Information for Animal & Pet Owners

Veterinary clinical trials are research studies that help find new ways to detect, prevent, and treat diseases in small and large animals.

During our trials, we provide the highest standard of care for your animal, while evaluating new drugs, devices, treatments, and procedures that have the potential to lengthen and improve the quality of animals’ lives. Success with our animal trials also frequently translates to benefits for human healthcare.

In some cases, expenses for the treatments may be partially or completely covered by the study’s sponsors.

How do I participate in a trial?

First, browse from our available clinical trials to see if there is a trial you wish to participate in.

If you believe your pet is eligible for a study, we recommend you contact your primary care veterinarian and request a referral. However, a referral is not always required to participate in a clinical trial.

If you are interested in or have more questions about participating in a trial, please contact:

Veterinary Clinical Trials
Purdue University
625 Harrison Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

(765) 496-9715

Common questions about Veterinary Clinical Trials

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials help us determine the safety and effectiveness of new healthcare treatments. We conduct clinical trials to answer specific questions about diagnostics, drugs and therapies and how they help improve the health of our patients. These trials are the fastest, safest, and most cost effective way to investigate new ideas and find treatments that work.

Why are clinical trials important?

Clinical trials help to advance veterinary medicine to improve the health of animals and their quality of life. These discoveries benefit not just your pet and future patients, but frequently also improve human health.

What are the benefits of participating in a clinical trial?

Clinical trials can offer alternatives for a patient where other options have failed. In addition, sometimes the costs of a specific treatment and drugs may be subsidized partially or completely by the study.

What if I don’t see a clinical trial for my pet?

If there is not a trial currently underway that your pet qualifies for, then check back. We begin new studies frequently.

How do I know clinical trials are safe?

There are some risks with any clinical trial, just as there are with many medical procedures. However, all clinical trials have been reviewed by 2 independent committees, including the Insitutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to ensure animal well-being.

Informed Owner Consent is an important part of each and every trial, meaning you will be given all the information up front about the study and any risks involved. Once you understand and agree to the information provided, we will enroll your pet in the trial.

What can I expect from the animal clinical trial team?

Our goal is to give you a thorough understanding of our clinical trials. We will explain what to expect for both you and your pet, and provide compassionate care throughout the trial. Some trials offer financial subsidies. When those subsidies are available, we will help you through the qualification process.

How can I find out if my pet qualifies for a study?

You can browse through our list of available Canine, Feline, and Equine studies or contact the Veterinary Clinical Trials Office at 765-496-9715 or

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