Clinical trials are designed to evaluate new or promising therapies or diagnostics for existing diseases, answer questions concerning existing therapies, or gather specific information on rare types of diseases.
These studies commonly involve novel, “cutting-edge” therapies not previously used in companion animals, and as such, possible benefits and associated toxicities are not known. Clinical trials are generally classified into four phases in order to evaluate these treatments.
Many naturally occurring diseases in pet animals serve as “natural models” due to the similarities in their human counterparts. Better understanding of these diseases provides important information for research to benefit both species.
Hope Veterinary Specialists is part of several clinical trial networks that collaborate with the leaders in the industry (both human and animal health) as well as several universities known for their clinical trial programs. The results of these collaborative efforts are published in the veterinary literature and our doctors are well known in the field of oncology. These trials are designed to improve the knowledge in the veterinary field and help improve the quality of life of our patients.
Specifically, Hope VS is part of the Animal Clinical Investigations Clinical Trials Network. “ACI bridges the veterinary community with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, working together to develop treatments for pets with cancer and other complex medical conditions”. Hope VS is the only network site in this region and this collaboration allows our patients access to novel and cutting-edge technologies.
For more information regarding ACI, What We Do – Animal Clinical Investigation
The AVMA launched the AVMA Animal Health Studies Database in June 2016 as a resource for researchers seeking animals to participate in clinical studies and for veterinarians and animal owners exploring options for treatment. Veterinarians and animal owners may search the site to find studies that might be relevant to their patients or pet. Animal owners interested in participating in such studies are encouraged to discuss their eligibility for any relevant study with their veterinarian.