At UW Veterinary Care, our expert clinicians are dedicated to raising the standard of care by using the latest technologies, while also performing research to advance veterinary and human medicine – now and in the future. Clinical research allows us to develop new and potentially more effective diagnostic and treatment options. Many studies offer some financial incentive.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Clinical Study?
Clinical studies involve researching new medications, treatments, tests or devices to determine if they improve patients’ health and well-being. Clinical studies are also known as clinical trials or clinical research.
How can my pet participate?
All studies have specific criteria regarding species of animal, condition to be treated, current medications, etc. Each specialty service lists the requirement for their individual studies. Clinical studies are always voluntary. No patient enrolls in a study without the full understanding and permission of the client. If your pet does not qualify for a current study, please, check back frequently for new studies.
What are the benefits or risks?
Patients participating in a study may receive treatments not available to the general population. A pet may or may not benefit from the treatment, however, all studies advance scientific knowledge. New drugs and protocols may have side effects. Studies may require frequent visits to the UW Veterinary Care for recheck exams and laboratory tests. The School of Veterinary Medicine’s Animal Care and Use committee reviews and approves all studies to assure minimal risk to the patient.
What does it cost?
The cost of participation varies with the individual study. Grants fund many studies that cover part or all of the treatment costs. The clinician and client discuss all fees prior to a patient entering a clinical study.