As part of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, a world leader in veterinary research, we share the mission of improving animal health through innovation and discovery. While we are focused on the pets that we personally treat at CUVS, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of all dogs and cats through participation in clinical trials and by contributing knowledge and expertise.
We work together with researchers and scientists to better understand animal diseases and to identify new and improved tests and treatments, so that we can help to improve the quality and length of our pets’ lives.
Clinical Trials at CUVS (Stamford)
A clinical trial is a study performed on patients to evaluate medical procedures or devices, diagnostic tests, or even new therapies. Each trial aims to answer a specific question (or questions) regarding a specific patient population group. In answering these questions, we can better diagnose and treat diseases. This can profoundly benefit both animals and humans, as many of the diseases that affect pets closely resemble those affecting people.
Participation in a clinical trial is always entirely voluntary. It is essential for each trial that patient enrollment can only be with the owner’s informed and written consent. If you are interested in a clinical trial, or if we feel your pet may be a candidate, we will thoroughly discuss all aspects of the trial and provide you with a document that outlines the goals, protocol, risks and implications of that trial, as well as contact information for the primary investigator. No participation is possible without your review and written consent. Furthermore, declining participation will never, in any way, impact the care that your pet receives. That is core to what we do.
There are several benefits to enrolling in a clinical trial including:
- To gain access to novel treatments, especially if other options have failed.
- To make a valuable contribution to medical knowledge. Clinical trial participants can play an important role in getting new drugs, devices or tests approved for use in treating other patients.
- Because some, or all, of the associated costs are covered by the study, enabling expert care for a fraction of the usual costs.
Current Clinical Trials at CUVS
The Cornell Veterinary Biobank
There are 3,000+ disorders in animals that have a genetic basis, of which almost 1,500 are potential models of human disease. The Cornell Veterinary Biobank’s goal is to enable research in these diseases, leading to improvements in animal and human health. To achieve this, we bring together the public and scientific community by collecting biological samples from both ill and healthy animals – which are processed and catalogued with accurate clinical information – and provided to researchers, thus accelerating biomedical research projects.
Clinical Trials at CUHA (Ithaca)
For more information on the many clinical trials at Cornell University’s Hospital for Animals in Ithaca, New York, Please visit here