Pet Owners & Referring Veterinarians

Cat getting an exam at UC Davis

Owners & Vets

Our goal is to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. As we treat our patients with standard methods, our veterinary clinicians are also evaluating new scientific breakthroughs that have the potential to improve the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. We use veterinary clinical trials to assess promising new treatments, drugs or procedures, but only after preliminary studies have established that the new methods are safe and have the potential to work better than existing methods.

In the short-term, the goal of our veterinary clinical trials is to improve the quality of life for your pet by providing them with the opportunity for diagnostics and treatments that otherwise may not be available. If the clinical trial results are promising, your pet's participation could benefit the health care of other animals in the future. Successful outcomes from veterinary clinical trials could also lead to comparable human clinical trials because people and companion animals suffer from many of the same disorders.  A few common disorders shared by pets and people include:

  • Cancer
    • Lymphoma
    • Osteosarcoma (bone tumors)
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (Dry Eye syndrome)
  • Osteoarthritis (arthritis)
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Genetic abnormalities (e.g., cleft palates)

Your pet's participation in these clinical trials could end up improving your health or that of your loved ones someday!

These trials are absolutely voluntary and the health care of your pet will not suffer if you do not choose to enroll in the trial. If you do choose to enroll, you can decide to withdraw your pet from the study at any time. We will respect your decision, whatever it may be, because you are a valuable asset to our program.

If you are interested in knowing more about clinical trials here at UC Davis, browse through our website or contact us!