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What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are often conducted as part of the development of new medications, procedures, or therapies. This is the end-stage testing to determine the safety and degree of effectiveness for new drugs or treatments before FDA approval. Clinical trials are conducted with approval from the Clinical Research Committee, the Hospital Board, and the University of Georgia Research Foundation. Your pet will be monitored closely during the trial and receive excellent clinical care.

The University of Georgia works with various other research institutions and sponsors in conducting clinical research trials. The outcome of this important research benefits the entire veterinary community as safer, more effective treatments are developed as a result of new technology and ultimately made available to area veterinarians for the treatment of pets.

Why participate in clinical trials?

Please check the list below to see if your pet qualifies for one of the trials listed. Further information can be found by following the link on the right side of the table. Please check back frequently for new clinical trials.

Supporting clinical research

You also can help fund a study in which you are interested by donating money toward a particular researcher’s study budget through the University of Georgia Comparative Medical Fund. Please contact our giving office at 706.542.1807 or for information on how you can help.

What We Are Looking For Description of Study
What We Are Looking For Description of Study

Cats with cancerous tumors

Study to determine the effectiveness of an adjunct therapy in cats with fibrosarcoma

Dogs with brain tumors

Study to determine the effectiveness of a novel chemotherapy delivery system to canine brain tumors

Dogs with proteinuria due to chronic kidney disease

Study to determine the effectiveness of a new treatment to reduce urine protein loss in dogs

Horses undergoing surgery for colic

Study to investigate timing of antimicrobial therapy in horses undergoing surgery for colic

Cats diagnosed with thromboembolism (blood clot) due to cardiac disease

Study to compare the effectiveness of two different medications for preventing recurrent blood clots in cats

Cats newly diagnosed with diabetes mellitus

Study to determine if computed tomography (CT) imaging can predict which cats with diabetes will go into remission

Cats with lymphoma

Study to determine the safety and effectiveness of TANOVEA™ for the treatment of cats with lymphoma

Healthy large breed dogs from 8 weeks to 6 months of age

Study using ultrasound evaluation to determine the optimal timing for treatment of intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (IHPSS) 

Dogs that have received oral NSAIDS daily for at least 30 days

Evaluation of a new pill endoscopy capsule to detect gastrointestinal ulceration in dogs receiving long-term oral NSAID therapy

Dogs with superficial pyoderma

Study to investigate genetic relatedness and antibiotic susceptability of bacterial isolates across superficial pyoderma lesions within the same dog

Dogs who have had a TPLO surgery occurring between 2 and 4 months prior to enrollment

Study to evaluate the effectiveness of a novel disease modifying osteoarthritis drug on the development and progression of osteoarthritis 

Tissues from cats with chronic kidney disease

Study to investigate the specific tissue factors involved in the progression of chronic kidney disease

Healthy cats and cats with kidney disease undergoing dental procedures

Study to evaluate the effect of anesthesia duration on kidney biomarker levels in cats

Dogs with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis

Study to evaluate the ability of lokivetmab to modulate the molecular signature of canine atopic dermatitis using RNA sequencing

Dogs diagnosed with skin diseases pemphigus complex (PF) and cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE)

Study to determine the molecular pathways of autoimmune skin disease using RNA sequencing

Dogs diagnosed with myxomatous mitral valve disease with evidence of heart enlargement

Study to determine the incidence of aldosterone breakthrough in dogs treated for myxomatous mitral valve disease

Dogs with history of calcium oxalate urinary stones

Study to determine the effectiveness of an herbal supplement in decreasing urine saturation for calcium oxalate

Cats with hyperthyroidism

Study to evaluate an herbal supplement on thyroid function in cats with spontaneous hyperthyroidism

Dogs with pituitary dependent hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's disease)

Study to determine the effectiveness of an herbal supplement for treatment of Cushing's disease 

Dogs with melanoma or mast cell tumors

Study to evaluate the use of CT lymphangiography to identify sentinel lymph nodes in dogs with melanoma or mast cell tumors

Horses testing positive for Salmonella

Study to determine shedding duration in horses that test culture positive for Salmonella

Dogs aged 119-154 days that are healthy with no lameness

Study to determine closure of a specific growth plate in the distal humerus in dogs

Dogs with glial brain tumors

Study to evaluate the effectiveness of a noval immunotherapy as treatment for glial brain tumors in dogs

Cats newly diagnosed or pretreated for diabetes mellitus

Study to investigate a new, oral medication for treatment of diabetes in cats

Cats with intermediate to large cell lymphoma that have not received previous treatment

Study to evaluate overall response rate from treatment with a single oral chemotherapy agent

Draft horses of any age, in any type of work

Study to document factors that may contribute to ocular disease in draft breeds

Healthy donkeys age 1-15 years

Study to determine appropriate pergolide mesylate dosing for donkeys

Horses with lesional skin due to insect bite hypersensitivity

Study to investigate molecular phenotype of insect bite hypersensitivity in horses

Dogs with primary hyperparathyroidism

Study to evaluate pre-operative biomarkers that may indicate a risk of hypocalcemia post-operatively

Interested In Sponsoring Research?

Contact Us:
Lisa Reno, BS RVT
Clinical Research Coordinator

Clinical Research Registration

Please complete this form if you are intending to institute a clinical trial within the teaching hospital or if you are going to require clinical equipment or facilities to complete a research project.

This form needs to be completed prior to submitting grant or contract proposals to extramural funding sources.

(Please submit this form at least 2 months prior to the above proposed date)

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