The Blue Buffalo Veterinary Clinical Trials Office (BBVCTO) was established in 2007 and since that time it has grown to oversee approximately 20-35 clinical trials each year. These trials have resulted in the development of new treatments for cancer, heart disease, and arthritis among others.
What are Clinical Trials?
Clinical trials are studies in which a new therapy, diagnostic test, or medical device are evaluated in an effort to improve patient care and advance medical knowledge.
When a patient arrives at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center and is evaluated by one of the many specialists that work at our hospital, every potential option for diagnosis and treatment is offered. This may include the potential for enrollment in a clinical trial if the patient is found to be potentially eligible. Should an owner decide that they are interested in a clinical trial, then all the details of that trial are then explained to them, often by a member of the BBVCTO, in partnership with the veterinarian in charge of the patient's treatment.
Clinical trials at the Veterinary Medical Center adhere to a standard called Good Clinical Practice that ensures all data is accurate and patients are provided the highest level of care.
What are the benefits of participating in a clinical trial?
For most clinical trials, a portion or all of the costs associated with the diagnosis and treatment of the patient are covered. Additionally, many studies provide a financial credit at the Veterinary Medical Center for future treatments once the trial is complete.
Clinical trials also provide patients at the Veterinary Medical Center with access to advanced state-of-the-art care diagnostics and therapeutics often unavailable outside of the clinical trial.
Lastly, they represent a unique opportunity to contribute to advancing care of not only animals, but humans as well.
How do I enroll my pet in a clinical trial at Ohio State?
To see a list of our current clinical trials click here
If you believe that your pet may be eligible to enter a study, please click here to fill out a questionnaire. Once it has been submitted a member of our team will contact you within 1-2 business days. You can also contact us directly or have your veterinarian contact us for more information.
Myths and misconceptions about clinical trials
Veterinary clinical trials help veterinarians and researchers find new and better ways to treat pets, and sometimes people too. Dr. Sarah Moore, an associate professor and veterinarian at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, where she oversees clinical trials in neurology and pain management, in collaboration with the Blue Buffalo Veterinary Clinical Trials Office team, shared a few common misconceptions owners may have about veterinary clinical trials.
Here are some of those myths, and the truths behind them.