The benefits of using the Biospecimen Repository include:

  • Collection, annotation, storage and dissemination of high-quality biological material for research.

  • Many companion animal diseases are similar in biology and behavior to human diseases, making them an excellent research model for human disease.

  • Dogs and cats are exposed to the same environmental risk factors as humans, so studying their cancers may provide clues about what causes cancer in people.

  • Specimens can be used by clinicians, molecular biologists, geneticists, and epidemiologists to conduct research that will improve the lives of both animals and humans.