How to participate in a clinical trial

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The Blue Buffalo Veterinary Clinical Trials Office (BBVCTO) is staffed by both registered veterinary technicians (RVTs) and veterinarians that have extensive experience in all aspects of clinical trials including study design, patient care, conduct of studies, quality assurance of data and final evaluation of trials.

All clinical trial study protocols are reviewed prior to approval to make sure that all required rules and regulations are closely followed, and that the welfare of all patients entered into studies is ensured.

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 explained to them, often by a member of the BBVCTO in partnership with the veterinarian in charge of the patient's treatment. After all the requirements necessary for entering and participating in a clinical trial are carefully explained, a consent form must be signed before the patient is screened and can be officially enrolled.

Some clinical trials are relatively short (2-6 weeks) while others may be conducted over several months. For patients enrolled in clinical trials, care is overseen by both veterinary specialists as well as staff members in the BBVCTO who have extensive experience with patients participating in clinical trials. While paitents are enrolled in a clinical trial, visits are typically coordinated by the BBVCTO staff, and efforts are made to ensure that quality of life is maintained or enhanced during the study.