Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a clinical trial?  
    Clinical trials are investigations that test the safety and/or effectiveness of drugs, devices, treatments, or preventive measures in both humans and animals. Most clinical trials are conducted based on preliminary data from laboratory studies that have shown how a new treatment may be effective. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the safest and fastest way to evaluate newly discovered methods and treatment options. In many cases clinical trials are conducted to find a better treatment when the current therapies are not very effective.
  2. Why are clinical trials important?
    Results of clinical trials help to advance the health of both animals and people, which ultimately improves the quality of life of everyone.
  3. What are the benefits of participating in a clinical trail?
    Often clinical trials offer a second chance for a patient when all other options have failed. In addition, there is often a financial incentive that may cover costs such as hospital visits, surgery, drug treatments, x-rays, etc.

  4. Are there risks with participating in a clinical trial?
    With any clinical trial there may be some side effects or risks involved. However all clinical trials performed at the Veterinary Medical Center are reviewed by the Clinical Trials Advisory Committee and must be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at The Ohio State University to ensure the welfare of study participants. Some trials may require a lot of time for traveling to the Veterinary Medical Center for treatments, follow-up exams, or hospital stays. The specific requirements of each study as well as potential study associated risks are discussed in detail and provided in writing prior to entry into a clinical trial (also known as "informed consent"). This informed consent document must be signed prior to participation in a clinical trial.
  5. How can I find out if my pet qualifies for a study?
    Please visit our web site to find out more about clinical trials for which your pet may be eligible. If you would like to schedule an appointment please call the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center at 614-292-3551. We continually strive to improve the care and treatment of animals, large and small.
  6. What if I do not see a trial where my pet may qualify?
    Please check back if you do not see a current trial that fits you pet. We are always trying to improve the well being of our animals and new studies are being added every month. You are also welcome to e-mail the Blue Buffalo Veterinary Clinical Trials Office staff with specific questions