Ever wished there was a better drug or treatment protocol for your patient’s disease? At some point in our careers, most of us have experienced the heartbreak of telling an owner that their beloved pet’s or prized production animal’s medical condition can’t be treated, or that it’s not clear which of several treatment options might be the best choice for that patient. Veterinary medicine has come a very long way, but there’s still so much to learn.
Clinical trials play a vital role in research and can lead to new discoveries, treatments, and even cures for diseases that plague our patients. They also have the potential to help individual patients for whom standard treatments simply haven’t been successful. Perhaps you think one of your patients might benefit from participating in a clinical trial. But where do you begin?
The AVMA Animal Health Studies Database can help. The database is a free, searchable, online tool that connects practicing veterinarians and animal owners to veterinary clinical studies. Researchers enter information about their clinical studies into the database, which you can then search by keyword, species, diagnosis, field of medicine, or even location, to find trials that might be relevant to your patients.
The database opened earlier this year and already contains information on more than 230 clinical animal health studies in the United States and Canada. As of this writing, there were 197 trials accepting canine patients, 32 relevant to feline patients, 11 seeking equine participants, plus trials seeking agricultural animals and exotic or wildlife patients.
The tool even can be used to connect healthy patients to research studies – for example, to provide health data or a sample from a normal animal, or for a genome-wide study related to a certain breed. Both veterinarians and animal owners themselves can use the tool to search for studies relevant to a specific patient or pet; owners interested in participating in studies are encouraged to discuss their animal’s eligibility with their veterinarian first.
There is no fee for anyone – researchers, veterinarians or even animal owners – to use this tool. The AVMA has provided this resource in an effort to advance scientific research and discovery, and ultimately accelerate veterinary medical care for patients. In addition to facilitating enrollment into veterinary clinical studies, the database will serve as a running archive of studies that have been completed and provide an opportunity for researchers to post, or link to, the results of their completed studies. We also expect the database to serve as a valuable tool in advocating for federal research funding.
Post a link from your website
Would you like to help spread the word about this new tool? Feel free to link to it from your website. You can use this link to point to it:
You also may download the image shown above and use it to accompany your link to the database.