Clinical studies are studies designed to evaluate new or promising therapies and diagnostics, answer questions about existing therapies, or gather specific information on rare types of diseases. Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals participates in clinical studies, either our own studies or in collaboration with other institutions. Every veterinarian benefits from these studies, by learning new techniques and treatments or expanding our existing knowledge. Pets benefit from this research, too, either through direct participation or from the knowledge gained.
Types of Clinical Studies
A number of retrospective and prospective clinical studies are conducted by Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals.
- Retrospective studies involve data collection only, using information from computerized databases regarding certain types of diseases. We might explore how patients present to the hospital, responses to therapy, or what therapies yield the best results.
- Prospective studies evaluate existing treatments or new therapies, such as a different use for existing drugs or novel agents. While novel agents are considered experimental, their effectiveness has been proven in laboratory animals. Safety for these novel agents has been demonstrated and is considered a potential benefit to patients.
Qualifying patients are monitored carefully and strict adherence to the treatment protocol is necessary. Evaluation of the patient depends upon study guidelines, but generally involves visits to our hospital.
Cost of Participation
For many clinical studies, the costs of staging (evaluating the extent of disease), diagnosis (biopsy), and therapy (novel drug, appointments, and bloodwork) may be completely covered or defrayed by the study sponsor.
A better understanding of pet diseases benefits both man and animals. In performing clinical studies, Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals collaborates with universities, pharmaceutical companies, and clinical research organizations. The results of these collaborations are presented at veterinary meetings and published in the veterinary literature. All are designed to improve quality of life for our patients.
How Clinical Studies May Help Your Pet
We offer a number of studies evaluating current approaches to managing disease. For additional information on current and pending clinical studies, contact us at (732) 747-3636.
Read about our Current Clinical Studies