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Additional Frequently Asked Questions


Are clinical trials safe?

Clinical studies are regulated at many levels. All studies involving client owned animals must be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or a committee delegated by the IACUC that has the expertise to evaluate clinical studies. These committees includes researchers, veterinarians, and lay personnel who are not involved in the medical field. All staff involved in the various trials are required to participate in courses and pass examinations on safety, ethics, and animal care before they can work with a study patient.

Is there financial assistance available to cover the costs unrelated to the study?

If you require additional financial assistance, the following is a list of independent organizations for veterinary care that we have worked with in the past:

In Memory of Magic

The Magic Bullet Fund

The Pet Fund

Paws 4 A Cure

All 4 Pets WNY

Friends and Vets Helping Pets

What are my and my pet's right as a volunteer in a Clinical Study?

Should you volunteer your pet for a clinical trial you will be given a client consent form before the trial begins which explains the nature of the study, any risks and/or benefits, your responsibilities, as well as any financial compensation. It will also list the name and contact information of the study's principal investigator should you have any questions. You are also free to withdraw your pet from the study without penalty at any time that you feel it may be necessary.

Will I go to a different hospital or clinic for the study?

All studies are conducted within the Cornell University Hospital for Animals.

Will the doctors and nurses ask me more questions about my pet's condition?

Each time you visit the Hospital, you will be asked a series or questions and updates. Additionally, the clinician will let you know of any study updates.

Will there be more paperwork or additional tests when we are in the study?

There could be times when additional paperwork may be needed, depending on the nature of the study. There could also be the need for additional tests that are not part of the clinical study. In every case, those recommended tests will be reviewed with you to seek your approval. Depending on the nature and need for the test, they may be covered by the clinical study.

What questions should I ask if I am requested to participate in a clinical study?

You are encouraged to ask as many questions that you might think of regarding the participation in a clinical study. The informed consent form may provide many answers; however, if you have other questions or need further understanding, please do not hesitate to ask. Here are some questions that may come to mind:

What is the purpose of the study?
Why do you believe the new treatment being tested may be effective?
Has this treatment been previously tested?
How is my pet's safety being checked?
What are the possible short and long term risks?
Are there already standard treatments for my pet's condition?
How do the possible risks, side effects, and benefits in this study compare with standard therapy?
How will I know the treatment is working?
Will my pet be able to see our regular veterinarian?

Will I know of the outcome of the study once it is completed?

Study results will be shared with you by the clinician in charge of the study. You will also be kept abreast of the study while it is being conducted. Continual communication is so important to the success of our studies.

How do I find out more or enroll my pet or client in a Clinical Study?

You can learn more about clinical studies being conducted in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University by subscribing to our email notification system. Alternatively, our web site is updated frequently and new clinical studies are added.

Is there a reference guide to explain common terms used in clinical studies?

"The Perseus Foundation: Animal Cancer Awareness Initiative" developed an informative reference guide. Included within the guide are terms used in clinical studies.