How do I know these clinical trials are safe?

Preliminary studies establish that the new methods are safe and have the potential to work better than existing methods.  If the results are promising, veterinary clinical trials can then be established to examine these new methods in companion animals.  Studies that involve people's pets are reviewed by two separate committees, which will thoroughly protect the rights of the owner and the health and wellbeing of their pets.  These committees consist of veterinarians in a variety of disciplines and specialists trained in reviewing protocols using animals.  The protocol cannot be approved until the investigator appropriately answers all of the questions from both committees.

Once the trial has begun, you and your veterinary team will know first-hand about the the effects of the new treatment or procedure.  If you notice any changes in the health or behavior of your animal, please inform your veterinary team as soon as possible.