Virginia Tech Launches Clinical Trials Website

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine’s new clinical trials website includes various studies for several species.


The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Shawna Klahn, assistant professor of oncology in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, performs a checkup on Grayton four weeks after his experimental cancer treatment involving gold nanoparticles and a targeted laser therapy. The details of this study can be found on the college’s new clinical trial website.

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech has launched a clinical trials website. The website offers a list of clinical research studies in a variety of species, including dogs, cats and horses. The studies seek to find or develop new treatments, therapies and diagnostic tools. New studies are added regularly, according to the college.

Among the studies listed:

  • “Accuracy of Non-Invasively Determined Pulmonary Artery Pressure in Dogs with Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease.” Purpose of study: To assess the accuracy of using heart sonograms (echocardiography) to determine blood pressure in the pulmonary vessels in dogs with heart valve disease.
  • “Pilot Study of AuroLase Therapy for the Treatment of Canine and Feline Solid Tumors.” Purpose of study: To determine the safety and efficacy of Aurolase (nanoparticle infusion plus targeted laser treatment) therapy in the treatment of canine and feline cancers.
  • “Comparison of seroprevalence of anti-Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease) antibodies in horses with unexplained multiple limb lameness or stiffness and sound horses.” Purpose of study: To determine if a potential relationship exists between Lyme disease infection and multiple limb lameness/stiffness in horses.

Referring veterinarians seeking to enroll an animal in a current study are urged to carefully review the study description and enrollment criteria.

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