Information for Investigators and Sponsors

People, facilities and equipment

Clinical trials are conducted by teams of investigators from the College of Veterinary Medicine and facilitated by the Veterinary Clinical Trial support group of the Center for Comparative Clinical and Translational Research. Research teams are led by faculty members of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. The Veterinary Clinical Trial support group is directed by Dr. George Moore, DVM, PhD, and managed by Becky Bierman, RVT.

Trials are conducted at the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH), an approx. 80,000 square foot facility. The VTH has a small and large animal hospital, as well as an ambulatory large animal service, a food animal service, and a mobile spay and neuter service. The VTH has a total of 54 board certified specialists in 20 disciplines, advanced diagnostic imaging and clinical pathology services, and has a 24 hour emergency service and critical care unit.

The clinical disciplines have access to state of the art equipment for diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases. A biospecimen repository is located in the VTH.

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Lab Policies, Fees and Frequently Asked Questions

Policies 

Policies - The Policies of the Veterinary Clinical Trial support service detail confidentiality, conflict resolution, cost recovery and payment, prioritization of work and publication rules.

Scheduling – Scheduling of a study will be done on a first come first serve basis. Please contact the Veterinary Clinical Trial technician (VeterinaryClinicalTrials@purdue.edu) to schedule your project. 

Confidentiality – Confidentiality of studies conducted by the Veterinary Clinical Trial support service is assured by University Policies and confidentiality agreements with Purdue University.

Publications – In publications that describe research facilitated by the Veterinary Clinical Trial support service, authors should include a statement acknowledging the use of the Veterinary Clinical Trials support service: “The author(s) acknowledge the assistance of Veterinary Clinical Trials support service, a core facility of the NIH-funded Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute.” 

Fees and Billing 

Fees - The Veterinary Clinical Trial technician rate is $41/hr.     

Billing - Monthly updates on project expenses based on labor hours and supply purchases are provided by the Veterinary Clinical Trial technician. Monthly billing statements are provided by the Purdue University Business Offices.

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Animal Welfare

To ensure the welfare of animals enrolled in clinical trials, Purdue University requires a two-step study approval process: 1) review and approval of the study protocol by the Veterinary Clinical Studies Committee (VCSC) of the College of Veterinary Medicine and 2) review and approval of the study protocol by the Purdue Animal Care and Use Committee (PACUC).

The purpose of the review by the VCSC is to review the safety, design and feasibility of the proposed study. The application package to the VCSC consists of the (unapproved) PACUC application and an Owner Consent form for the study. The VCSC will complete the review in 5-7 business days.

For further information about the VCSC approval process please contact the Office of Research of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine

The Purdue Animal Care and Use Committee reviews study protocols to ensure ethical use of research animals and compliance with the statutes of the Animal Welfare Act and the guidelines of the Public Health Service as issued in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (revised 1996). Extensive effort are made to provide excellent care for animals used in research, to gain the maximum amount of information from every animal used, and to minimize procedures that have potential for discomfort, distress, or pain. The application package should include the PACUC application and a letter of the CRB stating approval of the study protocol. The PACUC approval process will take at least 2 weeks.

For further information about the PACUC approval process please contact the Purdue Animal and Use Committee.

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How to start a study (investigators)

Preparations for a clinical trial consist of several stages. The Veterinary Clinical Trials support group can help you with your preparations.

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How to start a study (sponsors)

Our specialists and staff are very interested in collaborating with you on animal clinical studies and trials. The Veterinary Clinical Trials support group can help you with identifying an outstanding team of potential collaborators and can assist you and your collaborators with all aspects of study development, study execution, data collection and analysis, and publication.

If you would like to contact us for more information or how we can meet your research needs, please contact:

George E. Moore, DVM, PhD, ACVIM
Director Veterinary Clinical Trials
Email: gemoore@purdue.edu or VeterinaryClinicalTrials@purdue.edu
Tel: (765) 496-3487

Gert J. Breur, DVM, PhD, ACVS
Director Center for Comparative Translational Research
Email: breur@purdue.edu or CTR@purdue.edu
Tel: (765) 496-3487

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