Whether you're a veterinarian or a pet parent (or both), being up-to-date on clinical studies can be an invaluable resource in ensuring the health and general well-being of animals in your care.
The American Veterinary Medical Assocation (AVMA) recently launched the AVMA Animal Health Studies Database (AAHSD), which allows those in the veterinary field, as well as researches and/or pet parents, to use a free search tool to find the latest cutting-edge veterinary findings.
According to an AVMA press release, "Veterinarians and animal owners may search AAHSD for studies that might be relevant to their patient or pet, either for a particular condition or even to provide health data or a sample from a normal animal. Owners interested in participating in such studies are encouraged to discuss their animal’s eligibility for any relevant study with their veterinarian. The site also has educational information regarding the conduct of clinical studies for both owners and investigators."
All of the clinical studies that are submitted for the database are read over by a panel of curators at the AVMA to ensure they are legitimate and in compliance with animal welfare laws and regulations.
Dr. Ed Murphey, an assistant director in the AVMA Education and Research Division, tells petMD that before the AAHSD, the only other available database was limited to cancer studies, and predominantly limited to cats and dogs. This new database—which currently has 178 studies—is "all-encompassing in that most all fields of veterinary medicine are included, as well as all species of animals," Murphey explains.
Murphey also points out that this database can help the people who use it, as much as the animals it is for. "Many of the conditions that naturally occur in animals are very similar to the same conditions in people, so what the veterinary community learns in animal patients can inform the human medical community," he says.
All in all, learning more from veterinary clinical studies benefits animals and the humans who want to care for them, now and in the long run.
"Clinical studies provide the best scientific evidence on which to base veterinary practice, so veterinary care improves over time as studies are completed," Murphey says.
You can visit the AVMA Animal Health Studies Database here.
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