Scientists have developed a vaccine to prevent dog cancer, and it is being tested out right now in Colorado, Wisconsin, and California.
The Vaccination Against Canine Cancer Study (VACCS) is testing out a vaccine that will hopefully prevent dogs from getting eight of the most common cancers. As of June 1st the study finished enrolling 800 healthy dogs, each of whom will be followed for five years after getting the initial vaccination series.
Listen in to hear Dr. Jenna Burton, one of the oncologists working on the study, explain how the vaccine was designed, which dogs can participate, and what they are hoping to see and learn. Even if the vaccine doesn’t perform as well as hoped, this study will provide a huge amount of valuable information on cancer development in dogs that can help all of our future canine companions.
Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:
Early Dog Cancer Prevention and Vaccine Trials podcast episode
Could a Vaccine Prevent Dog Cancer? podcast episode
About Today’s Guest, Dr. Jenna Burton:
Dr. Jenna Burton completed veterinary school at The Ohio State University then joined the team at the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University (CSU) as an intern, medical oncology resident, and finally as a faculty member. In 2014, Dr. Burton joined the faculty of the University of California, Davis where she served as the director of the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials. She returned to CSU in 2020 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Flint Animal Cancer Center. Her research is focused on the conduct of clinical trials to improve the health and treatment of pets with cancer, with an emphasis on comparative oncology trials.
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