Feb. 21, 2022

Choosing the Right Clinical Trial for Your Dog | Dr. Craig Clifford Deep Dive

Choosing the Right Clinical Trial for Your Dog | Dr. Craig Clifford Deep Dive

Worried about paying for dog cancer treatment? Want access to the newest options? A clinical trial might be the right fit for you and your dog.


Veterinary oncologist Craig Clifford loves clinical trials. Why? Because they give him early access to some of the newest treatments and therapies, and provide cutting-edge care to patients at a decreased cost - or even completely free.

Dr. Clifford goes over how to find clinical trials and how to evaluate if a particular trial is the right fit for you, from covered expenses to how placebos are used and how many follow-up visits will be needed. The information and results gathered from clinical studies help to get treatments and medications fully approved, making them accessible to more of our beloved dogs.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

AVMA Animal Health Studies Database

Related Links:

Veterinary Cancer Society Clinical Trials Database

BluePearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospital Clinical Studies

Ethos Veterinary Health Clinical Studies

VCA Animal Hospitals Clinical Studies

Clinical Trials for Dog Cancer podcast episode

About Today’s Guest, Dr. Craig Clifford:

Dr. Craig Clifford is a graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received an MS degree in Animal Science/Virology from the University of Delaware. After completing an internship and a medical oncology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, he became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology) in 2003. He is a medical oncologist and director of Clinical Studies at Blue Pearl Malvern in Pennsylvania. He is active in clinical research within a referral setting and serves as an advisory board member with both industry and non-profit foundations. He is a renowned oncologist who has authored/co-authored over 70 papers and book chapters. He is a frequent lecturer at major veterinary meetings in the USA and abroad. Dr. Clifford is a member of the VCA Pet Cancer Care Alliance Committee and has served on the VCS executive board, ACVIM Exam Rating Committee, Residency Training and Credentials Committee, Oncology Pathology Working Group, Co-chair of the Standards of Excellence in Residency Education Task Force and an Examiner for the Australian Scientist’s Oncology Specialty Exam. LinkedIn profile

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