American Association of Feline Practitioners

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Clinical Trials

List of Clinical Trials

Feline Handling Survey

The Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph is conducting a research study of feline handling techniques. The purpose of this study is to identify feline handling techniques that are commonly used during routine examinations and procedures within veterinary clinics in Canada and the United States (US). The results of the questionnaire will be used to inform future studies assessing handling techniques that minimize stress in cats. If you have any questions contact: Dr. Lee Niel ( or Carly Moody ( To access the survey, please click herePosted 8/12/15

Cats with Chronic Kidney Disease

The feline chronic kidney research team at Colorado State University headed by Dr. Jessica Quimby is conducting a research study in collaboration with Vet Professionals by way of an online questionnaire, aimed at owners of cats with chronic kidney disease (CKD). We are especially interested in hearing from owners of cats that have used subcutaneous (SQ) fluids. If you have not given SQ fluids and/or, if your cat with CKD has passed away, you can still take the questionnaire. As a thank you for your time, you can claim 50% discount on our new edition of our book "Caring for a cat with chronic kidney disease" by Dr. Sarah Caney, available in print or PDF format. Thank you in advance! To access the survey, please click here. Posted 7/27/15

Feline Vector-Borne Disease (FVBD) in cats with acute onset fever

We will use recently improved vector-borne pathogen diagnostic assays (PCR and Serology) to screen cats with acute onset fever to gain insight into the prevalence of FVBD in cats with fever and to better understand the clinical signs of diseases caused by flea and tick-borne pathogens. This study requires blood and serum samples from cats with natural exposure to fleas and ticks who are presenting with signs of acute onset fever and whose veterinarian can provide data from a CBC and biochemistry panel. Free feline vector-borne disease Comprehensive Panels will be provided to cases fitting the inclusion criteria. Please see the NCSU-CVM Vector-Borne Disease Diagnostic Laboratory webpage for more information and specific entry criteria. Posted 6/9/15

Survey: Environmental enrichment benefits to body weight

Environmental enrichment can sometimes result in beneficial (side effect) changes in body weight and/or body condition score in some confined cats. This has led Dr. Tony Buffington to wonder if a more intentional focus on behavioral, as well as nutritional issues, might lead to better outcomes for these cats. To begin to address this question he invites veterinary teams to complete the brief one-minute survey. The goal is to use the data collected to develop a working group of colleagues interested in pursuing and contributing to this effort. Should you have any question please contact Dr. Buffington at Posted 5/11/15

Chronic Kidney Failure in Cats

Dr. Jody Lulich at the Minnesota Urolith Center (MUC) is investigating the connection between kidney stones and chronic kidney failure in cats. To help solve this common, costly and devastating problem, the Minnesota Urolith Center is requesting veterinarians to send the kidneys of cats who have succumbed to their illness. If cats with radiographically or ultrasonographically diagnosed kidney stones have a kidney removed during therapy, succumb to their illness, or are humanely euthanized; place whole, intact kidneys (without cutting them open) in formalin and ship them to Dr. Jody Lulich. To receive shipping information and instructions so that we cover the cost, email Dr. Lulich at One of the most compassionate acts we can perform as veterinarians and cat owners is to contribute to the efforts of scientists working to cure diseases. Posted 2/18/15

Improvement of Aggression Between Housemate Cats

Recruiting client-owned cats to participate in a clinical study that will assess the effect of a new pheromone product for the management and resolution of aggression between familiar housemate cats. This prospective, double blind trial is designed to investigate the causes of aggression between housemate cats, strategies owners use to intervene and the resolution of aggression. Eligibility is determined by owner completion of a check list and enrollment is through July 2014. Cats that have been fighting for more than 2 weeks may be eligible. Households including more than 6 cats are not eligible. Cats that are separated within the same home are not eligible. Use of any natural OTC supplements or pheromones in the home within 30 days of enrollment is not allowed. Use of longer acting medications (e.g. fluoxetine) is not allowed within 90 days. Volunteers are enrolled by attending a two hour educational meeting during which the feline social relationships, significance of feline body postures, and common aggressive displays is discussed. For more information on enrollment and qualifications, please contact Behavioral Medicine Oakland Veterinary Referral Services, 1400 S. Telegraph Rd. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302, Ph:1-248-334-6877, Posted 4/7/14

Feline Mycobacterial Disease

Dr. Carolyn O'Brien, a Feline Medicine Specialist, is collecting epidemiological data on feline mycobacteriosis from vets and owners from a world-wide perspective. As such, she has launched a website that provides a portal for people to enter their cat's details into a confidential database (which will not be forwarded on to any third party, nor will the information or website be used for any financial gain). Posted 3/9/14

Colorado State University - Clinical Trials Website

The Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital lists current clinical trials on their website. There are several open trials recruiting feline patients.

Penn Veterinary Medicine - Clinical Trials Website

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine lists current clinical trials on their website. There are several open trials recruiting feline patients.

Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials (VCCT)

The University of California - Davis School of Veterinary Medicine lists current clinical trials on their website. There are several open trials recruiting feline patients.