New clinical research report celebrates collaboration in veterinary profession
A new report covering trends in clinical research across the veterinary profession has launched. Sparking the Clinical Mind – How Collaboration Delivers Excellence in Research is free to download and focuses on the importance of collaboration to deliver high quality research projects
The first in a series of reports looking at clinical excellence and sustainability, it features authors from Mars, the Waltham Petcare Science Institute, veterinary group Linnaeus and Nottingham Trent University. Topics range from the role of primary care to the importance of One Health in delivering research that benefits people, pets and the planet.
Professor Luisa De Risio, Clinical Research & Excellence Director at Linnaeus, said:
“This report is the result of working in partnership, which is a theme that comes up repeatedly in the report. Delivering high-quality clinical research requires a sharing of knowledge, ideas and perspectives. From the development of your hypothesis to the outcome of your results – the input of others can corroborate, challenge and ultimately improve a research project.
“To deliver the best quality care for animals, we widely rely on evidence-based medicine. This report aims to highlight areas where we can do even more to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients.”
The report also features new studies from primary care and referral clinicians based at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in Hampshire, North Downs Specialist Referrals in Surrey, Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Yorkshire and Vet4Life in London.
The studies cover the management of canine idiopathic epilepsy; signs of stress in hyperthyroid cats; and breathing, accelerometry and sleep disturbances in brachycephalic dogs. A further research project focuses on retinal vascular health in senior and geriatric cats in association with their blood pressure.
Dr Darren Logan, Head of Research at the Waltham Petcare Science Institute, has contributed an article about the links between industry and academia. He added:
“The quality and scale of research from the veterinary profession is constantly improving, but greater collaboration will help us go even further. By opening discussions around the trends, challenges and opportunities in clinical research, I hope this report will help to generate further conversations between us all.”
To download Sparking the Clinical Mind – How Collaboration Delivers Excellence in Research please visit bit.ly/3Bd86yc.
The report’s contributing authors are:
- Dr Jo Gale, Director of Science Advocacy at Mars Petcare
- Dr Darren Logan, Head of Research at the Waltham Petcare Science Institute
- Dr Luisa De Risio, Clinical Research & Excellence Director at Linnaeus and Professor of Veterinary Neurology at Nottingham Trent University
- Prof Philippe B. Wilson, Professor of One Health at Nottingham Trent University
- Maureen Geraghty Sathi, Field Medical Director at Linnaeus
- Matthew Gurney, RCVS & EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia, and Clinical Director at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists
- Sebastian Griffin, RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine at Vet4Life
- Andra-Elena Enache, RCVS & EBVS® European Specialist in Ophthalmology at North Downs Specialist Referrals
- David Barker, RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery at Paragon Veterinary Referrals
Linnaeus has a dedicated clinical research team to support its Associates in developing and delivering clinical research. This assistance has helped Linnaeus Associates to publish or present 149 new studies in 2021. Last year, the group also introduced an Open Access Publication Fund to pay for the costs of publishing in open access peer-reviewed scientific journals. In 2022, Linnaeus introduced clinical research studies funding to cover the cost of conducting a clinical study.