A report focusing on the knowledge and skills needed for pioneering veterinary clinical research has launched.

Pathways to Innovation: Learning and Leadership in Clinical Veterinary Research explores topics ranging from the growth of artificial intelligence to the importance of ethics.

Free to download, it comprises research and articles by experts from across the veterinary profession.

Ciaran O’Flynn from the Waltham Petcare Science Institute explores artificial intelligence, while Professor David Morton CBE, Chair of the Ethics Review Panel at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, discusses ethics. While Chris Jenkins from The Kennel Club Genetics Centre discusses the unique support for his research into canine epilepsy, Dr Hannah Sargent from veterinary group Linnaeus considers the value of the PhD.

The report also features research by Associates based across Linnaeus, including DWR Veterinary Specialists, Cave Veterinary Specialists and Greenside Veterinary Practice.  

The studies cover retention within veterinary nursing; canine corneal bacterial pathogens; canine appendicular soft tissue sarcomas and mast cell tumours; and autologous mesenchymal stromal cell treatment. Many of the studies received funding from the Linnaeus Open Access Publication Charge initiative, and statistical support from the Waltham Petcare Science Institute.

Professor Luisa De Risio, Clinical Research and Excellence Director at Linnaeus, commented:

“Clinical research is fundamental to securing the best outcomes for our patients. Deepening our knowledge, and embracing new ways of working, will help the veterinary profession to provide the best possible care.

“Innovation in clinical research can only happen if we embrace change in society – from new technology to improvements in animal welfare. As well as showcasing the latest research, our new report also brings together experts to consider the opportunities for our profession.”

Led by Professor De Risio, the clinical research team at Linnaeus helps its Associates to complete hundreds of studies. In 2022, 146 studies by Linnaeus Associates were published or presented at veterinary conferences. Linnaeus is also part of Mars Veterinary Health and Mars Petcare, which offer a global network of scientists, subject matter experts and specialists to collaborate with.

Pathways to Innovation is the third in a series of insight reports by Linnaeus, which focus on sustainability and clinical research. To download Pathways to Innovation for free, please visit bit.ly/42KFrMK.

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