Clinical Trials

Veterinary Clinical Trials in Onondaga County

The Clinical Trials Department at Liverpool Animal Health Center has participated in FDA clinical trials since 2016. Led by Dr. Wormuth, Liverpool participates exclusively in the final phase of clinical trials to ensure that we recommend only the safest novel treatments for your pets.

If you have any questions about a particular clinical trial or would like to learn more, contact Liverpool today: (315) 766-2178

Commonly Asked Questions

How do clinical trials work?

Before a pharmaceutical company can formally introduce a new treatment in the United States that has already been approved and used in other countries, they must first conduct a clinical trial. The purpose of a clinical trial is to show how effective a particular medication is and receive FDA approval so that the treatment can be brought to a larger pool of pets. There are a few different types of clinical trials, including trials where the test medication (also known as the investigational product) is provided to all pets enrolled in the study while other trials only provide medication/ treatment to a portion of enrolled pets. All other pets will be provided a placebo as part of a control group.

How safe are clinical trials?

As with any new treatment, risks are always involved. When participating in the final phase of clinical trials, pet owners and veterinarians typically have access to a wealth of safety information that helps to inform the decision-making process. In the event that you are interested in including your pet in the final phase of a clinical trial, Dr. Wormuth will walk through all of your available options and help to determine if this treatment course is the best path for your pet’s health.

Is my pet eligible to participate in a clinical trial?

Not all pets are eligible to enroll in a clinical trial. Due to the regulated nature of any trial, pharmaceutical companies need to ensure a properly controlled environment to test a medication. Each clinical trial is different and will have specific Inclusion and Exclusion criteria that our Clinical Trial Department at Liverpool will review with you in detail. Some factors considered may include: pre-existing conditions, other medications your pet is taking, age, species, etc.

What are the benefits of a clinical trial?

Clinical trials provide pets and their pet parents access to treatments that can dramatically improve quality of life and -in some cases- resolve health issues.

Often a large portion of exams, blood work, and medications are covered by the clinical trial itself so as not to burden participants.

It is rewarding to know that you and your pet’s efforts were involved in the process of a drug or treatment’s approval by the FDA which can help improve the quality of life for all animals.

What are my responsibilities during a clinical trial?

While many clinical trials offer free or discounted exams, bloodwork, and medications, owners who participate may be required to bring in their pet for regular re-checks at specified times as part of the process. You may also need to fill out an owner log book.

For more information on our current trials, please call us at (315) 766-2178 and ask to speak to the doctor.

Current Clinical Trials at Liverpool Animal Health Center*

Liverpool Animal Health Center’s Clinical Trial Department is currently seeking patients to participate in the following clinical trials:


  • Canine flea study


  • Feline flea study
  • Feline diabetes Mellitus
  • Feline osteoarthritis
  • Feline chronic kidney disease w/anemia

*Disclaimer: Please be aware clinical trials may start or stop suddenly and may no longer be available at this time. We try our best to update our website in a timely manner and apologize for any inconvenience.


For more information and to determine if your pet qualifies to participate in one of these studies, please call us at (315) 766-2178 and ask to speak with the Clinical Trials Department.

Past Trials Include:


  • Canine Pyoderma (skin bacterial infection)
  • Canine Hypothyroid
  • Canine Kevatoconjunctivitis Sicca (dry eye)
  • Canine Mast Cell Tumor
  • Canine Osteoarthritis
  • Canine Phenotype Study


  • Feline allergic dermatitis
  • Feline Weight Loss with Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Feline Anorexia
  • Feline Arthritis

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