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Partner with Loyal on clinical trials and help dogs everywhere while supporting the needs of your practice.

Join our mission to help dogs live longer, healthier lives

Our team of veterinarians, scientists, and dog lovers is pioneering new research focused on understanding and treating the underlying causes of canine aging. Participate in our clinical trials and bring important benefits to our research and to your practice.

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Your veterinary colleagues at Loyal

Dr. Mary Harrison
Dr. Mary Harrison
MA, VetMB, MRCVS
Veterinary Ambassador
Dr. Brennen McKenzie
Dr. Brennen McKenzie
VMD
Director of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Ellen Ratcliff
Dr. Ellen Ratcliff
DVM
Director of Clinical Development
Dr. Nicole Ehrhart
Dr. Nicole Ehrhart
VMD
Veterinary Advisor
Dr. Stijn Neissen
Dr. Stijn Neissen
PhD, DVM
Veterinary Advisor
Dr. John Loftus
Dr. John Loftus
PhD, DVM
Veterinary Advisor

The importance of collaboration

For any dog health product there are three key stakeholders: the dog, their owner, and their vet. We design our products with each stakeholder’s perspective and needs in mind.

Veterinarians like you play a key role bringing academic discoveries to market safely and effectively. We take this partnership seriously and look forward to working together to bring forward a new class of medicines.

Our commitments
Verified

We’ll publish all our results—positive and negative—to support the further development of veterinary science and animal health.
We will only develop products that are proven to be safe.
Our clinical studies will be enrolled across the United States, facilitating access to as many dogs in need as possible.
We’ll collaborate with vets to ensure our products will serve compelling unmet needs in veterinary medicine.
Veterinarians—internal and external—are involved at every stage of product development.

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What is a veterinary clinical trial?

A veterinary clinical trial is a research study conducted on veterinary patients and designed to determine whether a new medical, surgical, or behavioral intervention is safe and effective. Although veterinary clinical trials only enroll veterinary patients, the results often have impacts for both veterinary and human medicine.

What are the benefits of participating in a veterinary clinical trial?

General practice veterinarians can benefit from participating in clinical trial research in a variety of ways. Most importantly, participation in a veterinary clinical trial can lead to:

Improved pet health. Including more patients from primary-care populations increases the size and power of veterinary clinical trials. That, in turn, improves the quality of the research results and makes them more reliable and more broadly applicable. When general practice veterinarians participate in clinical trials, they contribute to evidence-based medicine and help advance pet health overall.

Individual and professional growth. A clinical trial offers valuable opportunities to learn about cutting-edge veterinary medicine and the strengths and limitations of research results. Participating offers a fresh perspective on veterinary medicine and can help demonstrate skills that are now in demand. Veterinarians with experience conducting clinical trials are increasingly sought after by the animal health industry, which needs to produce high quality evidence for regulators to market their products.

Increased revenue and enhanced reputation for the practice. Many clinical trials offer financial compensation and other incentives to encourage enrollment and continued engagement. Participation can also distinguish a practice as one that offers top quality care and a broad range of treatment options.

Do I need special skills or knowledge to participate in a veterinary clinical trial?

Trials vary, but generally, participation does not require special skills or knowledge beyond those used in standard veterinary appointments. A typical clinical research trial visit includes a physical examination, taking lab samples, and completing a short questionnaire. If special knowledge and/or skills are needed, the clinical research trial sponsor can quickly bring you up to speed and may offer compensation for training time.

Are veterinary clinical trials safe?

All medical procedures involve some measure of risk; however, any new medical, surgical, or behavioral intervention that is being investigated in a clinical trial has been demonstrated to be safe in preclinical studies and has met the FDA’s strict requirements for allowing further research in companion animals.

What about liability?

Clinical research trial contracts typically specify that veterinarians and staff have no liability associated with adverse events related to the intervention or the study.

What is currently being studied by veterinary clinical trials?

Veterinary clinical trials cover a wide range of topics and investigate a variety of different types of drugs and devices. Loyal is a clinical-stage veterinary medicine company that is specifically focused on developing drugs intended to delay and reverse canine aging. We want to improve the healthspan (quality of life) and lifespan (years of life) for dogs.

Are the drugs Loyal is investigating useful for patients in my practice?

As you undoubtedly see in your practice every day, aging impacts the health of every pet. Because Loyal’s clinical research trial is aimed at improving canine healthspan (quality of life) and lifespan (years of life), the drugs we are developing have the potential to help all dogs live longer, healthier lives.

How much does it cost to participate in a clinical research trial sponsored by Loyal?

As the clinical trial sponsor, Loyal will cover any costs associated with our trials (including all lab work and examination fees). To encourage participation and continued engagement, we also provide generous incentives for both the veterinary practice and enrolled clients.

How will participation in a Loyal clinical trial impact my staff?

At Loyal, we understand the demands your staff has to manage every day. That’s why we created incentives that can help compensate for their time. It is also worth noting that participating in clinical trial research offers a way for your staff to contribute in a meaningful way to the veterinary profession and improve pet health, while also advancing their knowledge, skillset, and loyalty.

Will it be difficult to enroll patients in Loyal’s clinical trials?

The drugs Loyal is developing do not target one specific disease. Instead, our research is focused on canine aging, which impacts all dogs. That means the enrollment criteria for our clinical trial is quite broad, and we believe that many of your clients will want to participate. Loyal also offers recruitment support, including educational materials and client compensation.

What is the time commitment for participating in a clinical trial with Loyal?

At Loyal, we have designed our clinical protocols to be easy to understand and execute so that they can fit easily into your practice’s busy schedule. After the initial screening appointment, an enrolled patient will need to visit twice a year for an appointment that includes a physical exam, the collection of lab samples, and completion of a short questionnaire.

How can I find out more and start participating in Loyal’s clinical trials?

For more information, please visit the Loyal blog. If you would like to talk to a veterinarian on Loyal’s clinical staff, please fill out the form below or email vets@loyalfordogs.com.

Participate in our clinical trials

Contribute to evidence-based medicine and help advance pet health. By joining our clinical trials you can play a key role in developing new drugs to help dogs everywhere.