Dermatology For Animals Blog
Why Veterinary Research Matters
Reading about the recent study where researchers at Cambridge University took cells from the lining of paraplegic dogs’ noses and injected them into their spines, improving their ability to move their hind legs reminded me of why I get excited about clinical research. See this awesome video of Jasper before and after therapy- “Click Here”
The hardest challenge in medicine is that we only have a small understanding of how the body works. This challenge is also one of the great rewards of medicine, since asking questions and working to find the answers is what drives many of us. We know that, no matter how much we learn in a particular field, there will always be more to discover and learn. Medicine is a great field for people who want constant challenges and learning opportunities.
One of the many requirements to become board certified in veterinary dermatology (DAVCD) is to complete and publish original research. Some look at this requirement with dread, but at Dermatology for Animals, we strive to go beyond that minimum requirement and participate in multiple research projects. At the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology in Vancouver B.C. last July, D4A presented four research projects! Our very own Dr. Rebecca Mount won second place for excellence in clinical research for her resident project about ear pain in dogs with otitis-see picture. Because we are so excited about the field of veterinary dermatology and are always asking ‘why’ and ‘how’ and we look forward to conduct and publish research on a regular basis.
Many of our clinics also participate in clinical drug trials, where multiple clinics around the country evaluate new drugs for their safety and efficacy. Some of our most severely allergic patients come to us after having failed every conventional therapy-these drug trials can make a difference for many of them. Not only can the quality of their lives be improved, but the data we collect can help other dogs in the future.
Check out our website for a list of some of the projects we are working on. “Dermatology for Animals”
by: Anthea Schick DVM, DACVD