“I feel empowered to do clinical research. I now know how to ask the right questions and get the data."

"This course has opened my eyes to how easily we could conduct clinical research in our own practice. For years we have documented outcomes from different treatment formats, and now we have a way to evaluate them and hopefully help others."

"Overall, super happy with the course!"

"This course got me (from) having an interest in clinical research to actually writing
my first grant proposal in a few short weeks! Amazing to have the knowledge, confidence and tools to move forward in research."

– Anonymous survey responses from students in the 2016 Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course
Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research
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Prerequisites: This course is open to all veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary and physical therapy interns and residents.

Course Description: The goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to clinical research in the veterinary setting. The entire process from concept to publication will be covered. Each participant will begin by developing a research hypothesis that matches their interests and clinical case loads, and then will design, carry out and analyze the data for a pilot study. This online course will take place over 10 weeks and be limited to 15 students.

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 15 credit hours.

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Course Fee: TBD

Methods of Instruction:
Each week participants will be required to:

  • View one hour of video lecture on their own time (usually divided into shorter lectures totaling one hour)
  • Read assignments from the two required texts
  • Work 2-4 hours on assignments
  • Participate in a 1-hour live discussion (Audio recordings of weekly discussions will be available for download.)

Topics Covered

  • Hypothesis design – the how and the why
  • Experimental design – maximizing efficiency
  • Collaborations – making them work
  • Pilot studies – testing your experimental design
  • Statistics – dispelling the fear
  • Funding – tapping available sources
  • Informed consents – design and execution
  • Recruiting patients – incentives
  • Organizing and compiling data – data integrity
  • Statistical analysis – it’s actually fun!
  • Writing your manuscript – dealing with paper anxiety
  • Submission and review – tips and tricks

Schedule: Our current course runs for 10 weeks. Students will need to participate in a minimum of 8 live discussions (only 2 live discussions may be missed). If students miss a live session, they will be expected to view the recordings from the missed session before the next live discussion in order to keep up with the class. We strongly discourage students from missing 2 live sessions in a row.