“Happy and Healthy Pets are our Business!”
How can you and your pet help?
Invetus is involved in work that is critical to ensure the latest and best veterinary medicines and preventatives are registered as safe and effective for dogs and cats in Australia.
If your pet has a disease or condition, maybe you can help in the development of new treatments?
The Invetus Pet Network gives you the opportunity to contribute to the development of these new medicines to benefit your pet and others. If your pet has a disease or condition relevant to one of our studies you can apply for your pets to be part of the trial.
How does it work?
Step 1: Complete the expression of interest form (on this page)
This will allow us to contact you when new studies are being prepared.
Step 2: Trial information
You will be sent an email with relevant information when new studies are recruiting volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, you live in the trial area and your pet is eligible, you will need to complete a trial registration form
Step 3: Trial registration
Complete the online registration form (a link to the online trial registration form will be provided in the email provided in step 2).
Step 4: Owner and Pet Interview
You application form will be reviewed by our staff and you will be contacted for further discussion. This will be the opportunity for us to find out a little more about you and your pet, as well as the chance for you to ask any questions
Step 5: Acceptance
If we decide your pet is eligible and you are happy to continue and volunteer, you will be provided with the necessary sign up forms. If you don't wish to proceed, that's perfectly OK, we will keep you informed of other opportunities that may arise in the future.
Step 6: Treatment
The nature of the treatment will vary depending on the study, but free consultations, diagnostic tests and treatments are often available at your local vet if your pet is eligible and you wish to be part of this important work. There is also a pet voucher and free medication for every pet that completes one of our trials.
The Invetus Pet Network are currently recruiting for the following studies
Brain tumour study: Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra Melbourne
Dog and cat flea study in Brisbane, Sydney and Cairns
More studies coming soon
The Invetus Pet Network in action
Perhaps the best way to get a feel for how it works and the benefits of involvement in this work is through some case studies...
Invetus Pet Network and 'Mouse' from Melbourne...
Mouse was a lovely old dog recruited in Melbourne in an Australia wide study to look at brain tumours as a model for the same disease in people. He was diagnosed with one of the nastiest brain tumours called a glioblastoma or glioma. Luckily he was able to have surgery by one of the top vet neurologists in Australia to reduce the tumour size which gave him some relief of his symptoms. Unfortunately, this disease is ultimately fatal in most dogs and people.
Invetus has teamed up with CSIRO to look at new therapies which can help both dogs and humans with this horrible disease - see our news article.
Invetus Pet Network team up with Collaroy Veterinary Services to help Cisco!
Cisco is a black Labrador that had terrible, chronic hip pain. This really affected his enjoyment of life and he was unable to get in and out of the car easily. Cisco had a typical case of arthritis in both hips. Seeing their pet in pain, Cisco’s lovely owners decided to get involved in a Vet x trial for a new pain relieving arthritis medication.
Dr Elizabeth Evans, Director of Clinical Research at Invetus explains how Cisco got his treatment...
"Firstly, X-rays were done of his hips by Dr Chris Hong at Collaroy Veterinary Services. From the resulting images, we could see that both his hips were affected. We also carried out some additional blood and urine tests to check he was ok (he was). For the owner, the good news was that all of these tests were paid for by the Invetus trial."
"With Cisco given the all clear to start the treatment, he was given medication straight away. Now he has been on the medication for three weeks and is doing so much better! His medication will continue until the end of the study, when he will get two months free pain relief for his contribution."
"We can see a real improvement in Cisco’s pain scores from the start of the study. The data indicates that this medication will most likely get registered for dogs and be another string in the bow for vets to use against this debilitating disease."
"As well as seeing an improvement in his own condition, Cisco's involvement in helping get this product registered will help many other dogs in the future who battle with arthritis, which is great for pets and their owners. Without the help of dogs and their owners, none of this would be possible, so we are really pleased that his owners decided to get involved."
Your pet is in good hands...
Dr Elizabeth Evans, Director of Clinical Research, is a passionate vet who loves animals. She is in the business of helping to develop new medications so that dogs and cats in Australia can have the latest treatments. She works closely with many vets to study these new medications.
Invetus have a network of highly qualified vets around the country who support this critical work. There's a good chance one of these vets is based at a veterinary practice near you. The Balmain Veterinary Hospital (Sydney) is one such example where the three partners who own the practice support this work.