Do you recruit participants for veterinary clinical trials?

This 15-minute online training course provides an overview of best practices for obtaining informed consent in clinical research with client owned animals (veterinary patients). Through this course, learners will review the essential elements that should be considered when putting together a consent form. These include readability, discussion of risks and benefits, other options for care, and the inclusion of a study calendar. Learners will also consider methods for ensuring that animal owners have ample opportunity to review trial requirements and ask questions. Obtaining consent under unique circumstances, like emergencies and in the remote setting, will also be reviewed.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, you will be able to:

  • List the essential elements of informed consent for veterinary clinical trials.
  • Explain the importance of readability in consent forms.
  • Identify 2-3 key considerations for obtaining informed consent in an emergency or owner-not-present setting



Any veterinary researchers, research coordinators, research nurses/veterinary technicians, practitioners, students, or other study members or individuals who might be involved in recruiting or enrolling veterinary patients in clinical trials are strongly encouraged to take this course. 

This course was developed with funding from a Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance pilot grant and is offered at no cost.