“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. Fourth-year veterinary students are also welcome to attend.

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 20 credit hours.

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Course Fee: $650
Note: Residents who are members of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society are eligible for a 25% discount on this course. Select the appropriate button at right to register at the discounted rate of $487.50. Are you a resident but not a VOS member? Join VOS today to receive the discounted rate. VOS member status will be verified by CRI after registration is submitted.

Registration Note: During the registration process, registrants will be asked to upload a photo of themselves and a short biography saved as a Word document or similar file. For veterinarians and physical therapists, please include the following information: name, degree, certifications, practice name, practice location, type of practice, number of years in practice, number of years practicing veterinary rehabilitation, research experience, publications, and why you are taking this course. For fourth-year veterinary students, please include the following information: name, degree being pursued, school, graduation date, research experience, publications, and why you are taking this course.

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. Online discussions will take place at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on the following dates:

  • Week 1: September 9, 2019 (Monday)
  • Week 2: September 16, 2019 (Monday)
  • Week 3: September 23, 2019 (Monday)
  • Week 4: September 30, 2019 (Monday)
  • Week 5: October 7, 2019 (Monday)
  • Week 6: October 14, 2019 (Monday)
  • Week 7: October 21, 2019 (Monday)
  • Week 8: October 28, 2019 (Monday)
  • Week 9: November 6, 2019 (Wednesday) - note schedule change
  • Week 10: November 11, 2019 (Monday)

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.