Invetus have the capability to provide the research support and necessary testing to support a wide range of companion animal product developments; from palatability studies in the development of petfood to clinical studies required for drug development.

Many of these trials are carried out in-house at our Wongaburra Research Centre, which is a purpose built research facility housing 120 dogs and 50 cats.

One of the unique Invetus offerings is the clinical research capability managed through the Veterinary Clinical Research Network (VCRN). The network and the processes we follow provides a more efficient clinical study process; releasing client resources and getting products to market faster, without sacrificing data quality. Part of the process is the Invetus Pet Network, which allows for the efficient recruitment of pets with the required conditions to participate in trials.


Invetus can provide research capability in a wide range of research areas, including

  • Palatability studies
    • Australian paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus)
    • Brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineous)
    • Flea (Ctenocephalides felis)
  • Pharmacokinetic and bioequivalence studies
  • Target animal safety studies
  • Dental and ear studies
  • Digestibility studies (pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and pet foods)
  • Acceptability testing of pharmaceuticals and neutraceuticals
  • Blood collection and processing
  • Surgical and anaesthetic studies
  • Behavioural studies
  • Screening exercises (including experimental screening of new insecticide active
  • Feasibility/pilot studies leading to dose titration and confirmation studies
  • Study design

Often these are ad hoc studies design in conjunction with our customers. However, our palatability studies often use standard protocols. By using Invetus as an independent testing organisation, it provides extra validity to the studies, scientifically validated through approved test systems and statistical analysis.


Clinical studies on companion animals are managed through the Veterinary Clinical Research Network (VCRN), a highly efficient system (with a single point of contact) for generating quality clinical data, speeding up the development process.

  • Pain relief studies
  • Parasite studies
    • Australian paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus) studies
    • Brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineous) studies
    • Flea (Ctenocephalides felis) studies on dogs or cats
    • Internal parasites
  • Dental, dermatological and ear studies
  • Blood collection and processing
  • Specialised studies with specialist veterinarians including;
    • Oncology
    • Dermatology
    • Dental disease
    • Endocrinology
    • Feline medicine
    • Surgery
    • Emergency medicine
    • Gastroenterology
    • Ophthalmology

For any potential specialist study, we have connections with the right specialists and hospitals.

Large mammal models – VCRN also offer research in companion animals (dogs and cats) as large mammal models for human disease. The dogs and cats used in these studies have naturally occurring disease and their owners are often looking for new therapies to help their four legged friends. For example, in oncology we are working in dogs to cure brain tumours and this information will be used to treat humans on behalf of a leading Australian university and government research institute.