Veterinary Clinical Research Network

The Veterinary Clinical Research Network (VCRN), managed by Invetus, an evolution in the management of clinical trials, speeding up the clinical study process, delivering high quality data and releasing client resources by:

  • Providing a single point of contact for multi-centre clinical studies;

  • Utilising a network of willing investigators trained in Good Clinical Practice (GCP) studies;

  • Using VCRN monitors to ensure the continued quality of studies from start to finish.

For clients who need to place studies in companion animals in Australia, VCRN represents a new way to successfully complete those studies quickly and effectively.

The VCRN has a network of veterinary practices, hospitals and research facilities throughout eastern Australia, who are trained in the requirements of clinical study evaluations. With links in all the major cities, studies can be run in a variety of climate conditions from the cool temperate to tropical. Working extensively with all types of veterinary specialists and emergency hospitals, the VCRN can access any type of companion animal disease and equipment needed for diagnostics and treatment.

The VCRN also has a network of experienced, trained and available monitors, who ensure studies are designed, conducted, recorded and reported according to the study protocol, as well as local and international guidelines.

Clinical Studies ...

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.

Listen to Dr Elizabeth Evans talking about VCRN


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For sponsors:

The VCRN is designed to be your outsource partner, a single point of contact who manage the research process for you. The recruitment of investigators & monitors, and the ongoing management of clinical animal studies is often a very time consuming and expensive process, so utilising the VCRN is an efficient and a cost-effective way to run clinical trials.

By using the VCRN, you can commission multi-site clinical studies in veterinary clinics, government institutions, or private homes as required, covering different geographical locations as needed for registration in Australia.

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The VCRN concentrates mainly on companion animals, general practice and specialty veterinarians in urban settings, working with pet owners. 

Utilising the VCRN speeds up the study recruitment process and ensures quality data generation with low rates of attrition. A streamlined clinical study process which delivers quality results can clearly both reduce costs and speed up the product development process… so successful products get to market faster! 

For clinicians:

The VCRN will work with clinicians to develop research ideas and either seek funding or manage various available tax incentives. VCRN will undertake research for veterinarians, and offers a suite of services which can be accessed in a modular fashion.

Are you a pet owner interested in joining a study?

Invetus is always looking for owners and their pets to join various studies around the country, to develop new treatments and improve the health of pets in the future. If you would like to find out more about how you can help, go to the Invetus Pet Network or follow us on Facebook.

Are you a veterinarian interested in joining the VCRN network?

VCRN is always looking for clinicians and their practices to join various studies around the country, to develop new treatments and improve the health of pets in the future. If you would like to find out more about being involved, please contact  Elizabeth Evans (Director, VCRN). Vets involved in the VCRN are contributing to evidence based medicine for the future of the profession. Clinics are fully remunerated for being involved in studies.

Are you a clinical research associate interested in helping out with these trials?

We are always on the look out for additional, experienced support to join our team. Click here for more information.

For more information:

Please contact Elizabeth Evans, Director, VCRN

Phone:   +61 (0)2 6770 3200