Veterinary Clinical Investigation Center (VCIC)

Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center

The Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center (VCIC) supports the diverse clinical research missions of the Matthew J. Ryan Small Animal Veterinary Hospital and the New Bolton Center Large Animal Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

The mission of the VCIC is to promote and advance veterinary medicine, by coordinating and efficiently implementing high quality clinical studies designed to identify novel approaches to disease diagnosis, management, and prevention.  

The VCIC staff is comprised of veterinarians with advanced training in epidemiology and clinical trial design who assist and guide principal investigators through the process of protocol development and study design as well as veterinary clinical research nurses who are responsible for providing high quality patient care as well as data collection and recruitment for our various studies.

The VCIC collaborates with institutions including the School of Medicine at Penn, the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Investigational Drug Service at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  PennVet is also part of The Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium, an active network of twenty academic comparative oncology centers centrally managed by the NIH-NCI Center for Cancer Research's Comparative Oncology Program.  

Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center 

The various trials managed by the center are sponsored by external foundations and industry including pharmaceutical and pet food companies, as well as internal funding provided by the Department of Clinical Studies-Philadelphia.

The VCIC works closely with individual clinicians at the Ryan Hospital with active trials aimed at advancing medical care of veterinary patients in such specialties as cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine, dentistry, oncology, critical care, neurology, orthopedics and clinical nutrition.

What the VCIC Offers

Learn more about the Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center at Penn Vet.

  • Clinical studies: study our list of ongoing clinical trials.
  • For our sponsors: information for sponsors about what we offer, along with our facilities, resources, and equipment.
  • PennCHART: well-validated tools for the assessment of pain, physical functioning, and other symptoms experienced by animals.
  • VCIC FAQs: Learn what our clinical trials comprise, and whether one of our clinical trials is right for your animal.


Clinical Trials at Penn Vet

You can browse by animal or by type of trial to see which is relevant to you.

Contact the VCIC

Veterinary Clinical Investigation Center
Ryan Veterinary Hospital 3800 Spruce Street
179E Old Vet Courtyard Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215-573-0302
Fax: 215-746-1970

E-mail: vcic@vet.upenn.edu

Note: This e-mail address is for information regarding our studies only.

General medical/diagnosis questions should be directed to your local veterinarian. You can also make an appointment with one of our veterinary specialists at

Phone: 215-746-8387