The U-Vet Werribee Veterinary Hospital is research-intensive and we are dedicated to the advancement of animal, human and environmental well-being through the education and development of world-class veterinary scientists.
Clinical trials provide new or promising therapies for diseases. As a veterinary teaching hospital and research facility, we provide the best quality facilities for conducting clinical trials which may also include collaborating with like-minded organisations in the animal health industry.
Our Clinical Trials
Anaesthesia and Pain Management
Pain Management ResearchPeri and post operative analgesia in small animals.
Emergency & Critical CareCanine CPR Training Research
This research study seeks to find the most effective delivery method for canine CPR training to dog owners. Participants will learn to perform CPR on dogs for free.
Pet Snake Envenomation Research
The Pet Snake Envenomation Research Group conducts epidemiological and clinical studies in dogs and cats envenomed by snakes to generate new knowledge to advance diagnosis, treatment and outcome of snake envenomed pets.
Veterinary Resuscitation ResearchThis research is focussed on studies regarding lifesaving interventions for dogs and cats that are severely cardiovascularly compromised and the lasting effects on the body. Research areas includes diagnostics and therapies for fluid imbalances, sepsis and shock, in addition to CPR.
- Uterine immune response to bacteria during different stages of the oestrous cycle in the mare.
- Studies of the pathogenesis of canine pyometra.
Small Animal Medicine
Comparative Gastroenterology and Pancreatic Diseases in CaninesDid you know that the intestine has billions of living organisms (bacteria and viruses) that are vital for health? Do you know that sometimes these bacteria can trigger inflammation in the gut, and this is often determined by genetics and other environmental factors? Dogs and cats suffer from similar diseases to people. One of the inflammatory intestinal diseases (Crohn's disease), has similar presentation in people and dogs. Our group has been investigating the role of bacteria and viruses in the gut of dogs with IBD, as well as improving our understanding of how the immune system of the gut interacts with bacteria. Acute pancreatitis is a common condition in dogs, and can be very serious. We are currently trialling a hyper immune serum product to help with this severe inflammatory condition. We also evaluate other aspects of the gut by looking at how we treat IBD, how we can diagnose IBD and how obesity affects the health and well-being of our pets (and their guts)!
Our research particularly focuses on urinary tract infections in dogs and cats with the current projects:
Canine and Feline Urology Research
- Antibiotic susceptibility and mechanisms of resistance of canine uropathogenic bacteria.
- Pathotypic traits of E. coli isolated from the urinary tract of dogs.
- Urinary tract infections in pets with concurrent endocrine disease.
We are particularly interested in:
Canine and Feline Endocrinology Research
- Imaging as a diagnostic tool in canine adrenal disease and feline hyperthyroidism.
- Hyperthyroidism and its response to treatment with radioactive iodine.
Research in veterinary clinical pharmacology
- Drug Residues: How long do drugs persist and how long are they detectable in sample taken from racing and performance animals?
- Ornamental fish: What factors affect the morbidity and mortality of ornamental fish during transportation?
- Clinical Trials: We also conduct clinical trials for new drug products.