The gift from the pet food company to establish the Blue Buffalo Veterinary Clinical Trials Office will expand the college's existing CTO, which engages in studies aimed at advancing medical knowledge and improving patient care for animals and humans. Veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians in the office work closely with faculty, staff, residents, and interns at the Veterinary Medical Center and at participating veterinary clinics to oversee clinical trials and ensure the highest standard of patient care.
Since the company was founded in 2002, Blue Buffalo has supported pet oncology studies aimed at identifying the causes of, treatments for, and prevention of dog and cat cancers. Over that period, the company and its Blue Buffalo Foundation have raised more than $12 million for pet cancer research and financial support to help pet owners pay for cancer treatment costs.
"This transformational gift from Blue Buffalo will significantly enhance our ability to support clinical trials for a variety of diseases, from cancer to heart failure," said CTO director Cheryl London, a professor of veterinary biosciences at OSU. "Clinical trials enhance the health and well-being of pets while also identifying more effective treatments for similar diseases that occur in people."