Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center


Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital
3800 Spruce Street, 181E Old Vet Courtyard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6008
Phone: 215.573.0302

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About Us

The Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center (VCIC) is located within the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The center's primary focus is the establishment of clinical trials directed at investigating novel treatments or diagnostic tools in a variety of spontaneous disease processes in client-owned pets. The VCIC staff is comprised of one veterinarian who assists and guides principal investigators through the process of protocol development and study design as well as several veterinary nurses who are responsible for providing 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 and the Investigational Drug Service at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The various trials of the VCIC 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 MJR-VHUP with active trials aimed at advancing medical care of veterinary patients in such specialties as cardiology, internal medicine, oncology, critical care and clinical nutrition.


Mission Statement:

To promote and advance veterinary medicine by providing investigators with the support necessary and by coordinating clinical trials which are aimed at the discovery of a novel approach to disease treatment, management, and prevention.


  • To serve as a center for investigators, sponsors and potential study volunteers interested in participating in or conducting clinical trials
  • To coordinate and facilitate all aspects of a trial to ensure proper protocol is followed 
  • To organize and maintain a database of clinical trials and the resources that are available 

Our Affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania:

The VCIC is a clinical service of the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which affords us the opportunity to utilize many of the state of the art equipment and facilities available at one of this top veterinary teaching hospital.

Available Facilities and Equipment:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging  
  • Computed Tomography 
  • Fluoroscopy 
  • Digital Radiology 
  • Intra-Oral Radiology 
  • Ultrasound 
  • Echocardiology 
  • Electromyography 
  • Endoscopy     


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