NEWS3 March 2023

Surrey Research Park to host canine chemotherapy trials

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Surrey Research Park to host canine chemotherapy trials

AURA Veterinary, at Surrey Research Park, is seeking participants for two studies to see whether methods that have shown signs of promise in human medicine could also be effective for dogs.

Plans for clinical trials of two new techniques, which developers hope will help to improve the lives of dogs receiving chemotherapy, have been outlined

Would-be participants are being invited to join the studies, led by AURA Veterinary, which will examine whether monitoring and treatment methods that have shown promise in human cancer treatment can also work for dogs.

The Guildford-based practice is working with the University of Surrey on one of the projects, Development of Canine Oncology Proxy-Reported Outcome Measure (CO-PROM).

The study, which has received funding from The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, aims to develop similar tools to patient-reporting monitoring systems that previous research conducted at the University of Surrey has indicated can improve chemotherapy-related symptoms and quality of life in humans.

Owners of dogs that have been diagnosed with cancer and are receiving chemotherapy from AURA will be asked to complete a daily online questionnaire for a maximum of 21 days. Some will also be invited to participate in an online interview to give feedback on the questionnaire, with all participating owners receiving a £50 gift voucher.

Questions about the trials can be emailed to