“I learnt a great deal during this course and look forward to putting it into practice. Thank you."
–Tanya Grantham, BVSc, CVA, CCRP, CCBW
Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

“Wonderful course – I learned so much."
–Sheradan Pate, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Pismo Beach, Hawaii

Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research
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"I absolutely loved this class. Chris's enthusiasm for research as well as her openness to people who are not in academia as nascent researchers was refreshing. As someone who went directly into practice rather than the internship route, it was very helpful in defining the research process from how to form a solid hypothesis from a germ of an idea all the way to writing the paper. It also provided a basis to read journal articles with a more critical eye. The tips that Chris provided from her years of experience in the research field were invaluable."
–Beth Ellen McNamara, DVM, CCRT, CVMA, CVAT, Harrison, Maine


Prerequisites: This course is open to all veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary and physical therapy interns and residents. Fourth-year veterinary students are also welcome to attend.

Course Description: The goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to clinical research in the veterinary setting. The entire process from concept to publication will be covered. Each participant will begin by developing a research hypothesis that matches their interests and clinical case loads, and then will design, carry out and analyze the data for a pilot study. This online course includes 10 online discussions held once a week (see schedule below) and is limited to 15 students.

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 20 credit hours.

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Course Fee: $650
Note: Residents who are members of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society are eligible for a 25% discount on this course. Select the appropriate button at right to register at the discounted rate of $487.50. Are you an ACVSMR resident or other resident, but not a VOS member? Join VOS today to receive the discounted rate. VOS member status will be verified by CRI after registration is submitted.

Registration Note: During the registration process, registrants will be asked to upload a photo of themselves and a short biography saved as a Word document or similar file. For veterinarians and physical therapists, please include the following information: name, degree, certifications, practice name, practice location, type of practice, number of years in practice, number of years practicing veterinary rehabilitation, research experience, publications, and why you are taking this course. For fourth-year veterinary students, please include the following information: name, degree being pursued, school, graduation date, research experience, publications, and why you are taking this course.

Methods of Instruction:
Each week participants will be required to:

  • View one hour of video lecture on their own time (usually divided into shorter lectures totaling one hour)
  • Read assignments from the two required texts
  • Work 2-4 hours on assignments
  • Participate in a 1-hour live discussion (Audio recordings of weekly discussions will be available for download.)

Topics Covered

  • Hypothesis design – the how and the why
  • Experimental design – maximizing efficiency
  • Collaborations – making them work
  • Pilot studies – testing your experimental design
  • Statistics – dispelling the fear
  • Funding – tapping available sources
  • Informed consents – design and execution
  • Recruiting patients – incentives
  • Organizing and compiling data – data integrity
  • Statistical analysis – it's actually fun!
  • Writing your manuscript – dealing with paper anxiety
  • Submission and review – tips and tricks

Schedule: Our current course includes 10 online discussions. Please check back for a schedule of online discussions for our next course.

Students will need to participate in a minimum of 8 live discussions (only 2 live discussions may be missed). If students miss a live session, they will be expected to view the recordings from the missed session before the next live discussion in order to keep up with the class. We strongly discourage students from missing 2 live sessions in a row.