Clinical Trials and Studies

In line with unparalleled personalized care for our patient guests, VRCCO is dedicated to advancing veterinary medicine through clinical research and trials. Through collaborations with clinical research organizations, universities and private industry, we are able to apply promising, cutting-edge treatments to our patients while accumulating data that may help future patient guests, both here at VRCCO and as a whole across the country and world.

Clinical Trials Now Enrolling

HEMANGIOSARCOMA CLINICAL STUDY ANNOUNCEMENT: Now Enrolling Dogs with Splenic Hemangiosarcoma Post-Splenectomy

Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon is now enrolling dogs with Stage I or II splenic hemangiosarcoma (HSA) that have recenty undergone splenectomy. Patients are candidates for screening as long as they can initiate study treatment within 30 days of splenectomy and have not received cancer therapy to date. The study is fully funded. Enrolled patients will receive 4 doses of Paccal Vet® chemotherapy and will be monitored for up to 12 months following splenectomy.

Paccal Vet is a proprietary formulation of paclitaxel that has been developed to be better tolerated by dogs. The conventional formulation of paclitaxel (Taxol®) is associated with acute adverse reactions in dogs, which has largely precluded the use of paclitaxel as a chemotherapeutic in veterinary oncology. Paclitaxel is one of the most effective anticancer agents used in human cancer today, with potent activity against a wide variety of tumors. While anti-tumor activity has been documented in other cancers in dogs, studies have not yet been performed in hemangiosarcoma. This study seeks to test whether Paccal Vet is safe for use in dogs with hemangiosarcoma and whether the drug may improve their survival.

Each patient will be actively participating in the study for up to 12 months from the time of splenectomy or until disease progression. Enrolled patients will receive a total of 4 doses of Paccal Vet, administered 3 weeks apart. Enrollment benefits include all costs associated with treatment as well as diagnostics, including lab work, imaging (x-rays and ultrasound) and examinations during the study.

For more information, please contact the Oncology Department at VRCCO: kcouto@vrcvet.com

This study has been reviewed and approved by an ethical review board and will be conducted in compliance with VICH-GCP guidelines. It is being run by CASTR Alliance Inc., a veterinary clinical research organization. Enrollment in this study is voluntary.

VRCCO Oncology is located at our Emergency & Specialty Veterinary Hospital in Bend. To learn more please call 541-209-6960 or email us at info@vrcvet.com.


VRCCO Oncology
62889 NE Oxford Ct.
Bend, Oregon 97701