In case of an after-hours emergency please contact the following emergency hospitals:

The Life Center
165 Fort Evans Rd. NE
Leesburg VA, 20176
Phone: (703) 777-5755

VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Speicalists & Emergency Center
500 Arlington Blvd.
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: (703) 752-9100

The Hope Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine
140 Park Street SE
Vienna, VA 22180
Phone: (703) 281-5121


Clinical Trials

We participate in the final phase of clinical trials — everything has been proven safe by the time it reaches us. The final phase is the administering of the drug to real patients.

Clinical Trial Basics: A pharmaceutical company may be interested in bringing a product here to the United States that is already approved and used in other countries. When participating in this type of trial there is often a wealth of safety information and the decision to participate in the trial is pretty straight forward. Some trials give a test medication (investigational product) to all pets enrolled and some studies give the study medicine to a portion of the enrolled pets, leaving the other pets in the study to be given a placebo. Not every pet is eligible to enroll in a trial. In order to properly control and test a medication testing companies will detail what pets are able to participate; what pre-existing conditions the pet can and cannot have. They will also detail what other medications are permitted. This information is available as Inclusion and Exclusion criteria.

Most trials offer free exams, bloodwork and medications. In exchange, owners who participate are expected to bring their pet in for re-checks at specified times and may be asked to fill out an owner logbook.

Current Clinical Trials

Is there anything grosser than worms?

Roundworms are the most common of the parasitic worms found inside a dog. Almost all dogs become infected with them at some time in their lives, usually as puppies. Roundworms may be contracted in different ways, making them easy to spread and hard to control.

We are looking for participation in a study for treatment of intestinal parasites. Please contact Elizabeth B or Karen BP to see if your pet might qualify.


What’s Involved?

It’s very simple! After speaking with us we simply need you to bring us a fresh (less than 24 hours old) sample of your dog’s stool.

 Why participate?

All study exams, office visits and laboratory tests are provided free of charge. In return for your dog’s enrollment and your participation in the study, you will be eligible to receive a $50 Visa gift card, upon completion of the study.

You and your dog can take pride in knowing that your direct participation will have aided veterinary physicians in the treatment of parasites and give your dog and others a healthy start to a long life!