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Veterinary Research Services


Developing new veterinary products such as animal medications, treatments or pet foods? We offer world class research capability coupled with state of the art, AAALAC approved, animal research facilities. 

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Veterinary Research Services


Developing new veterinary products such as animal medications, treatments or pet foods? We offer world class research capability coupled with state of the art, AAALAC approved, animal research facilities. 

Veterinary Research Services

For companies developing new veterinary products, Vetx offers world class research capability coupled with state of the art, AAALAC approved, animal research facilities. Whether you are developing companion animal medications, treatments or pet foods, we can add value to your research and development process.

Why should you choose Vetx Research as your partner? Vetx has

  • Skillful staff with a track record in running successful veterinary studies
  • Full accreditation in both the quality of its research and the quality of its animal care (AAALAC Accreditation)
  • Extensive experience conducting research to GCP and GLP standards
  • State of the art facilities (Wongaburra Research Centre), housing happy, healthy dogs and cats
  • Clinical research capabilities through the Vetx Clinical Research Network (VCRN)
  • A fully equipped, in-house Insectarium with major ectoparasitic arthropods under culture (Vetx Entomology)

Although Vetx has particular expertise in working with dogs and cats in the development of companion animal medications and pet foods, Vetx Research also has the capabilities to carry out trials with horses. Whatever your need or stage of product development, Vetx is your professional R&D partner.

Vetx Research also has the capability to conduct equine and production animal studies with partner contract research organisations.

Whatever your need or stage of product development, Vetx is your professional R&D partner.

Capabilities

Study capabilities include:

  • Australian paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus) studies on companion and production animals
  • Brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineous) studies
  • Flea (Ctenocephalides felis) studies on dogs or cats
  • Palatability studies - pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and pet foods
  • Pharmacokinetic and bioequivalence studies
  • Target animal safety studies
  • Dental and ear studies
  • Blood collection and processing
  • Surgical and anaesthetic studies
  • Feasibility/pilot studies leading to dose titration and confirmation studies
  • Specialised studies on behalf of clients such as cardiac research
  • Experimental screening of new insecticide actives
  • Study design
 Ear studies

Ear studies

 Palatability trials

Palatability trials

Study Design

As well as carrying out the research, Vet x will work together with you in the design and preparation of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) protocols and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) study plans, data capture forms, collection and analysis of data.

Ethics

Vet x Research has its own Animal Ethics Committee (AEC). Meetings are held regularly throughout the year however additional ad hoc meetings may be scheduled to facilitate the implementation of your study. All research involving the use of animals must be reviewed, approved and overseen by an AEC. (AEC Terms of Reference). Vet x Research prides itself on the health and welfare of its animals and operates under the close guidance and oversight of the AEC. Animal Welfare is our No. 1 priority.

Quality

All work is undertaken according to our robust quality management and assurance systems, to meet agreed project timelines and budgets. Vet x Research is fully accredited in the quality of its research and the quality of its animal care.

Reports & Registration

Vet x Research is skilled and experienced in producing study reports and can provide robust and reliable analysis of data. Our reports are suitable for direct presentation to regulatory authorities in Australia and internationally to aid smooth and efficient product registration.

Confidentiality

All work and indeed our relationships with our research partners are treated as confidential information. Formal confidentiality agreements will be put in place prior to commencing work.

 
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Veterinary Research Facilities | Vetx Research


Veterinary Research Facilities | Vetx Research


Vetx Research Facilities

Wongaburra Research Centre

All laboratory / small animal pen studies are carried out at Wongaburra Research Centre (WRC) in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. WRC, built in 2008 and extended in 2013, is a purpose built, state of the art, environmentally sensitive research facility.

Fully accredited and licensed research facility

 Fully accredited research facilities

Fully accredited research facilities

  • Accredited animal research establishment
  • First veterinary clinical research organisation in Australasia to be accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC), a global non-profit organisation that promotes the care and welfare of laboratory animals
  • Licensed veterinary hospital (Licence No. 000963), suitable for provision of in house veterinary care, anaesthetic and surgical studies

Laboratory / small pen animal studies

  • Significant research capacity is provided by extensive, approved facilities for dogs and cats, including climate controlled, individual housing.
  • Dog studies are conducted using foxhounds and beagles, and cat studies using domestic shorthair and longhair cats.
  • Fully equipped veterinary hospital with an operating theatre, autoclave and ancillary equipment suitable for surgical studies.
 Climate controlled animal housing

Climate controlled animal housing

 Large exercise areas

Large exercise areas

 Regular human interactions

Regular human interactions

Vetx Entomology

A fully equipped entomology laboratory and insectarium is available for In vitro testing of experimental compounds. Numerous cultures of pest arthropod species are maintained for the development of novel and existing products. Learn more..

 

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AAALAC Accreditation | Vetx Research


AAALAC Accreditation | Vetx Research


Animal well-being is our No.1 priority

Vetx Research was the first contract research organisation in Australasia to gain accreditation from AAALAC.

 AAALAC accreditation

AAALAC accreditation

AAALAC - the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, is an organisation that has been championing excellence in animal care for over 50 years. AAALAC is a global non-profit organisation that promotes the care and welfare of laboratory animals - "AAALAC International is where science and responsible animal care connect".

By voluntarily applying for accreditation by AAALAC, Vetx Research has undergone a rigid auditing process to ensure all operations and animal care practices meet global standards. This included a comprehensive three day site visit by independent, international experts in animal welfare.

To maintain accreditation, Vetx Research must follow the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory animals (NRC), an additional layer of guidance literature to accompany the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (NHMRC).