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Developing a new blood test using healthy dogs and rabbits

Blood samples from healthy dogs and rabbits for immunologic assay development

Status: Recruiting

Species: Dog, Exotic, Rabbit

Veterinary Speciality: Exotics, Internal Medicine


Currently enrolling rabbits only.

To develop tests to measure lymphocyte function in healthy animals, which will then be able to be used to monitor disease in sick dogs and rabbits. Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cells that function as part of the immune system. Normally, they respond properly to foreign invaders in the body. When the lymphocytes do not act properly diseases may occur.

Once adequately developed and validated, the proposed tests will allow us to evaluate immune function in dogs and rabbits with diseases affecting their immune systems. The various applications of these tests include evaluating rabbits with Encephalitozoon cuniculi, an infection also affecting humans, and measuring the effects of immune suppressing drugs taken by both dogs and humans.  To be able to measure immune responses in sick patients, we must first develop the tests in blood from healthy animals.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Healthy dogs weighing more than 5 kg and between the ages of 1 and 12
  • Healthy rabbits weighing more than 1 kg and between the ages of 1 and 6

Exclusion Criteria

Dogs: weighing < 5 kg

< 1 year old or > 12 years old


Rabbits: weighing < 1 kg

< 1 year old or > 6 years old


Contact Info

For questions regarding the clinical trial please email the clinical trials technician, Diane Welsh at:

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