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Department of Clinical Sciences

Student holding ferret

Mar 27, 2015

Research Study Enhances Pain Treatment for Ferrets

The NC State CVM research team conducted a study of meloxicam in nine male and nine female ferrets. Among the team’s discoveries, the correct meloxicam dose may be similar to that needed for cats and dogs, and... 

Dr. Brian Gilger (right) and Dr. Elizabeth Curto remove cataract from the eye of River,

Mar 9, 2015

Surgeons at NC State Veterinary Medicine Remove Cataract from Sunfish

When they came across a five-year-old sunfish named River at the Museum of Life + Science in Durham, N.C. that had a cataract on just one eye, Greg Lewbart decided that River was an excellent candidate for surgery... 

Dr. Brian Gilger, conducting an ocular equine exam

Feb 3, 2015

Researchers Advance New Glaucoma Treatments

Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the ocular pressure is abnormally high. This painful condition may result in irreversible blindness. Like people, glaucoma can occur spontaneously in certain breeds of dogs... 

Jan 13, 2015

Canine Paralysis Study Suggests Spinal Cord Injuries Require Customized Treatments

A clinical trial from North Carolina State University involving paraplegic dogs has demonstrated that a one-size fits all approach is not ideal for treating spinal cord injuries. Instead, the study highlights the fact that the population of canine paraplegics – even those with the same type of injury – are very diverse, and that courses… 

NC State University's Dr. Natasha Olby works with a colleage at the University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Photo by Marc Hall/NC State University

Jan 7, 2015

Dog Paralysis Study Suggests Spinal Cord Injuries Require Customized Treatments

Dr. Olby and her team recruited 19 paraplegic dogs for the trial. All of the dogs had suffered similar spinal cord injuries, and all of them had been injured long enough to rule out any hope of unaided recovery... 

Sep 11, 2014

‘One Medicine’ Pilot Studies at College of Veterinary Medicine Help Uncover Genetic Basis of Disease

New discoveries are being made daily in the field of genomics—the study of the genetic basis of disease and health—that have the potential to create new and effective treatments for many complex diseases plaguing both people and animals. Modern technology, for example, allows researchers to identify, or map, diseases to specific regions of chromosomes. Sequencing… 


Feb 19, 2014

Researchers Find Mutated Canine Gene May Aid Understanding of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found a link between a mutation in a gene called RAB 24 and an inherited neurodegenerative disease in Old English sheepdogs and Gordon setters. The findings may help further understanding of neurodegenerative diseases and identify new treatments for both canine and human sufferers. Hereditary ataxias are an important group… 

Chronic Mobility

Nov 6, 2013

NC State University Comparative Pain Research Lab Studies Role of Pain in Chronic Mobility Issues

Researchers in the Comparative Pain Research Laboratory at NC State University’s Veterinary Health Complex are seeking participants for a clinical trial that seeks to measure pain levels in dogs. Eligible dogs are two or older, weigh at least 33 pounds, and exhibit lameness in hind limbs, stiffness in the hips and/ or stifle joint, or a… 

Feb 14, 2012

CVM Stem Cell Study Benefits Dogs with Spinal Cord Injuries

Tobi is a six-year-old cocker spaniel whose hind legs were paralyzed after he suffered a herniated disc in his spine. Although Tobi will never fully regain the use of his legs, he has benefitted from a clinical trial involving stem cell transplantation in dogs that is currently underway at North Carolina State University. See video… 

Jun 14, 2011

Morris Animal Foundation Supports CVM Stem Cell Research

The following is reprinted, in part, from an article by Kelley Weir from the current issue of Animal News, a publication of the Morris Animal Foundation. Stem cell research has blown the door of science wide open for new therapies to address diseases that animals face. Currently, adult stem cells are being investigated as treatments…