AVMA Animal Health Studies Database

Frequently Asked Questions
Contents
  • General
    • Is there a charge for listing studies on the AAHSD?
    • My study is not yet approved by an IACUC or a Veterinary Clinical Studies Committee. Can I enter it on the AAHSD?
    • Why can't I find my study on the AAHSD?
    • Can I register a study after it has started, has closed to recruitment, or has been completed?
    • Must clinical studies be registered on the AAHSD?
    • How do I contact the AAHSD if I have a question about my study record?
  • User access to study listing
    • Can a study listing have more than one person with access to edit the listing?
  • Results
    • Am I required to submit the results of a clinical trial to the AAHSD?

Additional questions, or comments, about the AAHSD may be sent to AAHSD_Comments@avma.org. For technical issues using the site, please contact AAHSD_Help@avma.org.

General

Is there a charge for listing studies on AAHSD?

No, there is no charge for listing studies on the AAHSD. This is a free service provided to the veterinary community in an effort to facilitate advancement of animal health. Of course, veterinarians who are not AVMA members can support the maintenance and future development of this site, and other AVMA activities, by joining the AVMA.

My study is not yet approved by an IACUC or a Veterinary Clinical Studies Committee. Can I enter it on the AAHSD?

No. To submit a study, users must verify that the study has been reviewed and/or is being performed as required by all applicable laws and regulations regarding the use of animals in research in their country, state, province, and/or region. Studies pending (or failing) those processes are not eligible for submission to the AAHSD.

Why can't I find my study on the AAHSD?

It might not have been released for publishing on the site yet. After a study has been entered into the AAHSD, it must go through 2 stages of review. In the first, AVMA staff screen the authenticity of the submission and verify that all required fields have been completed. The study then is reviewed by a curator in the relevant content area to identify possible errors, deficiencies, or inconsistencies in the field entries. In most instances, the study will be published in the database, or returned for editing to the study submitter, within 1-2 weeks. Substantive edits to published studies, including submission of results of finalized studies, will undergo a similar process before the edits are published.

See How to Submit a Study and Archiving Study Results for more information.

Can I register a study after it has started, has closed to recruitment, or has been completed?

Yes, you can register a study on the AAHSD at any time – even if it has already been completed. Investigators wishing to disseminate the results of finalized studies may submit their study listing and post (or link to) the results of that study.

Do clinical studies have to be registered on the AAHSD?

No, unlike in human medicine there is no federal requirement that veterinary clinical studies must be registered on any database. However, it is advantageous to do so. A clinical study listed on the AAHSD will be widely visible and thus will maximize recruitment opportunities. Listing a clinical study on the AAHSD serves the greater veterinary clinical research community as well by making other investigators aware of studies underway or completed, thus reducing duplication as well as promoting opportunities for collaboration.

How do I contact the AAHSD if I have a question about my study record?

If you have questions or need help updating your record, contact us at AAHSD_Help@avma.org. If the question is about an administrative aspect regarding listing your study or edits, an AVMA staff person will contact you. Otherwise, a curator for your content area will contact you. Questions will be answered as soon as practical, and usually within a few days.

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User access to study listing

Can a study listing have more than one person with access to edit the listing?

No, the system as built presently does not allow for more than one user per study. Please contact the AAHSD if a change needs to be made regarding user access for editing any study already published on the AAHSD: AAHSD_Help@avma.org.

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Results

Am I required to submit the results of a clinical trial to the AAHSD?

No. But AAHSD users are encouraged to do so. Posting the results on the AAHSD provides transparency to the public about veterinary clinical studies being conducted, honors the owners and animals which participated in the study, and may alleviate unnecessary duplication of studies already conducted, thereby making maximal use of the limited resources available to conduct studies in the first place. Archiving results from completed studies on the AAHSD also serves to overcome publication bias against those studies without significant, positive results. For further information, see Archiving Study Results.

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