Clinical Investigation Center

Facilities and Equipment

Clinical investigations take place at the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine in state-of-the-art facilities.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

3T (Tesla) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides high-resolution imaging and contrast studies. 

preparing a dog for MRI

Orthopedic Gait Lab

Orthopedic Gait Lab

Clinical trials have access to a fully-equipped Orthopedic Gait Lab, able to perform pressure platform (force plate and TEKSCAN) and three-dimensional gait analysis.

Dog walking on the force plate

C-Arm fluoroscopy unit

C-Arm fluoroscopy unit

The C-Arm fluoroscopy unit is available to provide video images during surgery.

Endoscopy, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, ultrasound

Endoscopy, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, ultrasound

CT

CT

CIC studies are able to use the Veterinary Medical Center's 64-slice Toshiba CT.

PET-CT

PET-CT

Positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) is available at the Center for Clinical Imaging Research (CCIR) on the Minneapolis campus. The CIC transports clinical animals to the CCIR and provides anesthesia and support throughout. 

PET-CT machine

Veterinary Medical Center

Veterinary Medical Center

The Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) has served the community for more than a century. Clinical trials performed here have access to the most advanced, full-service referral care center for large and small animals in Minnesota. The VMC, which sees nearly 40,000 cases annually, has specialists available in all areas of medicine and surgery. Over 50 of the veterinarians on staff have undergone several years of additional training to become Board Certified Specialists in a particular area of veterinary medicine.

Research Animal Facilities

Research Animal Facilities

Our AAALAC accredited research animal facilities are overseen by the University of Minnesota Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, which is administered by the Office of Research Subjects Protection Programs. Special care housing exists for a multitude of veterinary and biomedical applications.

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) promotes animal and human health through early detection and monitoring of animal diseases. The VDL is accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians as a full service diagnostic laboratory for all animal species. The Laboratory is the official laboratory of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and its services assist in official disease monitoring and control programs including health certification for interstate and international commerce.

Flow Cytometry Facility

Flow Cytometry Facility

The University Flow Cytometry Resource (UFCR) provides services in routine and advanced tasks including immunophenotyping, reticulocyte enumeration, DNA analysis and absolute counting. Capable of analyzing and sorting cells tagged with four different fluorochromes.

University of Minnesota Genomics Center

University of Minnesota Genomics Center

The University of Minnesota Genomics Center (UMGC) provices genomics research services.  Facilities and services include DNA sequencing and analysis, expression, genotyping, nucleic acid extraction and related support.

Molecular & Cellular Therapeutics Facility

Molecular & Cellular Therapeutics Facility

A unit of the Academic Health Center, Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics offers state-of-the-art GMP/GTP compliant, full-service development and manufacturing of cell- and tissue-based products, monoclonal antibodies and other therapeutic proteins, as well as active pharmaceutical ingredients, for use in Phase I, II or III clinical trials.