Veterinarians and Physicians Working Together

Innovative medical professionals are finding answers for patients after collaborating with doctors treating the other species.


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According to The New York Times, medical information exchanges between veterinarians and physicians are increasing due to a lack of answers from animal-testing trials, as well as species-related medical conditions. Researchers from hospitals are traveling to observe dogs with common arterial and ventricle anomalies, which are rare in humans, while veterinary doctors are pursuing information regarding non-invasive tumor treatments for cancer patients. The open exchange is due largely in part to the failure of rodent trials yielding the same results in humans. “The drugs cure the mice and keep failing when we try them on humans,” says Dr. John Ohlfest of the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center in the article. “The whole system is broken.”

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