Clinical Investigation Center

About the Clinical Investigation Center (CIC)

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Our mission

The Clinical Investigation Center (CIC) develops and facilitates veterinary clinical trials and translational research studies which may lead to new drugs, devices, procedures and treatments for the benefit of animals and humans alike.  We do this by providing scientific and clinical expertise, facilities, technical staff and overall study coordination.

Our vision

The vision for the CIC is to be the premier veterinary research center for clinical trials in the United States.  The best medical centers not only apply the most current information, they create it.  To this end, clinical research is inseparable from the provision of state-of-the-art health care.  The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is recognized as a world leader in clinical research, where new knowledge is created from each patient.


With a committed sponsor, we can have your project up and running in 45 days or less. Preexisting budget, contract and protocol forms allow for smooth negotiations. Access to faculty experts in nearly every specialty, a large technical staff, and nearly 40,000 clinical cases per year allow for proficient study design and execution.


We have more than 10 years experience completing FDA phase I-IV studies, exploring new veterinary devices, treatments and procedures.  CIC Director Mike Conzemius has more than 15 years experience executing FDA, NIH and veterinary clinical research projects.


  • Expert resources; board-certified staff  in all specialty areas of veterinary medicine
  • 3T MRI
  • Linear accelerator
  • Gait lab featuring kinetics and 3D kinematics
  • CT scan (64 slice)
  • C-arm digital fluoroscopy
  • Endoscopy, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, ultrasound
  • One of the largest caseloads among veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States
  • 24-hour emergency service with round-the-clock hospital operations


The CIC conducts studies in accordance with Good Clinical Practices (GCP) regulations upon request.