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At the University of Minnesota, we humbly acknowledge the significant role our animal friends have played in medical advancements throughout the years. Comparative medicine and animal models of human disease are crucial to the promotion of public health and the advancement of medical knowledge in veterinary and human medicine.

At the University of Minnesota we take the approach that animals and humans can learn a lot from each other.

Through programs like the Animal Cancer Care and Research Program, our researchers are broadening scientific understanding of both human and animal disease mechanisms, treatments, diagnosis and prognosis through work that helps pets recover from cancer.

Canine and human-linked clinical trials are also underway at the university, with a similar impact of bettering human and animal health outcomes alike.

Years ago, we began treating human patients for fatal brain tumors with a clinical approach first pioneered in dogs. We’ve treated more than 100 canines with the procedure and now human patients are benefiting from the treatment protocol.

In addition, new drugs, devices, procedures and treatments are being tested to ensure that what we know about science and medicine is fully utilized and expanded for the best improvements to health for both animals and humans.

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