Natural Animal Models

Many diseases of dogs, cats, horses and other companion animals are similar to diseases in people.  For example, dogs, cats and horses often get similar types of cancers as people do since animals share much of our biology, environment, and exposures.  Accordingly, studying these “natural animal models of disease” can not only find better ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases of animals, but can provide great benefits for treatment of the same condition in humans. 

Craig Webb

Diabetes Natural Animal Model

Description: Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder that is increasing in prevalence in people, dogs, and cats. In each species, the disorder results from a defect in insulin secretion or


Epilepsy Natural Animal Model

Description: Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition characterized by unpredictable seizures, and it affects both humans and animals. Management of epilepsy is often challenging, especially with Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut

Dr. Jessica Quimby

Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is reported in 1-3% of cats with an estimated one-third of cats developing CKD in their lifetime. In the US, 15% of adults, 37 million people,