Texas A&M University

Naturally Occurring Disease Models

OsteosarcomaTIPS promotes the use of animals with naturally occurring diseases as viable alternatives to creating a disease model.  Naturally occurring animal models are increasingly recognized as a viable tool for studying disease and its treatment in humans. Increased life expectancy - allows scientists to see disease progression over a relatively short period of time.

  • Pets share a similar environment as their owners and are exposed to the same toxins and carcinogens.
  • There is a high rate of compliance in veterinary clinical trials.
  • People tend to own the same breed and want to prevent common diseases within that breed.

Common diseases that are shared across species include:

  • Osteosarcoma
  • Lymphoma
  • Diabetes
  • Spinal disease
  • Cardiomyopathy