The Techna Institute formed Companion Healthcare Corporation [“CHC”] in 2013 with the purpose of the for the study of comparative medicine and adoption of leading practices in diagnostics and therapeutics. CHC is currently developing centres in Canada with collaborations with veterinarians, scientists, healthcare professionals, educational institutions and industry partners.
Comparative medicine is described as a discipline in which the similarities and differences in biology among animal species are studied to enhance the understanding of mechanisms of human and animal disease . Comparative medicine facilitates the translation of basic science knowledge into clinical applications.
The canine genome is completely sequenced and comparing genetic changes and similarities in dogs and humans allows further inside into disease mechanism and provides a powerful tool for discoveries .
Animals with naturally occurring disease provide an underutilizes comparative medicine resource. There are many advantages of using animals with spontaneously occurring disease, compared with using animals with experimentally induced disease.
- Disease pathogenesis is often more similar to that in human beings;
- Clinical trials may better predict human response and therapeutic safety;
- Both human beings and animals benefit