Research in canines has shaped our understanding of the development and function of the human body and continues to provide valuable information in the development of novel treatments and therapies for the disease. Today, their use is limited to just a few disease models such as atrial fibrillation and spinal cord injury. Frequently, scientists are asked why the dog remains the leading model for these areas of research. Scientific progress is critically dependent on the public understanding of the work scientists' conduct and the public trust that scientists are doing their best to do the right thing. In this webinar, two officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will explain why canine research models are critical in these areas of biomedical research, and more importantly, clarify what and why specific federal hoops exist for scientists to address before initiating research.