Welcome to the Center for Food Animal Health. Our center focuses on enhancing food safety, protecting the environment, and making animals and people healthier. Our areas of expertise are highlighted below

Animal Disease

CFAH research is helping veterinarians and health officials to get the information they need to protect and improve animal and therefore, human health.

Zoonoses and Food Safety

Pathogenic micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites are contracted by consuming contaminated food or drinking water. The risks are present from farm to fork and require prevention and control throughout the food chain.

Animal Models

Animal models of human disease have been used to find pathways of normal function, identify abnormalities leading to disease, and develop diagnostics and therapy. Better models of human disease result in more efficient drug discovery.

SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

The faculty in CFAH includes coronavirus experts who are working to develop vaccines and diagnostics for SARS-CoV-2.



  1. Congratulations to Gary Closs Jr!

    Apr 14, 2021

    Congratulations to Gary Closs Jr. (back row, center in picture) for receiving 2nd place in the MANRRS graduate students oral presentation in research division 1: Biological, physical, and chemical sciences. The title of his presentation: Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) and secreted peptides reduce Salmonella colonization in chickens. Gary's advisor is Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara.

  2. Congratulations to Dr. Gourapura!

    Apr 9, 2021

    Dr. Renukaradhya Gourapura has received the CFAES 2021 Innovator of the Year Award. This award recognizes scientists who have created innovations that have or will have a major impact on agricultural production, business, rural communities, technology, or the health and well-being of animals and human beings. Congratulations Dr. Gourapura!

    To learn more about Dr. Gourapura's research that led to this award, see video below 

  3. COVID-19 and pets

    Jan 28, 2021

    CFAH's Dr. Linda Saif featured in this article on COVID-19 and your pets.

    COVID-19 vaccine for Fido and Fluffy? Some researchers say yes