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

Animal Disease

A dedicated and experienced staff performs a full range of diagnostic testing services that arm veterinarians and health officials with 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.


FAHRP offers top-notch graduate programs of study. Our exceptional faculty provide students with excellent classroom instruction and exciting, hands-on opportunities for basic and applied research in the field.



  1. OSU Wooster experts closely monitoring new coronavirus

    Feb 3, 2020

    OSU Wooster experts closely monitoring new coronavirus

    FAHRP professors Dr. Linda Saif and Dr. Qiuhong Wang interviewed for an article in The Daily Record on February 1, 2020.

    For additional information about coronavirus, including symptoms, treatment or a list of university precautions and requirements, please visit the university’s coronavirus webpage.

  2. Study: Pig virus is easily transmitted among chickens and turkeys

    Jan 24, 2020

    By: Emily Caldwell 

    The first animal study of a pig virus’s potential to jump to another species shows that the virus, once introduced to a select group of birds, is easily transmitted to healthy chickens and turkeys.

    The researchers who led this work were part of a team that previously found in a lab setting that the virus could infect cells from multiple species, including chickens and humans.

  3. A transmission electron micrograph of a coronavirus. Courtesy of Linda Saif.

    Ohio State experts available for comment on new coronavirus

    Jan 24, 2020

    By: Tracy Turner

    WOOSTER, Ohio—Scientists with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) can offer insight into the new coronavirus that is being blamed for at least 17 deaths and more than 630 illnesses internationally since December 2019, with at least one case of coronavirus reported this week in the United States, in Washington state.