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. 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

  2. Congratulations to Robin Weimer!

    Jan 27, 2021

    CFAH's Robin Weimer is the recipient of the 2020 Staff Advisory Council Shirley Brooks-Jones Citizenship Award. 

    This award recognizes a CFAES staff member who

  3. Dr. Linda Saif weighs in on safety of Covid vaccines

    Jan 20, 2021

    A member of Ohio State’s Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), CFAH's Dr. Linda Saif recently discussed COVID-19 vaccine development during an IDI Symposium in early December. Following the discussion, Saif provided more answers to questions for Ohio State Insights.

    Are these coronavirus vaccines safe? An expert weighs in