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Center for Food Animal Health

CFAES Wooster



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. Dr. Scott Kenney elected Secretary of the NC1202 Enteric Diseases of Food Animals multistate project group

    Feb 7, 2024

    Congratulations to Dr. Scott Kenney, PhD for being elected to serve as Secretary of the NC1202 Enteric Diseases of Food Animals multistate project group during CRWAD 2024.

  2. Four CFAH graduate students awarded for their abstracts at CRWAD 2024

    Feb 7, 2024

     Congratulations to our four CFAH graduate students on receiving Student Awards of the NC1202 Enteric Diseases of Food Animals at CRWAD 2024:


    Kush Kumar Yadav (Kenney lab)

    Name of Award: Lynn Joens Memorial Award (1st Place)

    Title of Abstract:  Rat hepatitis E virus (HEV) cross-species infection and transmission in pigs

    Amount of Award: $250


    Yu Li (Wang lab)

    Name of Award:  Lynn Joens Memorial Award (3rd Place)

  3. Dr. Linda Saif awarded CRWAD 2024 Distinguished Career Award

    Feb 7, 2024

    Congratulations to Dr. Linda Saif, MS, PhD, DACVM on being awarded the Distinguished Career Award - ACVM Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist - at CRWAD 2024.