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. Linda Saif named 2023 ACVM Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist

    Nov 30, 2022

    Congratulations to Dr. Linda Saif for being selected as the 2023 ACVM Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist Award recipient!

    Dr. Saif is a Distinguished University Professor in the Center for Food Animal Health and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. She has had a long and distinguished career, publishing over 400 peer-review scientific journal articles, exceeding 17 million dollars of funded extramural support, and having mentored many successful graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

  2. Sochina Ranjit successfully completes master's defense

    Nov 23, 2022

    Congratulations to Sochina Ranjit who passed her master’s degree exam on November 14, 2022! Her research thesis was titled “Identifying 

  3. Molly Raque successfully completes master's defense

    Nov 2, 2022

    Congratulations to Molly Raque who passed her master’s degree exam on October 25, 2022! Her research thesis was titled “The Role of Differential Host Glycan Interactions in Rotavirus Cell Entry and Replication”.

    Her advisor is Dr. Anastasia Vlasova.

    Molly's goal is to help close the gaps between animal and human health through research and development, more information about Molly's experience and research interests can be found HERE.