About Us

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The Center for Food Animal Health (CFAH) within the CFAES is housed in the Department of Animal Sciences and located on the CFAES Wooster campus. CFAH faculty are recognized as global leaders in using One Health approaches to solve critical and emerging problems associated with production limiting diseases of food animals, pathogens transmissible between animals and people (zoonoses), and food safety.


Our Mission

To protect and enhance animal and public health through research, education and outreach; and to support the animal industries in economically producing safe, wholesome food in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

Our Focus

Emerging pathogens, zoonoses, and microbial contamination of food and the environment threaten agricultural productivity, sustainability, and public health worldwide. CFAH’s research focus is on pathogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and control of animal disease. Our emphasis is on basic and translational studies on enteric, respiratory and immunosuppressive diseases and the zoonotic potential of these diseases as well as food and environmental safety.

Respiratory and enteric diseases are the most economically significant diseases affecting food producing animals. Our interest and experience with enteric diseases led us to the areas of food and environmental safety since most of the pathogens involved in these areas reside naturally in the gastrointestinal tracts of food producing animals. Food and environmental safety and zoonoses are of significant public health concern.

We maintain a strong research portfolio that is relevant, focused, productive, and sustainable. It is nationally and internationally recognized for excellence and cutting edge research. Our work has resulted in a knowledge base to combat infectious diseases, development of vaccines, diagnostic reagents and tests.

Fundamental science discoveries and applied research is used to respond to the economical, social, and environmental challenges facing agriculture and public health today and prepare responses for the unexpected of tomorrow. Through effective outreach activities, these scientific contributions will positively impact the lives of people of Ohio, the nation, and the global community.