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. Ohio State’s Animal Care and Use Program Retains Full Accreditation

    Dec 6, 2022

    Ohio State recently completed the triannual review of the animal care and use program for both our biomedical and agricultural programs and was awarded continued full accreditation by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International.

  2. 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.

  3. 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