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. Congratulations to our CFAH Spring Commencement graduates!

    May 15, 2023

    On May 7th, two of CFAH’s own received their degrees from The Ohio State University along with over 12,200 of their fellow graduates.


  2. Dipak Kathayat et al. receive the 2023 Best Paper Award in Pathogens MDPI

    Apr 20, 2023

    Congratulations to Dipak Kathayat, Dhanashree Lokesh, Sochina Ranjit, and Gireesh Rajashekara on being awarded the 2023 Best Paper Award in Pathogens. Their article entitled Avian Pathogenic Escherichia coli (APEC): An Overview of Virulence and Pathogenesis Factors, Zoonotic Potential, and Control Strategies discusses the virulence and pathogenesis factors of APEC, reviews the zoonotic potential, provides the current status of antibiotic resistance and progress in v

  3. Dr. Scott Kenney represents CFAES at the 2023 North Central United States Animal Health Association meeting

    Apr 14, 2023

    Dr. Scott Kenney, CFAH Assistant Professor and Molecular Virologist, recently represented our college and unit at the 2023 North Central United States Animal Health Association meeting held April 11-13, 2023 in Columbus, OH. At the North Central district annual meeting, Dr. Kenney presented a 20-minute talk highlighting CFAES, CFAH, PAAR, and his laboratory work with African Swine Fever virus.