COVID-19 & Pets Project
We have reached our sample size and are no longer enrolling cases.
A project team at the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (VMBS) was interested in sampling pets (dogs and cats only) and people that live in homes with confirmed human COVID-19 cases in Brazos County and surrounding areas to learn more about animal exposure and transmission pathways, with the ultimate goal of protecting human and animal health.
Thank you for helping us learn more about the ecology of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Sarah A. Hamer, PhD, DVM, DACVPM (Epi) | Principal Investigator (PI)
Associate Professor of Epidemiology | Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS)
Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (VMBS)
4458 TAMU | College Station, Texas, USA 77843-4458
Email: email@example.com | Tel: 979.847.5693
Check out the results from the initial study!
- SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 variant of concern detected in a pet dog and cat after exposure to a person with COVID-19, USA. 2022. Transbound Emerg Dis, in press.
- SARS-CoV-2 infections and viral isolations among serially tested cats and dogs in households with infected owners in Texas, USA. Viruses 2021. 13(5): 938.
- Roundy CM, Nunez CM, Thomas LF, Auckland LD, Tang W, Richison III JJ, Green BR, Hilton CD, Cherry MJ, Pauvolid-Corrêa A, Hamer GL, Cook WE, Hamer SA. 2022. High seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) at one of three captive cervid facilities in Texas. Microbiol Spectr, in press.