If you or someone in your household have RECENTLY tested positive for SARS-CoV2
(the virus that causes the disease COVID-19) and you own a dog, a cat, or another type of pet
we would like to take some samples from your pets!

COVID-19 & Pets Research

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Researchers at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Science (CVM) are interested in sampling pets (dogs and cats only) 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.

Participation will involve our field team visiting you and your pet at your home to collect swabs and a blood sample from your pet(s). Sampling will take less than 15 minutes and will be completed at your residence. You will never be asked to surrender your pet. The supplies used in this research project will not detract from human testing capabilities. Please read our frequently asked questions (FAQs) for more information about the study and our processes.

To opt-in or to ask questions, please complete our contact form, and a member of our research team will contact you.

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 College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM)
4458 TAMU | College Station, Texas, USA 77843-4458
Email: shamer@cvm.tamu.edu | Tel: 979.847.5693


Check out results from the initial study participants, posted as an open-access preprint!

Natural SARS-CoV-2 infections, including virus isolation, among serially tested cats and dogs in households with confirmed human COVID-19 cases in Texas, USA | bioRxiv


Thank you to these groups for their support of our research study.

Texas A&M Global One Health Logo Texas A&M School of Public Health

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