Texas A&M, Austin’s Community Cats Program Study Feline Coronaviruses

Dr. Sarah Hamer, an associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS), has teamed up with the Austin Humane Society (AHS), Austin Animal Center (AAC), and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to conduct a study on coronaviruses in cats. The study aims to determine if coronaviruses are […]

New Study Indicates Captive Texas Deer Can Contract, Likely Transmit SARS-CoV-2 Virus To Each Other

A new study by Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) has revealed that captive white-tailed deer in Texas are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. With over 90% of the captive deer at one facility testing positive for the virus, the authors indicate their findings likely reflect deer-to-deer transmission. […]

Does The COVID-19 Omicron Variant Spread Affect Pets?

With the holiday season winding to a close, COVID-19 cases are spiking across the country. As pet owners quarantine, questions of pet safety against this disease and the quickly spreading omicron variant continue to arise as well. Drs. Sarah Hamer and Lori Teller, both associate professors at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & […]

West Nile Virus Doesn’t Pose A Huge Threat, But Animal Owners Should Remain Cautious

This summer, mosquitos sampled as part of routine surveillance in Texas have tested positive for West Nile Virus, a disease commonly associated with humans but that can also affect birds, bats, horses, cats, dogs, and rabbits.  Although the summer months are waning, because mosquitos remain active during warm months, people and pets are not out […]

Texas A&M Research Uncovers First Known COVID-19 UK Variant In Animals

The United Kingdom variant (B.1.1.7) of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been detected for the first time in a dog and a cat from the same household in Brazos County, Texas, as part of a study led by researchers at Texas A&M University. The first reported finding of the B.1.1.7 human variant virus […]

Texas A&M Research Project Identifies First COVID-19 Positive Cats In Texas

By sampling dogs and cats whose owners have tested positive in Brazos County, the team is working to understand how pets living in ‘high-risk’ households may be impacted by SARS-CoV-2. The transmission of COVID-19 to pets has been the source of much discussion within the scientific community. While reports have confirmed a small, but growing, […]

Hamer Lab Researcher Receives Campus-Wide Mentoring Award

Alyssa Meyers, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research associate in the Sarah A. Hamer Laboratory at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), has been awarded the 2019 Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Award for Mentoring by the Texas A&M organization Women in Science and Engineering (WISE). This annual award recognizes women on campus who […]

Hearts and Minds

A team of academic researchers and a Small Animal Hospital clinician have come together for the health and safety of dogs working at the U.S. border. Dogs working at the United States-Mexico border face daily obstacles as they endeavor to keep the country safe from terrorism and criminal trafficking, but a team of researchers at […]

Schubot Center Announces New Name and Logo

The Schubot Center, directed by Dr. Sarah Hamer, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), has officially been renamed as the Schubot Center for Avian Health. “We are excited for the Center name to reflect our broad, inclusive, and expanding work to study birds, ranging from caged birds […]

Texas A&M CVM Team Receives Funding To Continue Project Securing Health Of DHS Working Dogs

Researchers at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), in collaboration with the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) at Texas A&M, have received funding for the third phase of research from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to secure the health of dogs working at the United States and […]


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