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Cummings School Support of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cummings School faculty are working to better understand the novel coronavirus and its effect on animals and humans. Visit the CoVERS study and see the news center’s latest COVID-19 stories to learn about Cummings School’s COVID-19 work.

For the latest information about COVID-19 visit the CDCAmerican Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 online resource centers.

STOP Spillover

Monday, August 16th, 2021

Professor Deborah Kochevar, lead on the STOP Spillover project, spoke with BYU Radio’s Top of Mind with Julie Rose about working to prevent the next pandemic

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Racing to save humans through animal research

Monday, March 15th, 2021

Professor Jonathan Runstadler comments on his lab’s work studying SARS-CoV-2 and the potential for transmission between humans and animals in a @avmajournals story about the contributions from veterinary researchers around the virus.

Dog Swab testing on black Labrador retriever for COVID-19 in Dr. Jonathan Runstadler's Laboratory

Keeping an Eye on the Human-Animal Interface

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

Infectious disease researchers Kaitlin Sawatzki, Nichola Hill, and Wendy Puryear spoke with Nature’s LabAnimal on viral surveillance at the human-animal interface.

clinical veterinarian staff performing a mouth swab on a ferret

Coronavirus FAQs

Friday, February 12th, 2021

Professor Jonathan Runstadler contributed his expertise to NPR’s Goats and Soda for a coronavirus FAQ on a range of topics.

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Pets are helping us cope during the pandemic—but that may be stressing them out

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

National Geographic National Geographic quotes clinical associate professor Emily McCobb and assistant professor Megan Mueller on the relationship between people and pets during the pandemic. Read full story here: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2021/02/pets-are-helping-us-cope-during-the-pandemic/

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