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A biobank is defined as a facility for the collection, preservation, storage and supply of biological samples and associated data, which follows standardized operating procedures and provides material for scientific and clinical use. The field of biobanking has changed tremendously over the past thirty years; now there are thousands of biobanks in the United States and around the world that provide biospecimen resources to researchers in academic and private sectors.

Veterinary Biobanks

Cornell Veterinary Biobanks

The first accredited biobank that serves the research community by accelerating biomedical research to improve animal and human health.

Visit the Cornell Website

Contact: Dr. Marta Castelhano;

Flint Animal Cancer Center Tumor Biorepository at Colorado STate University

The tumor biorepository program at the FACC collects and stores blood and tissue samples (tumor and normal) from canine and feline patients with spontaneously arising cancer.

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Contact: Dr. Susan Lana;

Texas A&M University Veterinary Small Animal CLinical Sciences Biobank

Education, patient care, and scholarship. Each of these activities is intended to improve the quality of life for companion animals and their owners.

Contact: Dr. Jonathan Levine;

Canine Genetics Biorepository at University of California - Davis

The Canine Genetics Biorepository (Bannasch Laboratory) studies inherited diseases in dogs.

Visit the Canine Genetics Biorepository Website

Contact: Dr. Danika Bannasch;

University of Missouri Canine Degenerative Myelopathy Biorepository

The goal of this biorepository is to share information with ALS and DM researchers to aid in the study of pathogenesis and finding effective treatments for these diseases. Biosamples collected include: plasma, serum, tissues (frozen and formalin-fixed), and cerebrospinal fluid.

Contact: Dr. Joan R. Coates;

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Biobanks Resources

The Ohio State University Veterinary Biospecimen Repository

The OSUVBR collects samples of tumors and normal tissue from dogs and cats, and stores these tissues under controlled conditions for future use by multiple investigators. Over 225 sample distributions have been made to over over 45 investigators at 20 institutions.

Veterinary Biobank Facility: Development and Management for Diagnostic and Research Purposes

Lombardo T., Dotti S., Villa R., Cinotti S., Ferrari M. (2015) Veterinary Biobank Facility: Development and Management for Diagnostic and Research Purposes. In: Cunha M., Inácio J. (eds) Veterinary Infection Biology: Molecular Diagnostics and High-Throughput Strategies. Methods in Molecular Biology (Methods and Protocols), vol 1247. Humana Press, New York, NY

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COHA Serious Adverse Event (SAE) Reporting Template

This template for serious adverse event reporting in veterinary clinical trials was developed by the COHA Clinical Studies Subcommittee

One Health Advocacy

The COHA Advocacy Committee has developed resources to help members and organizations advocate for One Health.  This information will be kept updated to provide current information and recommendations to use in support of One Health legislation.

Readability of consent forms in veterinary clinical research

This article investigates the readability of consent forms currently used for clinical trial enrollment in a wide variety of studies across several institutions.  The fundamental conclusions are the following: Veterinary clinical study consent forms evaluated in the present study were not optimized for client comprehension based on readability scores assigned via 3 common methods.


The SMART IACUC Network is under development through an award from the e National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (“NCATS”) of the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) to support IACUC and/or Hospital Board reliance in facilitation of multisite veterinary clinical studies. It allows participating institutions to cede study review and approval (“Relying Institution”) to another Participating Institution (“Reviewing Institution”).

SNOMED CT Starter Guide

A concise starter guide from  If you are a beginner to SNOMED and standardized terminologies, this is an excellent guide.