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Current news stories, press releases and publications associated with SARS-CoV-2 in animals are linked on this page, and will remain updated throughout the pandemic.

Veterinary clinical trials are research studies that investigate the safety and effectiveness of new approaches to care for diseases that occur in both human and companion animals.    These studies are prospective in nature with the goal of discovering new and better ways to diagnose, treat, or prevent diseases that affect both pets and their owners.

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

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.

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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.

Third Annual COHA Data Sharing Workshop

The 3rd Annual COHA Data Sharing Workshop, will be held Oct 6-7 2020, hosted online by Colorado State University.  COHA is supporting efforts to enable and improve the controlled sharing of Veterinary Electronic Health Records (EHR) based on the OHDSI OMOP standard developed for human medicine. 

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