FAHRP in summer.


The mission of the Food Animal Health Research Program is to:

"Protect and enhance animal and public health through research, education and outreach; and to support the animal industries in economically producing safe, wholesome food in an environmentally and socially responsible manner."


Emerging pathogens, zoonoses, and microbial contamination of food and the environment threaten agricultural productivity, sustainability, and public health worldwide.The program's research focus is on:

pathogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and control of animal disease. The emphasis is on basic and translational studies on enteric, respiratory and immunosuppressive diseases, food and environmental safety, and the zoonotic potential of these diseases.

Respiratory and enteric diseases are the most economically significant diseases affecting food producing animals. Our interest and experience with enteric diseases led us to the areas of food and environmental safety since most of the pathogens involved in these areas reside naturally in the gastrointestinal tracts of food producing animals. Food and environmental safety and zoonoses are of significant public health concern.

We maintain a strong research portfolio that is relevant, focused, productive, and sustainable. It is nationally and internationally recognized for excellence and cutting edge research. Our work has resulted in a knowledge base to combat infectious diseases, development of vaccines, diagnostic reagents and tests. 

Fundamental science discoveries and applied research is used to respond to the economical, social, and environmental challenges facing agriculture and public health today and prepare responses for the unexpected of tomorrow. Through effective outreach activities, these scientific contributions will positively impact the lives of people of Ohio, the nation, and the global community.

Facilities & Resources

The FAHRP success has been facilitated by the availability of laboratory and animal holding facilities capable of accommodating the unique research needs of the faculty investigators. The use of our gnotobiotic facility has been instrumental in the discovery of new microbes and their pathogenicity as well as in development of vaccines.

  • The Food Animal Health Research Program has modern laboratories with the latest equipment, including AALAC accredited laboratory animal and germ-free facilities
  • This is the only facility in the world for procurement and maintenance of germfree food producing animals
  • The only specific pathogen free flock of turkeys in the world is maintained by the Food Animal Health Research Program
  • These resources are invaluable for the study of infectious diseases of food producing animals

Disciplines & technologies

  • A variety of disciplines are utilized including microbiology, immunology, pathology, epidemiology, and environmental sciences. Studies are conducted at the animal, organ, cellular and molecular levels
  • Technologies used include: tissue culture, embryo inoculation, serological techniques, monoclonal antibodies, nucleic acid probes, PCR, sequencing, immunocytochemistry, electron microscopy, and flow cytometryetry


We are a very proud of the diversity of our team and we believe that the strength of our science comes from the input of talented people from all over the world.  We welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds and we promise you a highly supportive environment.

Maps & Directions

The Food Animal Health Research Program is located on the campus or the Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, OH. Wooster is located in NE Ohio approximately halfway between Cleveland and Columbus. Travel to either of these two larger metropolitan cities takes only about one hour. Wooster, with a population of about 25,000, has a diversified economy based on both industry and agriculture. The city is located in a beautiful rural setting surrounded by rolling hills. Lake Erie, one of the US Great Lakes, is about an hour's drive north and is popular for recreational water sports. We are an hour from Cleveland and Akron with all those cities have to offer. Affordable housing, shopping, recreational facilities, entertainment and employment opportunities for spouses are readily available.