ACVP COVID 19 Resources

Select Resources on SARS-CoV-2 Pertaining to Animal and Human Health for Veterinary Pathologists – Updated June 1, 2020


The global pandemic has permeated and changed our lives. Information regarding the biology of the virus, the epidemiology of infection, and efforts toward development of therapies and vaccines, is abundant in the scientific and popular press. Aside from humans, evidence is strong to indicate that domestic and non-domestic cats, ferrets and mink can be infected by SARS-CoV-2 and become ill. Infection of dogs has been documented in less detail but likely also occurs. Most infections in animals appear to originate from humans, though there has been suggestion that SARS-CoV-2 may also be transmitted between animals, and from animals to humans.


Members of ACVP are engaged in the laboratory diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection in animals and humans, in research concerning pathogenesis, therapy and vaccines, and in assuring appropriate development and use of animal models.


Below are a few resources selected for their regularly updated information or relevance:


Summary of animal models - May 29, 2020, Science

AAVLD Information - Guidelines for COVID-19 testing in animals

Worms and Germs Blog – scientifically sound, up-to-date and practical information from Dr. Scott Weese, veterinary infectious disease expert and internist

AVMA Resources for Veterinarians – Information on the virus, prevention of infection and legislation for veterinary practices

NIH Resources – Funding opportunities, vaccine efforts, viral biology

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