Research Study - COVID-19 Screening in Pets


Should you be worried about your pet becoming infected with COVID-19?

We know that pets can become infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, but pet testing is still extremely limited. Our team is conducting a study to determine how common this virus is in pets in urban environments.

To answer this important question, we need your help!

We are currently offering free testing for pets as part of our research study. You can get your pet tested today by collecting saliva and fecal samples from the comfort of your home. Simply fill out our questionnaire to get started, and you will receive instructions for home sample collection. You will be notified if your pet tests positive.

You may pick up a kit from the front of the Ryan Veterinary Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, 3900 Spruce St, Philadelphia PA 19104. For further information, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

  • More Information About This Study

    This test is part of a research study to determine if pets have active infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The level of presence of this pathogen in community pets in urban environments is currently unknown.

    The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, has dramatically affected human health worldwide, and it is thought to have originated in animals. This virus is also important in animal health: many other species, including dogs, cats, mink, and hamsters can be infected by the virus. Learn more by visiting the USDA website detailing animal cases. Our goal is to determine how SARS-CoV-2 is affecting pets.


COVID-19 and Pets in an Urban Environment

Should you be worried about your pet becoming infected with COVID-19? Our team is conducting a study to determine how common this virus is in pets in urban environments. To answer this important question, we need your help!

When you submit your pet’s samples, they will be tested for COVID-19 at no cost to you, and you will be helping us learn about this virus in pets.

If you are interested in enrolling your pet, please fill out this form and we'll get back to you with instructions for home sample collection. 

Sample Collection Packet

You may pick up the sample collection packet between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), from the Ryan Veterinary Hospital entrance. Collection instructions will be provided to you in the packet. Following collection, you may drop off your samples at the same place, during the same time frames. If you have questions, you may contact Alicia Carroll at acarro@vet.upenn.edu.

Samples must be dropped off within 12 hours of collection.

Thank you!

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