We are looking to recruit Canadian veterinary clinic staff who have had COVID-19 themselves for a study to learn more about the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from people to their own pets (dogs, cats, ferrets). This study is being performed by Drs. Scott Weese and Dorothee Bienzle from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph.

Who can be included?

We are looking to obtain serum samples from:

  • Dogs, cats and ferrets that have had one or more human household contacts who were diagnosed with COVID-19 (or told by a healthcare provider that they probably had COVID-19) and were in the household during the time of the person’s infection.

What is involved?

This is a serological study. Serum samples can be collected at your clinic and submitted to the research laboratory for testing for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.  You will also be asked to complete a short (~5 minute) questionnaire about how many people in the household were infected, when they were infected and how they interact with the pets.

Is there a cost?

No. The study will cover the costs of shipping and testing. Unfortunately we cannot provide payment for sample collection.

This project has been reviewed by the University of Guelph Research Ethics Board for compliance with federal guidelines for research involving human participants (REB#2020-04-02). To participate or obtain more information, please contact Dr. Weese at jsweese@uoguelph.ca to coordinate sample submission.