Do you have pets?

Help us learn if and how animals can get COVID-19. We are looking for volunteers to perform simple swabs on their pets in their own home. Eligible volunteers can also take their own saliva samples to help us learn if an animal was exposed to COVID-19.

Eligibility: We are currently enrolling adults who live in the New England region of the US (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, and Vermont). Other states will be considered on a case by case basis. You must own at least one mammalian pet or farm animal. Accepted animals include dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, horses, cows, pigs, mice, hamsters, and more.

For research purposes, we are prioritizing applicants who have ever had a positive COVID-19 test or were an essential worker during a regional COVID-19 outbreak. We still encourage all those interested to apply as we widen our criteria.

If you are interested in joining, please click one of the links below:

I want to enroll my animal(s) and myself

How do I join the study?

  1. Fill out an application for our human + animal home study.
  2. If you are eligible, you select a convenient time for a team member to call and complete your enrollment.
  3. You can take a survey to help us understand possible risk factors for infection. The survey usually takes 10-15 minutes and is optional.
  4. We’ll send you a “swab and send” kit. You collect samples from yourself and your animal every other day for 2 weeks. Nasal and oral swabbing and saliva collection are quick and harmless and pose low risk of harm.
  5. Each time you collect samples at home, fill out a quick form to track any signs of illness. Sampling (and filling out the form) usually takes 10-15 minutes each time you collect samples.
  6. At the end of the study, send back the kit by either:
    i) following our shipping instructions using a prepaid FedEx mailer, or
    ii) scheduling a drop-off at our lab in North Grafton, MA
  7. Samples will be tested in our lab to screen for two viruses: SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and Influenza A Virus. We will return animal swab results (tests for current infection) if you opt-in during the survey. We cannot return any human or antibody results.

I want to enroll my animal(s) only

How do I join the study?

  1. Read and e-sign our consent form
  2. You can take a survey to help us understand possible risk factors for infection. The survey usually takes 10-15 minutes and is optional.
  3. If you are eligible, we’ll send you a “swab and send” kit. You collect samples from your animal(s) every other day for 2 weeks. Nasal and oral swabbing and saliva collection are quick and harmless and pose low risk of harm.
  4. Each time you collect samples at home, fill out a quick form to track any signs of illness in your pets. Sampling (and filling out the form) usually takes 5-10 minutes each time your animal is sampled.
  5. At the end of the study, send back the kit by either:
    i) following our shipping instructions using a prepaid FedEx mailer, or
    ii) scheduling a drop-off at our lab in North Grafton, MA
  6. Samples will be tested in our lab to screen for two viruses: SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and Influenza A Virus. We will return animal swab results (tests for current infection) if you opt-in during the survey.

My animal has an upcoming appointment or is currently at a Tufts vet facility

Who can join the study?

We are performing pre-visit and same-day enrollment to collect swabs from animals when their pet is being seen for a healthcare visit at any Tufts-run veterinary facility (Foster Hospital for Small Animals, Hospital for Large Animals, Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic, Tufts VETS, Tufts at Tech, Tufts Field Service, Tufts Wildlife Clinic).

How do I join the study?

  1. Read and e-sign our consent form
  2. Your animal(s) will be swabbed by Tufts veterinary staff during the visit. Two swabs will be collected: a nasal and oral swab. This is a quick and harmless process that poses low risk of harm to your animal and takes less than 5 minutes.
  3. You can take a survey to help us understand possible risk factors for infection. This optional survey usually takes 10-15 minutes and can be completed during or after the vet visit.
  4. Samples will be tested in our lab to screen for two viruses: SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and Influenza A Virus. We will return animal swab results (tests for current infection) if you opt-in during the survey.

Care for pets or animals for work?

The CoVERS study is including a wide array of facilities and individuals that provide care for animals. If you are a wildlife rehabilitator, veterinarian, zoo staff, facility director or are otherwise involved in animal care, please send us an email and we’d be happy to get you involved in the study.