Own pets or animals? The CoVERS study is screening pets and farm animals for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 to learn 1) what animal species can get infected, 2) if infection causes disease or symptoms in these species, 3) how human-animal interactions may influence transmission and 4) if there are patterns in the viral genome of SARS-CoV-2 that are connected to spillover between species.

Eligibility: We are seeking adults who live in the New England region of the US, including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, and Vermont. 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. Chickens will be considered if they share space with other mammals.

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

My pet is currently on-site at Tufts Cummings Veterinary Medical Center

Who can join the study?

We are performing same-day enrollment to collect swabs from animals being seen for emergency care at the Henry & Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals, the Hospital for Large Animals, Tufts at Tech community veterinary clinic, and the Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic.

What happens if I join the study?

  1. If you opt into the study, you will be asked for written or verbal consent for your pet to participate.
  2. Animals will be swabbed by Cummings Veterinary Medical Center 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.
  3. Participating owners will be emailed a brief online survey to evaluate a ‘closeness index’ with their animal. The survey can be completed during or after the veterinary visit.
  4. Samples will be tested in real-time in our lab to screen for two viruses: SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza A Virus.

How do I join?

If your pet is on-site at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center in North Grafton, Massachusetts, right now, please call or text 508-263-0074.


My pet receives care at Tufts and I want to join the home study

Who can join the study?

We are performing online enrollment of animal owners that are clients at the Henry & Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals, the Hospital for Large Animals, Tufts at Tech community veterinary clinic, the Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic, or Tufts Veterinary Field Service who want to join the home study.

What happens if I join the study?

  1. You will receive emails to i) read and sign our consent form and ii) complete a survey to evaluate a ‘closeness index’ between you and your animal/s.
  2. If you are eligible for the study, we will send you a “swab and send” kit. Participants will be asked to swab their animal every second day for 14 days. Two swabs will be collected each time: a nasal and oral swab that are placed into the same vial. Swabbing is a quick and harmless process that poses low risk of harm to your animal. Each time swabbing is performed, we ask that any sign or symptoms of illness in the animal are recorded on a data sheet provided by our study.
  3. At the end of the study, you can return the sampling kit by either i) scheduling a drop-off to our lab in North Grafton, MA or ii) following our safe shipping instructions and sending to the lab using a prepaid FedEx mailer.
  4. Samples will be tested in our lab to screen for two viruses: SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and Influenza A Virus.

How do I join?

Please fill out this form and we will contact you if you qualify. If you have any questions, call 508-263-0074 or email: coversstudy@tufts.edu to discuss your eligibility with a member of the research team.

Please note: due to high interest we have a daily cap on the number of home “swab and send” kits we can issue. All participants that complete the survey will be added to a waitlist and we hope to include as many volunteers as possible!


My pet does not receive care at Tufts and I want to join the home study

Who can join the study?

We are performing online enrollment of animal owners who are members of the general public (ie. not clients at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University) who want to join the home study.

What happens if I join the study?

  1. You will receive emails to i) read and sign our consent form and ii) complete a survey to evaluate a ‘closeness index’ between you and your animal/s.
  2. If you are eligible for the study, we will send you a “swab and send” kit. Participants will be asked to swab their animal every second day for 14 days. Two swabs will be collected each time: a nasal and oral swab that are placed into the same vial. Swabbing is a quick and harmless process that poses low risk of harm to your animal. Each time swabbing is performed, we ask that any sign or symptoms of illness in the animal are recorded on a data sheet provided by our study.
  3. At the end of the study, you can return the sampling kit by either i) scheduling a drop-off to our lab in North Grafton, MA or ii) following our safe shipping instructions and sending to the lab using a prepaid FedEx mailer.
  4. Samples will be tested in our lab to screen for two viruses: SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and Influenza A Virus.

How do I join?

Please fill out this form and we will contact you if you qualify. If you have any questions, call: 508-263-0074 or email: coversstudy@tufts.edu to discuss your eligibility with a member of the research team.

Please note: due to high interest we have a daily cap on the number of home “swab and send” kits we can issue. All participants that complete the survey will be added to a waitlist and we hope to include as many volunteers as possible!