School of Veterinary Medicine

Navigating cytokine storms

Pairing their expertise, Nilam Mangalmurti of the Perelman School of Medicine and Christopher Hunter of the School of Veterinary Medicine have been working to understand the protective and harmful aspects of the immune response, including in COVID-19.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Bats and COVID

A new study from Penn Vet's New Bolton Center tests the guano of North American bats currently in Pennsylvania wildlife rehabilitation centers for the presence of COVID-19.

Kristina García



In the News


USA Today

USDA confirms that Winston the pug, believed to be first dog with coronavirus, was never infected

Shelley Rankin of the School of Veterinary Medicine said there may have been discrepancies in how labs have tested pets for COVID-19. “Samples can be positive initially but can be degraded with specimen handling,” she said, and false positives “can also occur if the original specimen had a very low number of organisms.”

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Voice of America

Can dogs sniff out COVID-19

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine spoke about efforts to train dogs to sniff out COVID-19. “We need to first confirm that there is an odor associated with the virus and that we can detect it in the samples,” she said.

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KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

Penn is training dogs to sniff out COVID-19 in humans

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine spoke about the Working Dog Center’s efforts to train dogs to detect COVID-19 in humans. “Basically, we are looking at urine samples. We are hoping to look at saliva and breath samples as well,” she said. “We are going to tell basically if there is an odor excreted in these samples.”

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KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

Telehealth for dog behavior problems during COVID-19

Carlo Siracusa of the School of Veterinary Medicine spoke about the School’s new telehealth program for dog behavioral issues and offered advice for pet owners.

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Morning Edition (NPR)

Researchers experiment to see if dogs can detect COVID-19

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine spoke about the potential use of scent-detecting dogs to identify COVID-19 in humans.

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