COHA is comprised of veterinary schools partnered with medical and other colleagues through a National Institutes of Health-sponsored Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Our mission is to advance understanding of diseases shared by humans and animals. We leverage expertise of physicians, research scientists, veterinarians, and other professionals to solve medical problems and address the well-being of humans, animals and the environment.


COHA member institutions are expected to:

  • Participate fully in Alliance activities including nominating participants for subcommittee membership and leadership roles. Subcommittees and their purpose are:
    • Clinical studies – facilitate translational medicine by establishing procedures for multi-institutional veterinary clinical studies
    • Clinician-scientist education – expand transdisciplinary opportunities for clinical and translational research training for health professionals
    • Biorepository – create resources that provide archival access to characterized and phenotyped samples from veterinary patients
    • Communication/collaboration – foster research collaborations and encourage trans-disciplinary, translational grant seeking, publication and communication
  • Communicate COHA activities, accomplishments and opportunities for collaboration to your CTSA partners.
  • Contribute (CURRENT $X AMOUNT) annually to a COHA pilot grant research fund administered on COHA’s behalf by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Schools (AAVMC).

Current Members

Auburn University

Colorado State University

Cornell University

Kansas State University

North Carolina State University

Purdue University

Texas A&M

The Ohio State University

Tufts University

University of California Davis

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Minnesota

University of Missouri

University of Pennsylvania

University of Wisconsin Madison

Virginia Tech

How to Apply

Please collate the following materials into a single PDF file and send to Ms. Lori Muhr, [email protected].

Institutional partners

  • Name and location of each institution (city, state)
  • Website URL for each partner institution program
  • Contact information (name, title, mailing address, email, phone) for:
    • Primary veterinary contact
    • CTSA principal investigator
    • Partnership description


Please answer the following questions in your application.

  • What is the relationship between your veterinary school and your medical CTSA partner?
  • Include structure of CTSA-sponsored network, the role played by the veterinary school and scope of work (e. g., do veterinary school personnel direct a core or program, teach CTSA courses, participate on CTSA funded projects, serve administrative roles, hold leadership responsibilities, other)?
  • Are you explicitly included in the CTSA budget? If so, in what way (e. g., support for personnel, projects, service core)?
  • Indicate if participation with CTSA partners is in the context of a One Health signature program or area of emphasis.
  • Describe approximately how often key veterinary personnel communicate with the CTSA PI or leadership team at your institution and in what mode.
  • List and briefly describe 2–3 specific examples of the veterinary school’s partnership with the CTSA in each of the following areas:
    • teaching and pedagogy
    • translational One Health research.

Letters of support 

Please provide letters of support from:

  • veterinary school dean
  • CTSA PI.

Questions about Membership?

Please direct any questions about COHA membership to Ms. Lori Muhr, [email protected].