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Amanda Sherman, a fourth-year veterinary student, was the lead author of an article published online and scheduled for later print publication in the journal Veterinary Ophthalmology. The article was written in collaboration with several researchers from the College of Veterinary Medicine.
The case report, entitled Actinomyces bowdenii ulcerative keratitis in a dog, outlined the care of a five-year-old diabetic dog who developed several complications following cataract surgery. The bacterium Actinomyces bowdenii , which has never before been cited as a cause of ocular infection, was isolated in culture and identified through rDNA sequencing. Its presence was attributed to an immunosuppressed corneal environment. While the bacterium was resistant to three fluoroquinolone drugs, a resistance not previously reported for this species of infection, the infection was managed with a superficial keratectomy with conjunctival graft.
Co-authors of the article included Joshua Daniels, assistant professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences; David Wilkie, professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Ophthalmology; and Elizabeth Lutz, a resident in Veterinary Clinical Sciences.