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Doctor of Philosophy
Study Completed: 2017
College of Sciences
Campylobacter species in dogs and cats and significance to public health in New Zealand
Campylobacter species are common causes of gastroenteritis in humans. Mr Bojanic investigated the presence of Campylobacter species in working farm dogs, pet dogs and cats, and their raw meat diets in the Manawatu. He discovered a frequent presence in animals and food which is both of public health concern and his research provided epidemiological data. Multiple diagnostic culture methods enabled several new species to be isolated for the first time from dogs and raw meat pet food. Another study showed a common test employed in the regional human laboratory as unable to detect C. upsaliensis and C. helveticus, the most common Campylobacter associated with dogs and cats. Mr Bojanic also conducted experiments using caterpillars as a model of virulence and whole-genome analyses and showed C. upsaliensis and C. helveticus to have a pathogenic potential but less than that of C. jejuni, the most common species identified in human disease.
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