Dr. Beverly Morrison is currently completing a Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research (SCPOR) funded Post Doctoral Fellowship with Dr. Colleen Dell of the Department of Sociology and Dr. Joe Rubin of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology, University of Saskatchewan. This Fellowship is also partnered with Prairie Diagnostic Services, a veterinary diagnostic laboratory, where she is gaining technical experience in bacteriology and molecular microbiology to further enhance her knowledge in veterinary diagnostic microbiology.
Her research focuses on potential bacterial zoonoses (the transfer of disease between animals and people) of therapy dogs visiting health care facilities. This involves collecting a series of swabs from therapy dogs and identifying potentially pathogenic bacteria (those capable of causing disease in people with decreased immune systems), tracking the frequency of colonization and performing antimicrobial susceptibility testing to detect antibiotic resistance.
Beverly grew up by the ocean on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. She always had a passion for animals and wanted to be a Veterinarian ever since she could remember. During her undergraduate program she also developed a keen interest in microbiology. She now lives in Saskatoon with her husband, two cats and one very social dog, and enjoys reading, running, and camping.
MSc in Veterinary Microbiology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
DVM, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
BSc in Biology, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
Morrison BJ, Rubin JE. (2020). Detection of Multidrug Resistant Gram Negative Bacteria from Imported Reptile and Amphibian Meats. Journal of Applied Microbiology. DOI:10.1111/jam.14658
Blondeau LD, Rubin JE, Deneer H, Kanthan R, Morrison B, Sanche S, Rypien C, Dueck D, Beck G & Blondeau JM. (2020). Persistent infection with Staphylococcus pseudintermedius in an adult oncology patient with transmission from a family dog. Journal of Chemotherapy. DOI: 10.1080/1120009X.2020.1735142.
Morrison BJ, Rubin JE. (2015). Carbapenemase producing bacteria in the food supply escaping detection. PLoS ONE. 10(5): e0126717. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0126717
Frequency of colonization of therapy dogs with Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli.
Date: April 2019
Conference: Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CACMID)
Co-authors: Dell, C.A., and Rubin, J.E.
Detection and characterization of antimicrobial resistant Gram-negative bacteria from imported reptile and amphibian meat products.
Date: April 2018
Conference: Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM)
Co-author: Rubin, J.E.
Carbapenem-resistant bacteria from imported seafood
Date: November 2014
Conference: Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) International School of One Health
Co-author: Rubin, J.E.