Ophthalmology Service, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Associate Professor

Research Interests

  • ​Cell culture models of corneal wound healing and the development of stromal haze
  • Alpha smooth muscle actin expression in corneal wound healing
  • Objective assessment of ocular pain and evaluation of differing pain management modalities

Educational Background

​Dr. Kate Myrna has a BA from Vassar College and received her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.  She completed a 1-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, and went on to complete a 1-year specialty internship under the mentorship of Dr. Nancy Cottrill in Small Animal Ophthalmology at Angell Animal Medical Center – Western New England. Dr. Myrna then completed a Residency in Comparative Ophthalmology and obtained a Master of Science in Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Dr. Myrna is interested in comparative ophthalmology, corneal wound healing and ocular analgesia.

Selected Publications

  • Myrna KE; Bentley, E; Smith, LJ. Effectiveness of injection of local anesthetic into the retrobulbar space for postoperative analgesia following eye enucleation in dogs. JAVMA. 2010; 237(2): 174-7. 
  • Myrna, KE; Pot, SA; Murphy, CJ. Meet the corneal myofibroblast: the role of myofibroblast transformation in corneal wound healing and pathology. Veterinary Ophthalmology, 2009; 12(s1): 25.
  • Pot, SA; Liliensiek, SJ; Myrna, KE; Bentley, E; Jester, JV; Nealey, PF; Murphy, CJ. Nanoscale topography modulates fundamental cell behaviors of rabbit corneal keratocytes, fibroblasts and myofibroblasts. IOVS. 2010; 51(3): 1373-81.
  • Myrna KE, Pot S, Bentley E, Adkins E, Miller P, Murphy C. Toxic anterior segment syndrome and are we missing it?. Veterinary Ophthalmology. 2009; 12(2):138.
  • Myrna, K; Herring, I. Constant rate infusion for topical ocular delivery in horses: a pilot study; Veterinary Ophthalmology.2006; 9(1):1-5.

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