Cheryl L. Herman
DVM, University of Saskatchewan, Canada 1987
Phone: (785) 532 -4512
I am an instructor in Gross Anatomy I (small animal veterinary anatomy), Gross Anatomy II (large animal veterinary anatomy), Special Interest Anatomy (various species), Applied Anatomy and Veterinary Neuroanatomy. Anatomy is one of the fundamental building blocks of a veterinary education. A comprehensive knowledge of the normal form and function of the animal body is essential for understanding the abnormal or diseased. It is my goal as a teacher to facilitate the learning of normal anatomy to ensure students have a solid foundation in the subject. My teaching philosophy and approach have been considerably influenced by my clinical background, as I spent several years in both large and small animal private veterinary practice prior to moving into an academic career. While I lecture in the traditional classroom setting, the majority of my student contact hours are in the laboratory. This provides an excellent opportunity for hands on teaching and allows me to integrate clinical applications by drawing on my years of experience as a mixed animal practitioner. I try to relate ‘real life’ clinical scenarios to anatomical structures when emphasizing to the students the importance and relevance of learning and understanding the normal form of the animal body. As students are studying and learning anatomy, I believe that an emphasis on clinical relevance will aid in their assimilation of the subject matter and their retention of the material for use in future years.
I have written a book chapter entitled: The Anatomical Differences Between the Donkey and the Horse for the textbook Veterinary Care of Donkeys for the International Veterinary Information Service. The goal of this book chapter is to cover the clinically relevant anatomical differences between the horse and the donkey, and therefore act as a practical resource for veterinarians across the globe. The chapter has been published online at: