Dr Cheryl Sangster - Veterinary Pathologist

Dr Cheryl Sangster - Veterinary PathologistCheryl’s interest in wildlife is long held, stemming from her childhood growing up in the country and spending many weekends camping on the Canadian prairies. 

Torn between veterinary medicine and marine biology, she first completed a degree in the latter at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, gaining an appreciation for a vast array of species, but cephalopods in particular.  She followed this by studying veterinary medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 

Although finding herself once again on the prairies, she maintained her aquatic interests by attending the AQUAVET program in Woods Hole, MA.  Through this program and related summer research positions at Cornell University and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Cheryl developed her interest in pathology of non-domestic species. 

Subsequent to obtaining her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, Cheryl stayed on at the WCVM as a graduate student in anatomic pathology with a wildlife health option. In 2006 she completed a Master’s degree with research addressing the potential use of coyotes as sentinels for Mycobacterium bovis in populations of elk and deer.  During this time, other aspects of her program took her to the Canadian North to work with wood bison, the Atlantic coast to study aquatic pathology and the Canadian National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease where she assisted in foot and mouth virus infection trials. 

Cheryl’s pathology training culminated in 2007 with sitting the board exam for the American College of Veterinary Pathology.  She was successful and is now a diplomate of the college.  In early 2008 she joined the Taronga Conservation Society Australia as Veterinary Diagnostic Pathologist and as such contributes to the Australian Registry of Wildlife Health.