Sherding, Robert G.

Robert G. Sherding, DVM

Emeritus Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

After receiving his DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1973, Dr. Bob Sherding completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. He returned to Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine as an internal medicine resident in 1974, and received his specialty board certification from the American College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. Dr. Sherding has served on the faculty of the college since 1979 when he was appointed Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1983 and Professor in 1989. He has been an Emeritus Professor since his retirement in 2011.

Bob has contributed to the professional education of thousands of OSU veterinary students. His didactic responsibilities covered gastrointestinal, respiratory, and infectious diseases and he established himself as an international expert on feline medicine. He is author of the authoritative textbook, "The Cat: Diseases and Management," currently in its third edition. He is co-author with Dr. Steve Birchard of the highly successful "Manual of Small Animal Practice," also in its third edition. Dr. Sherding has mentored 46 residents in small animal internal medicine, and many have gone on to distinguish themselves in both academic veterinary medicine and internal medicine specialty practice. Dr. Sherding is an author of 53 scientific publications, 86 book chapters, and 41 symposium proceedings or abstracts. Bob has served an invited speaker at more than 200 local, national, and international continuing education meetings.

Dr. Sherding was section head of small animal medicine for 10 years (1983-1993) and Chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences for 13 years (1993-2006). He was respected for his openness and fairness as well as for valuing both clinicial educators and those with a strong interest in research. He oversaw the recruitment, hiring, mentoring and promotion of many faculty members during this time, and forged a department of strong clinicial educators that became the envy of the nation’s academic veterinary community. Under Bob's leadership, the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences was the first recipient of the University's Department Teaching Excellence Award in 1996.

Dr. Sherding has received numerous local, national and international awards over the years including the Friskies Pet Care Award "for outstanding achievement in feline medicine," the Bourgelat Award of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association "for outstanding international contributions to the field of small animal practice," and the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians Faculty Achievement Award "in recognition of contributions to the advancement of the veterinary medical profession."

Bob is known for his organizational skills, writing and editing ability, logical approach to clinical cases, strategic thinking, and ability to break complex issues down into manageable components. These skills have contributed to his effectiveness teaching veterinary students and medicine residents in small group settings. Bob's remarkable career as a clinician, educator, and administrator helped move our college to the forefront of academic veterinary medicine, and for these efforts he is truly deserving of our recognition as a distinguished alumnus.