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Mathew Gerard

Teaching Professor, Veterinary Anatomy

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Dr. Mathew Gerard is a Teaching Professor of Veterinary Anatomy at NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a 1992 graduate of the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Australia. Following graduation he completed a large animal internship at Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Canada from 1993-1994. A large animal surgical residency followed at North Carolina State University from 1994-1997, and board certification in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons was achieved in 1999. Following the surgical residency, Dr. Gerard returned to Australia to pursue postgraduate studies, and during that time he was also a large animal emergency surgeon at the University of Sydney, Camden Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He was awarded his PhD degree in equine exercise physiology, from the University of Sydney in 2001. Later in 2001, Dr. Gerard joined the faculty at NCSU as a clinical assistant professor of large animal surgery, and developed a particular interest in head and neck surgery of the horse. In 2012, Dr. Gerard followed his passion for teaching and moved into the role of full time veterinary anatomy instructor. He was awarded membership to the NC State University Academy of Outstanding Teachers and received an NCSU Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award, in 2019.


American College of Veterinary Surgeons
American Veterinary Medical Association
American Association of Veterinary Anatomists


Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Area(s) of Expertise

Dr. Gerard’s research interests have varied over the years from that of equine exercise physiology during his PhD studies, to clinical based research regarding surgical site infections following colic surgery, to a current focus on clinically applied anatomy research. Projects have included anatomical studies on distal limb nerve blocks in cats and blocking the brachial plexus of the eastern box turtle. An ongoing primary interest, which began in 2016, is the mapping and describing of the head and limb anatomy of the white rhinoceros. This research was commenced in response to the need to understand the paranasal sinus and nasal cavity anatomy of the rhinoceros, of which many were and still are, sustaining traumatic wounds to this region when poached for their horns.