Leslie C. Sherwood , D.V.M.
Director of Veterinary Sciences
Assistant Professor Leslie C. Sherwood, D.V.M., holds a joint appointment with the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute and the University of Louisville Research Resources Facilities (RRF). Dr. Sherwood received her B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky in 1990 and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 1993. She has over 19 years of experience as a clinical veterinarian in practice and research.
Dr. Sherwood takes an active role in collaborative research projects with other CII investigators, with her current focus centering on pain assessment and alleviation in laboratory animals, the development of a chronic ischemic heart failure model in calves and anticoagulation in ruminants with mechanical cardiovascular assist device implants.
This unique relationship between the CII and the U of L RRF provides for an ideal environment for the development of cardiovascular devices and procedures that could transform clinical care for human cardiac patients. This relationship is also important for the coordination of pre-clinical studies conducted in accordance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) which is a critical step to move cardiovascular devices from animal testing to human clinical trials.
As a Research Resources Facilities clinical veterinarian, director of Large Animal Surgical Facilities, and CII chief of veterinary sciences, Dr. Sherwood directs the management and daily operation of the Large Animal Surgical and Support suite, which provides pre-operative, anesthetic, surgical and post-operative care for the animals in the facility. She provides primary clinical veterinary care and regulatory oversight for non-rodent animal species and secondarily for rodent species at the university as well as investigator consultation on animal models of disease and study design. Teaching and training animal care and research staff in the humane care and treatment of animals, regulatory requirements, pain assessment, anesthesia, and analgesia are additional areas of her programmatic responsibilities. Dr. Sherwood is an active member of the University of Louisville’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and the District 5 Branch of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science.