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Bernard McSherry

About the Interviewee: 
Served in Canadian Artillery in WW2. Faculty, OVC 1946-1986. Formed Clinical Pathology unit. Developed McSherry solution as cure for scours in calves

Dr McSherry was born in Winnipeg in 1918, moving to Toronto about 1934. He entered OVC in 1938. The Second World War led to preliminary army training programs while on campus. Along with many classmates following graduation he enlisted and became an artillery officer participating with the 12th Field Regiment for the D-Day landing near the French village of Courseulles. They travelled north clearing Buzz bomb sites in Belgium and the Netherlands, entered Germany and then returned to assist in freeing the Dutch people in Holland.

He returned to OVC where he was offered a position as one of twelve faculty, initially in the Anatomy Department and then the Department of Pathology where he remained until his retirement. He established a clinical pathology group providing laboratory services to clinicians and for teaching students. His primary initial research interest was in hematology and later clinical chemistry. This led to study of fibrinogen in sick cattle as a diagnostic aid followed by acid-base and pH alterations in calves with diarrhea. He formulated a solution for replacing the lost electrolytes and fluids which became widely known as McSherry’s Solution and was made available to clinicians commercially.

Dr McSherry was an early participant in the newly formed American Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology and was made an Honorary Member of the American College of Veterinary Pathology.

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Interview Date: 
T. Lumsden
Call Number: 
RE1 UOG A1340167