Dr. Cheryl Morris has over 23 years of comparative animal nutrition experience. She obtained her B.S. in Human Nutrition from the University of New Mexico, her M.S. in Animal Science (Ruminant Nutrition) from Iowa State University and her Ph.D in Nutritional Sciences (Canine Nutrition) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
She developed the comparative nutrition department for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, that included oversight of all animal diets. Most recently she provided leadership to the veterinary department and all the research departments at the zoo including comparative nutrition, reproduction, pathology and rare plants. In 2021, she joined the faculty in Animal Science at Iowa State University. Her research focus is specialized in carnivore nutrition, particularly raw diet formulations for domestic and exotic carnivores. Her research publications include carnivores, domestic livestock, exotic ruminants, vampire bats, insects, amphibians, birds, and reptiles.
Dr. Morris has competed in the sport of dog agility with her Toy Fox Terriers, border collies and an All American, since 2006. A feisty, blue-eyed Australian shepherd joined her pack in 2020. She has obtained more than 150 agility titles on her 8 dogs, including 11 national finals rounds and 11 AKC Master Agility Championship (MACH) titles. She won the 2013 AKC National Agility Championship (16 inch) with her rescue border collie, Karma.
Dr. Morris has a deep understanding of gut anatomy and physiology and specializes in clinical diet formulations related to gastrointestinal imbalance including IBD and PLE.