Gerard graduated from the University of Guelph with his DVM in 2002 and completed his DVSc thesis in 2007. He is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota in the Veterinary Population Medicine department. His responsibilities include teaching veterinary and graduate students, conducting research and providing knowledge and training to the dairy industry. The goals of Gerard’s research program are to provide evidence-based treatment and prevention strategies for dairy cow lameness. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Gerard operated a veterinary practice focused on providing hoof trimming services, monitoring foot health on dairies, consulting on lameness problems, conducting hoof trimming courses and research.