A veterinarian at GVPH, Dr. Herda graduated from veterinary school in 2009, earning a DVM degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. In May 2007, she went on a mission trip to Honduras to help vaccinate livestock and educate farmers. As a veterinarian, Dr. Herda has served as a mentor to new veterinary graduates. Dr. Herda is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA).
Dr. Herda has been married since May 2009 to "the love of my life, James." She enjoys hiking, crocheting, watching movies, and reading. Some of her favorite books include the Harry Potter series, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Giver series, and Where the Red Fern Grows among many others. Her furry family includes Autumn & Geno (Great Danes); Tolkien (Corgi); Chunk, Elisa, Kirby, Calvin & Hobbes (all cats); Salt & Pepper (Chinchillas); and Irwin (Leopard Gecko).
"Being a veterinarian allows me to serve those around me. While providing care to the four-legged members of the family is extremely important, I also have a responsibility to the pet owners themselves. We must work together through sometimes trying and difficult circumstances in the lives of our furry friends. It is a great honor for me to be able to care for pets through the course of their lives, from the first puppy or kitten visit all the way to the end of life decisions."