Cheryl qualified as a vet from Liverpool University in 1988 and while working at the Rowett Research Institute was awarded a PhD in reproductive physiology from Aberdeen University in 1991. She then joined the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Science in Edinburgh initially as a postdoctoral fellow becoming a senior lecturer in Veterinary Pathology. She became a Fellow of the UK Royal College of Pathologists in 2001 and was a member of the Specialty Advisory Committee for Veterinary Pathology from 2002-2006, chairing the committee from 2013-2016. She has been an RCPath examiner since 2006. She has been a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Pathology (laboratory animals) since 2010 and was awarded Fellowship of the RCVS in 2014 for meritorious contributions to learning in the field of experimental pathology.

Cheryl has experience of pathology in a wide range of species with particular expertise in toxicological pathology and the pathology of genetically modified mouse models of disease and ageing mice. She has worked for a range of organisations including GlaxoSmithKline, Covance, Envigo, MRC Harwell Institute, NationWide Laboratories, Royal Veterinary College and R(D)SVS, Edinburgh. She is also currently an elected member of RCVS Council and British Society of Toxicological Pathology Council.