Anna Firshman, BVSc, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, Diplomate ACVSMR

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)

Anna Firshman

Contact Info

[email protected]

Office Phone 612-625-6700

Office Address:
225 Veterinary Medical Center
1365 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Residency, Large Animal Medicine, University of Minnesota, 2003

Internship, University of MInnesota, 2000

PhD, University of Minnesota, 2005

BVSc, University of Liverpool, 1999


Dr. Anna Firshman is an associate clinical professor and specialist in large animal internal medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her veterinary degree from Liverpool University, England in 1999 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2003. She obtained her PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2005 and then joined the faculty at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2009 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2010. Dr. Firshman has a special interest in equine exercise physiology, conditioning and rehabilitation therapy and received her certificate in equine rehabilitation from the University of Tennessee. 


Dr. Firshman specializes in Large Animal Internal Medicine and is a charter member of the American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She works with all large animal species and enjoys all types of large animal medicine cases. Her expertise centers on internal medicine disorders of horses and camelids, and she has particular interests in neurology, endocrine disorders, neonatology, cardiology, equine performance problems, and muscle diseases.


Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Firshman’s research interests focus on muscle diseases and endocrine disorders. Her recent research activities involved the study of the effects of underwater treadmill exercise on muscular response and fitness in horses and on glucose and insulin metabolism in camelids.



Academic Interests and Focus

Clinical large animal internal medicine

Teaching Areas

Clinical Skills
Camelid Medicine
Large Animal Medicine Clinics
Large Animal Neurologic disorders
Equine Sports Medicine
Infectious Diseases
Hematology and Immunology
Gastrointestinal Disorders
Diagnostic Ultrasound


CVM 6921 Clinical Skills III
CVM 6941 Clinical Skills IV
CVM 6928 Large Animal Medicine I
CVM 6945 Large Animal Medicine II
CVM 6969 Large Animal Medicine III
CVM 6960 Equine Selective I
CVM 6737 Equine Sports Medicine
CVM 6794 Camelid Medicine, Surgery, Reproduction, and Health Management
CVM 6011 Large Animal Medicine Clinics



  • Internal Medicine
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2003
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2010

Clinical Interests

Camelid medicine; Neurologic diseases; Endocrine disorders; Muscular diseases; Cardiology; Neonatology; Equine exercise and conditioning; Rehabilitation therapy; Equine performance problems