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Ralph C. Harvey, DVM

Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Tennessee
2407 River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-8387
FAX: (865) 974-5554


  • DVM, University of Tennessee
  • MS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Internship and Residency, Cornell University
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists

Research Interests

  • Analgesia and related aspects of comparative pharmacology and physiology.
  • Anesthetic and analgesic management in critical care.
  • Development of controlled release spinal analgesics.
  • Partial reversal of post-operative opioid side-effects.
  • Alpha-2 Agonist Hemodynamics/Pharmacodynamics.

Professional Activities

  • Veterinary Anesthesiology & analgesia, Critical Care, Pharmacology, Laboratory Animal Medicine
  • Training of veterinary students, technicians, interns, & residents. Continuing education for veterinarians & Veterinary Technicians


Additional Information

Dr. Ralph Harvey is an associate professor of anesthesiology in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1985. He served as the Director of Surgical Services from 1993 through 2000. Dr. Harvey received the DVM degree from the University of Tennessee and the MS degree in genetics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His internship and residency were completed at Cornell University. He also completed a fellowship at Cornellís Medical College. He is certified as a specialist by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists and has served as Executive Secretary of the ACVA, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Harvey has been involved with the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair as President, member of the Board, and Chair of Scientific Review. Dr. Harvey has worked with the Explorer Scouting Program for a number of years as an adult leader. He received the 1998 Outstanding Faculty Member Award from theTennessee Veterinary Medical Association. He is a member of the board of the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning.