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Ralph C. Harvey DVM, MS, DACVAA
Associate Professor
Small Animal Anesthesiology
Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Research Interests

  • Clinical pharmacology of injectable anesthetics
  • 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.


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

Professional Activities

  • Veterinary Anesthesiology & Analgesia, Critical Care, Pharmacology
  • Training of veterinary students, technicians, interns, & residents
  • Continuing education for veterinarians & Veterinary Technicians


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 has served there as the Director of Small Animal Surgical Services and as a member of the University Faculty Senate. His advanced training included internship, residency and fellowship at Cornell's Veterinary and Medical Colleges. He has also worked in private small animal practice. He is certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, has served as the Executive Secretary of the ACVAA, and as a member of the ACVAA Board of Directors. Dr. Harvey has received the UTCVM Brandy Memorial Award for “sensitivity and compassion for veterinary patients and the ability to instill these qualities in veterinary students.” He has also received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association and the UTCVM Outstanding Alumni Non-Practice Career Award. His community and public service activities have included work with regional science fair programs, Explorer Scouting, The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, and regional environmental advocacy.