Cheryl Blaze - MBA, PhD, BVSc, DACVAA

As an assistant professor of anesthesia, Dr. Cheryl Blaze specializes in anesthesia and pain management at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She sees patients from the school's Foster Hospital for Small Animals and Hospital for Large Animals, as well as occasional cases from the Wildlife Clinic or Area Zoos. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she lectures to students, leads laboratory learning and does research on anesthesia-related topics. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists.

Growing up on a beef cattle property in tropical Australia, Dr. Blaze and her family were a long distance from a veterinary clinic. As such, animals that fell ill had to be treated on-site, which helped to develop an interest in veterinary science. After earning a BVSc from the University of Queensland, Australia, Dr. Blaze went on to Duke University and, later, San Diego State University for a PhD and an MBA, respectively. She was drawn to the Northeast and a position at Tufts provided the perfect mix for me of teaching, research and service, she says.

Highlights of Dr. Blaze's career include anesthetizing five ostriches for intra-abdominal surgery in one day at a zoo and anesthetizing five tigers in a day for dentistry at another zoo. In addition to the interesting caseload at Tufts, she enjoys working with students to help them develop skills so they can become confident with anesthesia. I love to see them graduate ready to put their training to good use, she says.

The winner of several awards, Dr. Blaze was most recently presented with the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award from Tufts in 2008. She has volunteered on local building projects with Habitat for Humanity and enjoys travel, carpentry projects, and gardening with her husband, as well as cycling and taking her cat, Arthur, out for walks when he wears his harness and leash.


  • MBA - San Diego State University - 2001
  • PhD - Duke University - 1996
  • B.V.Sc. - University of Queensland, Australia - 1975

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA)

Evaluation of risk factors, including fluconazole administration, for prolonged anesthetic recovery times in horses undergoing general anesthesia for ocular surgery: 81 cases (2006-2013)

Author(s):Krein, S.R. | Lindsey, J.C. | Blaze, C.A. | Wetmore, L.A.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Pectus Excavatum

Author(s):Kudej, R.K. | Blaze, C.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery

A model for clinical evaluation of perioperative analgesia in rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Author(s):Weaver, L.A. | Blaze, C.A. | Linder, D.E. | Andrutis, K.A. | Karas, A.Z.
Publication year: 2010
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science

Ischemic postconditioning does not attenuateischemia-reperfusion injury of rabbit small intestine

Author(s):Bretz, B. | Blaze, C. | Parry, N. | Kudej, R.K.
Publication year: 2010
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Use of wound soaker catheters for the administration of local anesthetic for post-operative analgesia: 56 cases

Author(s):Abelson, A.L. | McCobb, E.C. | Shaw, S. | Armitage-Chan, E. | Wetmore, L.A. | Karas, A.Z. | Blaze, C.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Peptide YY receptor distribution and subtype in the kidney: Effect on renal hemodynamics and function in rats

Author(s):Blaze, C.A. | Mannon, P.J. | Vigna, S.R. | Kherani, A.R. | Benjamin, B.A.
Publication year: 1997
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology

Renal denervation and the effect of peptide yy on renal blood flow in rats

Author(s):Blaze, C.A. | Vigna, S.R. | Mannon, P.J. | Benjamin, B.A.
Publication year: 1996
Journal / Book title: FASEB Journal

Role of cytochrome P-450 in reperfusion injury of the rabbit lung

Author(s):Bysani, G.K. | Kennedy, T.P. | Ky, N. | Rao, N.V. | Blaze, C.A. | Hoidal, J.R.
Publication year: 1990
Journal / Book title: Journal of Clinical Investigation

Effect of withholding feed on ventilation and the incidence of regurgitation during halothane anesthesia of adult cattle

Author(s):Blaze, C.A. | LeBlanc, P.H. | Robinson, N.E.
Publication year: 1988
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Gas exchange during xylazine-ketamine anesthesia in neonatal calves.

Author(s):Blaze, C.A. | Holland, R.E. | Grant, A.L.
Publication year: 1988
Journal / Book title: Veterinary surgery : VS : the official journal of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Effect of pinealectomy on prolactin, testosterone and luteinizing hormone concentration in plasma of bull calves exposed to 8 or 16 hours of light per day.

Author(s):Stanisiewski, E.P. | Ames, N.K. | Chapin, L.T. | Blaze, C.A. | Tucker, H.A.
Publication year: 1988
Journal / Book title: Journal of animal science

Anaesthesia of guinea pigs.

Author(s):Reuter, R. | Blaze, C.
Publication year: 1987
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Record

Mixed venous oxygen tension as an estimate of cardiac output in anesthetized horses.

Author(s):Wetmore, L.A. | Derksen, F.J. | Blaze, C.A. | Eyster, G.E.
Publication year: 1987
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Apneic oxygenation in anesthetized ponies and horses

Author(s):Blaze, C.A. | Robinson, N.E.
Publication year: 1987
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Research Communications

General Research Interests

  • Reflux during anesthesia
  • One lung ventilation

Research Interests by Area

Pain Management and Alternatives
  • Post surgical analgesia for rabbits