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Cheryl Blaze - MBA, PhD, BVSc, DACVAA

As an associate professor emerita 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 is involved in anesthesia resident training. 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 without a veterinarian’s attention, which developed her interest in this profession. 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 of teaching, research and service. 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. She is gratified to see them graduate ready to put their training to good use right away.

Dr. Blaze has received several awards including the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award from Tufts in 2008, the MVMA Distinguished Service Award in 2013, and the Exceptional Service Award from Tufts in 2014. She has volunteered on local building projects with Habitat for Humanity and enjoys travel, gardening and outdoor work, swimming, snorkeling and hiking.


  • 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)
  1. Blaze, C.A., Faissler, D., Schneider, B., Maranda, L., Barton, B., Simon, R.F., Dodman, N.H. 2016. The effect of acepromazine on electroencephalographic activity in normal sedated dogs. International Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine.
  2. Krein, S.R., Lindsey, J.C., Blaze, C.A., Wetmore, L.A. 2014. Evaluation of risk factors, including fluconazole administration, for prolonged anesthetic recovery times in horses undergoing general anesthesia for ocular surgery: 81 cases (2006-2013). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  3. Kudej, R.K., Blaze, C. 2013. Pectus Excavatum. Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery.
  4. Weaver, L.A., Blaze, C.A., Linder, D.E., Andrutis, K.A., Karas, A.Z. 2010. A model for clinical evaluation of perioperative analgesia in rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.
  5. Bretz, B., Blaze, C., Parry, N., Kudej, R.K. 2010. Ischemic postconditioning does not attenuateischemia-reperfusion injury of rabbit small intestine. Veterinary Surgery.
  6. Abelson, A.L., McCobb, E.C., Shaw, S., Armitage-Chan, E., Wetmore, L.A., Karas, A.Z., Blaze, C. 2009. Use of wound soaker catheters for the administration of local anesthetic for post-operative analgesia: 56 cases. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.
  7. Bysani, G.K., Kennedy, T.P., Ky, N., Rao, N.V., Blaze, C.A., Hoidal, J.R. 1990. Role of cytochrome P-450 in reperfusion injury of the rabbit lung. Journal of Clinical Investigation.
  8. Blaze, C.A., LeBlanc, P.H., Robinson, N.E. 1988. Effect of withholding feed on ventilation and the incidence of regurgitation during halothane anesthesia of adult cattle. American Journal of Veterinary Research.
  9. BLAZE, C.A., HOLLAND, R.E., GRANT, A.L. 1988. Gas Exchange during Xylazine–ketamine Anesthesia in Neonatal Calves. Veterinary Surgery.
  10. Stanisiewski, E.P., Ames, N.K., Chapin, L.T., Blaze, C.A., Tucker, H.A. 1988. 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.. Journal of animal science.
  11. Wetmore, L.A., Derksen, F.J., Blaze, C.A., Eyster, G.E. 1987. Mixed venous oxygen tension as an estimate of cardiac output in anesthetized horses.. American Journal of Veterinary Research.
  12. Blaze, C.A., Robinson, N.E. 1987. Apneic oxygenation in anesthetized ponies and horses. Veterinary Research Communications.
  13. Reuter, R., Blaze, C. 1987. Anaesthesia of guinea pigs.. The Veterinary record.

General Research Interests

  • Reflux during anesthesia
  • One lung ventilation

Research and Clinical Interests

  • Veterinary anesthesia all species