Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Cheryl Blaze

Anesthesia

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.

Education

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

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists

Publications in Journals

  1. Abelson, A, McCobb, E, Blaze, CA, et.al: Use of wound soaker catheters for the administration of local anesthetic for post-operative analgesia: 56 cases. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, 2009, 36, 597-602.
  2. Bretz B, Blaze C, Parry N, Kudej RK. Ischemic postconditioning does not attenuate ischemia-reperfusion of rabbit small intestine. Vet Surg, 2010, 39:216-223.
  3. Weaver LA, Blaze CA, Linder D, Andrutis KA, Karas AZ. A model for clinical evaluation of perioperative analgesia in the rabbit. JAALAS, 2010, 46(6); 845-851.

Abstracts

  1. Bretz B, Blaze C, Parry N, Kudej RK. Ischemic postconditioning does not attenuate ischemia-reperfusion of rabbit small intestine. Vet Surg 2008; 37(6):E4.
  2. Pirie, CG, Blaze C, Casey E, Pizzirani S: The effect of intravenous hydromorphone, butorphanol, morphine, and buprenorphine on pupil size and intraocular pressure in normal dogs. Vet Ophthal 2008; 11(6): 421.
  3. aras, AZ, Weaver, LA, Andrutis, KA, Linder, D, Blaze, CA: A model for clinical evaluation of perioperative analgesia in the rabbit. AALAS National Conference, San Diego, California. November 9-13, 2008.
  4. C.Blaze, B.Schneider, D.Faissler, L. Maranda, S.Shaw, N. Dodman. The effect of acepromazine on the electroencephalographic activity of normal dogs. Abstracts of the 10th World Congress in Veterinary Anesthesia, Glasgow, Scotland. Aug 31-Sept 4, 2009; page 55.
  5. C Blaze, CG Pirie, E Casey, S Pizzirani. The effect of intravenous hydromorphone, butorphanol, morphine, and buprenorphine on pupil size and intraocular pressure in normal dogs. Abstracts of the 10th World Congress in Veterinary Anesthesia, Glasgow, Scotland. Aug 31-Sept 4, 2009; page 134.

General Research Interests

  • Reflux during anesthesia
  • One lung ventilation

Research Interests by Area

Pain Management and Alternatives
  • Post surgical analgesia for rabbits