Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Claire R. Sharp

Canine and Feline Sepsis

Emergency & Critical Care

Claire Sharp joined the Tufts Faculty in August of 2009, joining the faculty of one of the nation's busiest teaching Emergency and Critical Care services for pets. She has particular interests in trauma, systemic infections and respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation, and is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

Dr. Sharp grew up in Western Australia on a tiny tropical island in the Indian Ocean—the West Island in the atoll of the Cocos Keeling Islands. For as long as she could remember, she wanted to be a veterinarian. I can't remember a conscious decision to pursue this career, she says. It's just in my blood. After attending Perth, Australia's Murdoch University to earn both a bachelor's and a BVMS—the equivalent of a DVM degree in the United States—Dr. Sharp attended the University of Missouri to obtain a master's degree in veterinary clinical science and undertake a residency. While there, she earned awards for outstanding clinical service and her contribution to student teaching, which were awarded by the faculty and senior students respectively.

Dr. Sharp lives near the Cummings School campus with her cats, Margi and Minson. She enjoys traveling and hopes to resume competitive rowing soon.

Education

  • Masters of Science (Veterinary Clinical Sciences) - University of Missouri - 2010
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery - Murdoch University - 2002
  • Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) - Murdoch University - 2000

Board Certification

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care (DACVECC)

An ex vivo evaluation of efficacy of refrigerated canine plasma

Author(s):Grochowsky, A.R. | Rozanski, E.A. | de Laforcade, A.M. | Sharp, C.R. | Meola, D.M. | Schavone, J.J. | Brooks, M.B.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations in dogs - correlation with health and cancer risk

Author(s):Selting, K.A. | Sharp, C.R. | Ringold, R. | Thamm, D.H. | Backus, R.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology

Gastric dilatation and volvulus in a brachycephalic dog with hiatal hernia

Author(s):Aslanian, M.E. | Sharp, C.R. | Garneau, M.S.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of Small Animal Practice

Multicenter prospective evaluation of dogs with trauma

Author(s):Hall, K.E. | Holowaychuk, M.K. | Sharp, C.R. | Reineke, E.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

A novel trauma model: Naturally occurring canine trauma

Author(s):Hall, K.E. | Sharp, C.R. | Adams, C.R. | Beilman, G.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Shock

Psychogenic stress in hospitalized dogs: Cross species comparisons, implications for health care, and the challenges of evaluation

Author(s):Hekman, J.P. | Karas, A.Z. | Sharp, C.R.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Animals

Pharmacokinetics and preliminary safety data of a single oral dose of bosentan, a dual endothelin receptor antagonist, in cats

Author(s):Puza, N. | Papich, M.G. | Reinero, C. | Chang, C.-H. | Yu, D.-H. | Sharp, C. | Declue, A.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Clinical experience of anti-Xa monitoring in critically ill dogs receiving dalteparin

Author(s):Lynch, A.M. | deLaforcade, A.M. | Sharp, C.R.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Clinical outcome after diagnosis of hemophilia a in dogs

Author(s):Aslanian, M.E. | Sharp, C.R. | Rozanski, E.A. | de Laforcade, A.M. | Rishniw, M. | Brooks, M.B.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Physical Examination of the Respiratory System

Author(s):Sharp, C.R. | Rozanski, E.A.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Topics in Companion Animal Medicine

Serum thymidine kinase 1 and C-reactive protein as biomarkers for screening clinically healthy dogs for occult disease

Author(s):Selting, K.A. | Sharp, C.R. | Ringold, R. | Knouse, J.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology

Evaluation of the shock index in dogs presenting as emergencies

Author(s):Porter, A.E. | Rozanski, E.A. | Sharp, C.R. | Dixon, K.L. | Price, L.L. | Shaw, S.P.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Mechanical ventilation in a dog with acetylcholinesterase inhibitor toxicosis

Author(s):Tse, Y.C. | Sharp, C.R. | Evans, T.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Endothelin-1 Concentrations in Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid of Cats with Experimentally Induced Asthma

Author(s):Sharp, C.R. | Lee-Fowler, T.M. | Reinero, C.R.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Mechanical ventilation in a dog with acetylcholinesterase inhibitor toxicosis.

Author(s):Tse, Y.C. | Sharp, C.R. | Evans, T.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of veterinary emergency and critical care (San Antonio, Tex. : 2001)

Pathology in Practice

Author(s):Needle, D.B. | Sharp, C.R. | Krein, S.R. | Davis, B.J.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Septic pericarditis in a cat with pyometra

Author(s):Majoy, S.B. | Sharp, C.R. | Dickinson, A.E. | Cunningham, S.M.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Elevated serum thymidine kinase activity in canine splenic hemangiosarcoma

Author(s):Thamm, D.H. | Kamstock, D.A. | Sharp, C.R. | Johnson, S.I. | Mazzaferro, E. | Herold, L.V. | Barnes, S.M. | Winkler, K. | Selting, K.A.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology

Plasma lactate measurements in healthy cats

Author(s):Redavid, L.A. | Sharp, C.R. | Mitchell, M.A. | Beckel, N.F.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Spontaneous pneumothorax in 35 cats (2001-2010)

Author(s):Mooney, E.T. | Rozanski, E.A. | King, R.G. | Sharp, C.R.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery

General Research Interests

  • Canine and Feline SIRS and Sepsis
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Polytrauma
  • Biomarkers for Cancer and Inflammatory Disease

Teaching

  • PBL I, II & III - Course Director
  • Immunology: Clinical Immunology, Congenital and Acquired Immunodeficiency Disorders
  • Small Animal Medicine - Selected Infectious Diseases, Coagulation Disorder
  • Cardiology - Shock
  • Toxicology - Plant Toxins, Renal Toxins

Research Interests by Area

Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Sepsis in dogs and cats

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Emergency and Critical Care
  • Canine and feline sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), polytrauma. Sepsis, endotoxemia, and inflammatory biomarkers (dog and cat models), clinical critical care research

Visiting Professor

  • University of the West Indies - St. Augustine, Trinidad: Principles of Medicine & Small Animal Medicine