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

Assistant Professor

Canine and Feline Sepsis
Emergency & Critical Care

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  • 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)
  1. Sumner C, Rozanski EA, Sharp CR, Shaw SP. The use of deep oral swabs for bacterial culture as a surrogate for transoral tracheal wash cultures in dogs with pneumonia. J Vet Emerg Crit Care. In Press.
  2. Rutter CR, Rozanski EA, Sharp CR, Powell LL, Kent M. Ventilatory failure, ventilator management, and outcome in dogs with lower motor neuron disease; 15 cases (2003-2009). J Vet Emerg Crit Care. In Press.
  3. Donnelly K, DeClue AE, Sharp CR. What is your diagnosis? Suspected aldosterone secreting tumor in a 12-year-old labrador retriever. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2010. In Press.
  4. DeClue AE, Osterbur K, Bigio A, Sharp CR. Evaluation of serum NT-pCNP as a diagnostic and prognostic biomarker for sepsis in dogs. J Vet Intern Med. 2011 May-Jun; 25(3):453-9.
  5. Buckley GJ, DeCubellis J, Sharp CR, Rozanski, EA. Cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation in hospitalized rabbits: 15 cases. J Exotic Pet Med. 2011; 20(1):46-50.
  6. DeClue AE, Delgado C, Chang C, Sharp CR. Clinical and immunologic assessment of sepsis and the systemic inflammatory response syndrome in cats. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2011. Apr 1; 238(7):890-7.
  7. DeClue AE, Sharp CR, Cohen RL, Leverenz EF and Reinero CR. Cysteinyl-leukotriene receptor antagonism blunts the acute hypotensive response to endotoxin in cats. J Feline Med Surg (2010); 12, 754-759.
  8. Sharp CR, Ringen D and Nagy DW. Successful management of severe hypoventilation and hypercapnea in an alpaca (Vicugna pacos) with short-term mechanical ventilation. J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2010; 20(2):258-263.
  9. Anastasio JA and Sharp CR. Acute aldicarb toxicosis in 15 dogs (2001-2009). J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2011 Jun; 21(3):253-60.
  10. Sharp CR, DeClue AE, Haak C, Honaker A, Reinero CR. Evaluation of the antiendotoxin effects of polymyxin B in a feline model of endotoxemia. J Feline Med Surg. 2010 Apr; 12(4):278-85
  11. Sharp CR, Mann FA and Kerl ME. A comparison of total calcium, corrected calcium and ionized calcium concentrations as indicators of calcium homeostasis among hypoalbuminemic dogs requiring intensive care. J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2009 Dec; 19(6):571-8.
  12. DeClue AE, Williams KJ, Sharp C, Haak C, Lechner E, Reinero CR. Systemic response to low-dose endotoxin infusion in cats. Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2009 Dec 15; 132(2-4):167-74.

General Research Interests

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


  • 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