3 wonderful trends in veterinary anesthesia

May 26, 2016
Ralph C. Harvey, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVA

Dr. Harvey is an associate professor of anesthesiology in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1985. He served as director of surgical services from 1993 to 2000. Dr. Harvey worked in companion animal practice and received internship and residency training at Cornell University and a fellowship at Cornell's Medical College. He is certified as a specialist by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists and has served as executive secretary of the ACVA. He received the1998 Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association.

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What's really exciting in anesthesia? Ralph Harvey, DVM, MS, DACVA, an associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine, says he's most impressed by the ways today's pharmaceuticals are used in better ways to calm and comfort patients.

“There's a huge theme right now in the relief of suffering in animals, and it comes down to the relief of fear, pain and stress,” Harvey says. The three trends he's most excited about?

1. The expanded use of maropitant for all patients undergoing anesthesia.

2. Improved sedation with the expanded use of dexmedetomidine (click here and here).

3. The “wealth of opportunities” for the relief of pain in cats.

These products are "tremendously reducing the suffering our patients encounter," Harvey says. “It's always a combination of technique and product-how we can use the new product to achieve goals: longstanding goals and newly recognized opportunities.”

See Harvey, clearly inspired, say it himself below: