Veterinary administrator named executive associate dean at college

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - John Harvey, D.V.M., Ph.D., has been named executive associate dean of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, effective Oct.1.

Harvey was a founding member of the UF veterinary college's faculty in 1974 and has served as chairman of the college's department of physiological sciences since 1995. As executive associate dean, Harvey will be in charge of internal college operations.

"Dr. Harvey has a long history with this college and great institutional knowledge," said Glen Hoffsis, D.V.M., the college's dean. "He will be an excellent right-hand person to have in this position and I am delighted that he has agreed to accept the job."

Harvey replaces James Thompson, D.V.M., Ph.D., who held the post of executive associate dean since 2006 and has left the college to become dean at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

A Kansas native, Harvey earned both his bachelor's and D.V.M. degrees from Kansas State and his Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis. He is board-certified in clinical pathology by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Harvey's research interests are comparative hematology and erythrocyte enzyme deficiencies. He discovered and named the Anaplasma platys organism that infects platelets in dogs and, along with co-workers, first recognized and reported four inherited erythrocyte enzyme deficiencies.

Among the honors Harvey has received are the UF Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology, the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Clinical Chemistry, Division of Animal Clinical Chemistry, American Association for Clinical Chemistry, and the Alumni Recognition Award from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

A former president of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology and the International Society for Animal Clinical Pathology, Harvey also served a four-year term on the Morris Animal Foundation's scientific advisory board. He has published 160 journal articles and book chapters concerning comparative hematology and has presented more than 230 scientific and continuing education talks and seminars.


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