Dr. John Harvey - DVM 1970

North American Veterinary Conference 2002

Dr. John Harvey

Manhattan -- Two graduates of Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine were recognized by K-State's Veterinary Medical Alumni Association.

Dr. John W. Harvey and Dr. Mark N. Skeels received Alumni Recognition Awards at the K-State alumni reception held in conjunction with the North American Veterinary Conference. The awards ceremony took place January 13, 2002 in Orlando, Florida. The veterinarians were recognized for time and effort devoted to advancing the profession of veterinary medicine and for being exemplary role models for future alumni of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University.

Originally from the southwest Kansas town of Hugoton, Dr. John W. Harvey earned a bachelor's degree in 1969 and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1970, both from K-State. He went on to earn a PhD from the University of California-Davis in 1974. He has been board certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (Clinical Pathology) since 1977.

Joining the faculty at the University of Florida as an assistant professor in 1974, he quickly rose through the ranks to associate professor in 1979 and full professor in 1984. He currently serves in both faculty and clinical service positions at the University of Florida: professor of clinical pathology and chairman in the Department of Physiological Sciences and clinical pathologist in the Veterinary Health Center. His expertise and research interests are comparative hematology and erythrocyte metabolism. Impressively, Dr. Harvey discovered and named the Ehrlichia platys organism that infects dog platelets and, along with coworkers, first recognized and reported four different inherited erythrocyte enzyme deficiencies.

Dr. Harvey has received several honors and awards for his contributions to the veterinary profession. The University of Florida recognized him as the recipient of the Daniels Pharmaceuticals Senior Clinical Investigator Award in 1993 and as the recipient of the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award in 1984. He was the recipient of the C.L. Davis Foundation Journal Scholarship Award in 1991.

Dr. Harvey is a former president of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and he also served a four-year term on the Morris Animal Foundation Scientific Advisory Board. He served on a number of editorial boards including Comparative Hematology International, a position he began in 1990. Other professional involvements include the American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, American College of Veterinary Pathologists and American Society of Hematology.

Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Harvey has published over 120 journal articles and book chapters concerning comparative hematology. He has presented more than 170 scientific and continuing education talks and seminars. Dr. Harvey is also a coeditor of a textbook "Clinical Biochemistry of Domestic Animals, 5th edition" and coauthor of a second textbook "Clinical Laboratory Medicine, Interpretation and Diagnosis, 2nd edition." He recently authored a color atlas titled "Atlas of Veterinary Hematology, Blood and Bone Marrow of Domestic Animals."

The K-State College of Veterinary Medicine is proud to have such outstanding alumni represent our institution and the veterinary profession. Congratulations!