AVMA Immediate Past President 2019-2020
Dr. John de Jong, a companion animal veterinarian and experienced veterinary surgeon, owns the Boston Mobile Veterinary Clinic and is the former owner and now Medical Director of Newton Animal Hospital.
He was the founder and former chief surgeon of the low-cost spay/neuter clinic at the Merwin Memorial Clinic. Dr. de Jong served as the 2018-2019 AVMA president, and he chaired the AVMA Board of Directors from 2015-2016. He was also District I Board representative from 2010-2016. Dr. de Jong also served in the AVMA House of Delegates, where he chaired the AVMA's House Advisory Committee, the Governance Performance Review Committee and the Political Action Committee Policy Board. He was the AVMA Congressional Advocacy Network state legislative coordinator and served on the Long Range Planning Committee.
Dr. de Jong is a past president of the Massachusetts and New England Veterinary Medical Associations, as well as the American Association of Housecall Veterinarians. He is on the board of trustees at Tufts University and serves on the board of advisors for the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.
Dr. de Jong writes a weekly column in the Boston Herald called "Ask the Vet" and appeared on local talk radio for many years.
His many recognitions and honors include the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association's Distinguished Service Award, Boston's Best Veterinarian designations by both Boston Magazine and the Improper Bostonian, the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Tufts University Veterinary Alumni Association and recognition as one of Boston's Outstanding Young Leaders.
Dr. de Jong received his veterinary degree from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.