Dr. John H. de Jong
Dr. John H. de Jong

A prominent Boston veterinarian has been tabbed to chair the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Board of Directors.

During its 152nd annual meeting this week in Boston, AVMA announced Dr. John H. de Jong, Weston, Mass., would guide the board that oversees the 86,500-member association, founded in 1863. More than 9,000 individuals from around the globe gathered at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for the annual meeting, according to an AVMA news release.

Dr. de Jong, a 1985 graduate of Tufts University Veterinary Medicine, owns the Boston Mobile Veterinary Clinic and Newton Animal Hospital. Recognized as Boston’s “Best Veterinarian” by both Boston Magazine and the Improper Bostonian, Dr. de Jong is former CEO and director of Boston Animal Hospital and is the founder and former chief surgeon of the low-cost spay/neuter clinic at Merwin Memorial Clinic, the release said.

Elected to the AVMA’s Executive Board in 2010, Dr. de Jong represented veterinarians of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, the release said. Dr. de Jong previously served in the AVMA’s House of Delegates from 1999 to 2010, where he chaired the association’s House Advisory Committee, the Governance Performance Review Committee, the Political Action Committee, the Governance Performance Committee and the Political Action Committee Policy Board, the release said. In addition, he has served as the AVMA-CAN state legislative coordinator and on the Long Range Planning Committee.

Dr. de Jong has been recognized and honored many times by the communities he serves. The Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association awarded him the Distinguished Service Award in 2006. In 1993, he was recognized as one of Boston's Outstanding Young Leaders. He has served as president of the Massachusetts and New England veterinary medical associations as well as the American Association of Housecall Veterinarians, the release said.

AVMA members addressed a number of topics at the annual meeting this week, including:

  • Global health summit – climate change and sustainable agriculture;
  • Drought impact on livestock;
  • Veterinary care after a disaster;
  • Stem cell therapy in companion animals;
  • Suicide among veterinarians;
  • Ebola and animals: what we learned; and
  • Risk factors for suicide among veterinarians and practice-related stressors.