Dr. John H. de Jong owns the Boston Mobile Veterinary Clinic and Newton Animal Hospital. He is the founder and former chief surgeon of the low-cost spay/neuter program at the Merwin Memorial Clinic.
Dr. de Jong has been active in the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and was elected to the Board of Directors for the term 2010-2016, serving as Board Chair from 2015-2016 and was elected President-Elect in July, 2017. He has served as president of the Massachusetts and New England Veterinary Medical Associations as well as the American Association of Housecall Veterinarians.
Early in his career, Dr. de Jong worked as a state veterinarian for the Massachusetts Racing Commission and was a track veterinarian at Foxboro Raceway. In addition, he writes a weekly column that appears in the Boston Herald and was heard monthly for over a decade as a guest on WRKO’s syndicated Howie Carr Show.
He 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. Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University recognized him with the Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2015. Both Boston Magazine and the Improper Bostonian have called him Boston’s Best Veterinarian. In 1993, he was recognized as one of Boston’s Outstanding Young Leaders.
Dr. de Jong has been a candidate for the Massachusetts state legislature on two occasions: in 1990 for the state Senate and 1988 for the state House. He is a past president of the Middlesex Club, America’s oldest Republican club and Dr. de Jong also served as president of the Boston Republican City Committee. In addition, Dr. de Jong received gubernatorial appointments as chair of the Boston Finance Commission, where he oversaw the budget for the city of Boston for six years, and to the Board of Directors of Zoo New England.
Dr. de Jong’s wife, Carole Lee de Jong, is a realtor in the greater Boston area and partner of Newton Animal Hospital. She spent more than 20 years working in radio and television advertising sales. Dr. de Jong is active in his church and is an alumni leader at his prep school, college, and veterinary school. He’s also active in sports, including rugby, lacrosse, golf and fishing. Carole and John have two sons, Jack and Sam.
Dr. de Jong was elected to the Tufts University Board of Trustees in November 2012.