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A Man to Remember: Dr. John C. New

Dr. John New unexpectedly passed away on October 15, 2013 and will be sorely missed throughout the human-animal bond community.

DrNew.jpg Dr. New had been a faculty member of the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine for 36 years. He was a prominent figure within the human-animal bond field with a majority of his research focused on investigating human- animal interactions (including pet retention and the use of animals in therapeutic interventions) and infection disease epidemiology (including zoonotic diseases and diseases of free-range wildlife).

Throughout his tenure at the University of Tennessee, Dr. New taught classes focused on public health, zoonotic diseases, food safety, and the human-animal bond. He earned his DVM from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and his master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota.

Additionally, Dr. New showed his commitment to the human-animal bond field through involvement in numerous organizations devoted to exploring the relationship humans have with their pets, such as the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians. He also served as an executive board member for HABIT (Human Animal Bond in Tennessee), an organization which he co-founded. He also created the Vets for Pets of Homeless People program. His work in these areas garnered him several awards, including the Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award, and had one designed to recognize recipients that promote the well-being of people through responsible interaction with animals given in his name.

Dr. New was also a member of several professional societies, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Tennessee Veterinary medical Association, and the U.S. Animal Health Association.

For further information about Dr. New and his work please follow the links below:

  1. Human-animal bond
  2. Human animal distinction
  3. Zoonoses

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