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John New at War Dog Memorial



(October 16, 2013)-- Tuesday, October 15, our college, our university, and our East Tennessee community lost a foundational pillar of a man without warning.  It is with a very heavy heart we share the news of Dr. John New's sudden death. His unexpected passing has left a deep void in the hearts of too many.  




                                                                                                                                                                   John New at podiumDr. New, a hero to both people and pets, had been on the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine since 1977 with teaching responsibilities in public health, zoonotic diseases (diseases shared by animals and people), food safety and the human-animal bond.  He helped establish a veterinary medicine concentration in the university's Master of Public Health program. Dr. New had served as a  board member and scientific advisory committee member of the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, and had researched many avenues of animal welfare, including pet ownership, overpopulation, and pet relinquishments. His work has been used to develop and enhance programs that have successfully targeted both people and their pets by identifying aspects of pet ownership and responsibility that can lead to abandonment. Because of Dr. New's insight into a prevalent problem, countless pets have remained in their homes.

Critter Magazine, an animal adoption publication dedicated to improving the quality of life for animals through education, by supporting spay/neuter efforts, encouraging responsible pet guardianship, and helping find loving homes for animals in need, has dedicated the November issue to the memory of Dr. John New.  Click here to read the issue.

After graduating from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. New served as a captain in the US Army Veterinary Corps and was assigned as a clinical veterinary officer. Following his military service, Dr. New returned to the academic arena and earned a master's degree in public health from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. New received numerous awards, including the Michael J. McCoulloch, MD Memorial Award; the Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award; and the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine's Reed Outstanding Service Award. In a fitting tribute to the life and work of Dr. New, the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association created the John New Human-Animal Bond Award in 2002. He also received the AVMA Animal Welfare Award.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the HABIT program or CAIT. Click here for more information.




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Sandra Harbison
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Tennessee
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