John H. de Jong, D.V.M, Principal
John de Jong, D.V.M is owner and founder of Newton Animal Hospital. A 1985 graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, he has taken on many leadership roles in organized veterinary medicine having served as president of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, the New England Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Housecall Veterinarians. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the American Veterinary Medical Association. His primary interest is surgery and he also owns and operates the Boston Mobile Veterinary Clinic. He is a weekly columnist for the Boston Herald and is a monthly talk radio guest on WRKO's Howie Carr Show. Boston Magazine and the Improper Bostonian have both recognized him previously as Boston's Best Veterinarian. His personal interests are politics, fishing, golf and rugby and he enjoys family time with his wife and two sons.
Carole Lee de Jong, Principal
Carole de Jong joins her husband as principal and Director of Marketing. A Boston native, Carole spent over twenty years in the radio, print and television advertising sales industry. Her main focus at the hospital will be community outreach, advertising, marketing and creating strategic partnerships within the pet industry in Newton and the greater Boston metropolitan area. She is also buyer for the pet boutique and always on the lookout for one of-a-kind high quality pet merchandise. Her goal is to provide the clients at Newton Animal Hospital with unsurpassed value and resources so that all of your pet needs, education, services and questions are always answered. Carole is also a realtor, an author and a contributor at the Boston Herald. She enjoys tennis, golf, cooking and spending time with husband and two sons.
Jaclyn Mendoza, Practice Manager
When you enter the hospital you will no doubt be greeted by the experienced, and caring Jaclyn Mendoza. Jaclyn was born and raised in South Boston, where she worked both as a veterinary technician and receptionist. From Boston, Jaclyn moved to Hawaii where she married her husband, Javier, and had a beautiful baby boy named Cameron. During her time on the island of Oahu she continued to work in veterinary medicine as a veterinary technician. The family stayed on Oahu for just shy of 4 years and then moved to California. Jaclyn continued her work as a technician and joined the management team of a small animal/ exotic practice where she stayed for 4 years. We are pleased to announce her arrival here at Newton Animal Hospital as Practice Manager. With her hard work, dedication, and knowledge of veterinary medicine, we know she will meet not only your needs but your furry family members as well. On occasion you may see an appearance of her Golden Retriever named Chevy and African Gray Parrot named Lexi.
Jenny-Ree Hedges, BVMS
Dr. Hedges joined Newton Animal Hospital in January 2014. A 2009 graduate of The University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine, she practiced as a veterinarian in London. In 2013, Dr. Hedges and her husband relocated back to the United States and settled in Massachusetts. Before heading across the pond, she received a bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Rutgers University and worked as a veterinary technician in various practices throughout New York and New Jersey.
Dr. Hedges enjoys all aspects of general practice, but has a particular interest in management of chronic diseases and senior pet care.
Dr. Hedges is a Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the British Veterinary Association, and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association. She lives in Watertown with her husband and their Jack Russell Terrier, Pudge.