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About John C. New Jr., DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Dr. New has been on the faculty of the UT 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. For several years he has been involved in collaborative studies of factors that contribute to dogs and cats being relinquished to animal shelters. One study compared the characteristics of cats and dogs and their owners who relinquished them to shelters with a national sample of cat and dog owners who still had their animals in their home. Information on differences in the animals as well as knowledge of owners were reported.
He and collaborators have estimated the birth and death rates for dogs and cats in the U.S., the first such national estimates. More recently, he lead a study team to expand the Shelter Population Index (SPI) which provides a general measure of how well communities are dealing with the cat and dog surplus.
Dr. New is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Delta Society, Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT), and served as a representative to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP). He is the recipient of the Leo Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian and the AVMA Animal Welfare Awards. Selected publications of the study teams can be found on the NCPPSP web site –


Present Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Department of Comparative Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Tennessee
2407 River Drive, A205
Knoxville, TN 37996-4543


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