At AAHA, we often receive news and updates we'd like to pass on to our members regarding our past presidents and other board members. Recently, we received a press release about the late Dr. John McCarthy (AAHA president, 1983-84). The press release read:

Dr. John B. McCarthy was awarded the prestigious Shomer Ethics Award during the American Veterinary Medical Association Convention on July 20, 2013 in Chicago. The Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics (SVME) selects an outstanding scholar who demonstrates the highest levels of integrity, leadership, courage, and compassion in the field of medical ethics for the Shomer Ethics Award. Dr. McCarthy spearheaded the gallant creation of the SVME's Basic Veterinary Medical Ethics Course, which is now available to registrants via the website. He practiced in New York State and was president of the New City Rotary Club. He was past president of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), past president of the New York Veterinary Medical Association (NYVMA), and a founding member of the National Academies of Practice (NAP), among many other accomplishments.

Throughout his career, Dr. McCarthy was passionate about doing the right thing, which led him to teach veterinary medical ethics and become active as an advocate for the AVMA in Washington DC. He also taught briefly at Ross University in the Caribbean and retired to live in Easton, Maryland, with his wife, Ruth. Dr. John Albers, a good friend of Dr. McCarthy's over his 25 years as CEO of AAHA, accepted the Shomer Award posthumously on behalf of Dr. McCarthy's wife, Ruth McCarthy, and his daughters, Dr. Heidi McCarthy and Karen McCarthy Constantino.



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