Dr. Jon Klingborg


Dr. Jon Klingborg (‘Dr. K’) is a small animal veterinarian in Merced, California. His practice includes dogs, cats, and other furry creatures (chinchillas, hamsters, etc.)

    He has been a vocal advocate on animal welfare and has encouraged veterinarians to take a leadership role on such issues.  ‘Dr. K’ has lectured at state and national veterinary conventions on animal welfare issues, and was instrumental in developing The CVMA’s Eight Principles of Animal Care and Use and the AVMA’s Animal Welfare Principles—landmark documents that states how animals should be treated by veterinarians and society.

    In 2006, ‘Dr. K’ was named a “Distinguished Practitioner” by the National Academies of Practice—an honor bestowed upon only 150 practicing veterinarians in the United States.

    Dr. K served as President of the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) in 2004 -2005.  This is the largest state veterinary association in the United States.  During his term, he spoke out about important issues such as ear cropping, cat declawing, and pet cloning.  He interviews on these issues have appeared in media around the world—from Boston to Bahrain, California to Korea.

    Dr. Klingborg has also been very involved in Mentoring the next generation of animal doctors.  As Guest Faculty to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. K lectures to veterinary students on the importance of good client communication to a successful practice.

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