Robert McCarthy - DVM, DACVS

Robert McCarthy
Clinical Orthopedics and Soft Tissue Surgery
Small Animal Surgery

Dr. Robert Rob McCarthy is a veterinary surgeon specializing in both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. Although he works primarily with companion small animals, he also performs surgery on exotic, wildlife and zoo animals. He has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy, arthroscopy) of all types.

Dr. McCarthy grew up in Natick, MA, and first became interested in veterinary medicine while he was an undergraduate student at Boston College. He was offered admission to both veterinary and medical school, but decided to pursue veterinary medicine at Tufts, where he earned his degree in 1983 as a member of the school's first graduating class. He served on the faculty of Louisiana State University and earned a master's degree from the University of Minnesota prior to returning to Tufts as a faculty member in 1993. The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine has the best clinical programs, small animal hospital, faculty and staff of any veterinary school in the country, he says. From my perspective, this is a perfect job.

Dr. McCarthy's notable cases range from fracture repairs on bald eagles, turkey vultures and hawks at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic, to a penguin at the New England Aquarium, and a wallaby and cheetah at the Roger Williams Zoo in Rhode Island. Most recently, Dr.McCarthy has begun performing minimally invasive laparoscopic spay surgeries on large dogs and other animals; among his first patients were two tigers from Southwick's Zoo in nearby Mendon, MA.

Dr. McCarthy has lectured on small animal surgery at meetings from Puerto Rico to Australia and in all corners of the United States. He has a strong interest in feral cat management and has coordinated a trap-neuter-release program on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands for the past several years.

Dr. McCarthy lives in Grafton with his wife, Paula, a part-time staff member at the Wildlife Clinic. The couple has two children, Sara and Nick, and share their home with two cats and three dogs—two of whom were rescues. He plays tennis and soccer as often as he can and is an avid SCUBA diver.

Education

  • MS - University of Minnesota - 1992
  • DVM - Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine - 1983

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Surgery
  1. Singh, H., Kowaleski, M.P., McCarthy, R.J., Boudrieau, R.J. 2016. A comparative study of the dorsolateral and ventrolateral approaches for repair of canine sacroiliac luxation. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
  2. Leonard, K.C., Kowaleski, M.P., Saunders, W.B., McCarthy, R.J., Boudrieau, R.J. 2016. Combined tibial plateau levelling osteotomy and tibial tuberosity transposition for treatment of cranial cruciate ligament insufficiency with concomitant medial patellar luxation. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
  3. Garneau, M.S., McCarthy, R.J. 2015. Multiple magnetic gastrointestinal foreign bodies in a dog. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  4. Becker, W., Kowaleski, M.P., McCarthy, R.J., Blake, C.A. 2015. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy for shoulder lameness in dogs. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association.
  5. Mccarthy, R.J., Levine, S.H., Michael Reed, J. 2013. The authors respond. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  6. McCarthy, R.J., Levine, S.H., Michael Reed, J. 2013. Estimation of effectiveness of three methods of feral cat population control by use of a simulation model. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  7. McCarthy, R.J. 2013. Tepoxalin no longer available commercially. American Journal of Veterinary Research.
  8. Hutchinson, D., Freeman, L.M., McCarthy, R., Anastasio, J., Shaw, S.P., Sutherland-Smith, J. 2012. Seizures and severe nutrient deficiencies in a puppy fed a homemade diet. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  9. Sprecher, C.M., Boudrieau, R.J., Suter, T., Keating, J.H., McCarthy, R.J., Milz, S. 2012. Are cast stainless steel plates related to osteosarcoma occurrence?. European Cells and Materials.
  10. DeTora, M., McCarthy, R.J. 2012. The authors respond: Historical perspective on veterinary school accreditation debate. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  11. de Tora, M., Mccarthy, R.J. 2012. Re: Pyometra in dogs and cats following ovariectomy. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  12. DeTora, M., McCarthy, R.J. 2012. RE: Ovariectomy during early pregnancy. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  13. de Tora, M., McCarthy, R.J. 2011. Ovariohysterectomy versus ovariectomy for elective sterilization of female dogs and cats: Is removal of the uterus necessary?. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  14. Wayne, A., Mccarthy, R., Lindenmayer, J. 2011. Therapeutic antibiotic use patterns in dogs: Observations from a veterinary teaching hospital. Journal of Small Animal Practice.
  15. McCarthy, R.J. 2010. BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Endoscopy and Endosurgery - Edited by Philip Lhermette and David Sobel. Journal of Small Animal Practice.
  16. DeCubellis, J., Kruse, A.M., McCarthy, R.J., Zacher, L.A., Penninck, D., Watson, A.T., Parry, N., Donnelly, T.M., Mayer, J. 2010. Biliary cystadenoma in a rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine.
  17. Balara, J.M., McCarthy, R.J., Buote, M.A. 2009. The authors respond. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  18. Balara, J.M., McCarthy, R.J., Kiupel, M., Buote, M.A., Wise, A.G., Maes, R.K. 2009. Clinical, histologic, and immunohistochemical characterization of wart-like lesions on the paw pads of dogs: 24 cases (2000-2007). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  19. McCarthy, R. 2009. Cranial cruciate ligament injury in dogs - Are we really making any progress?. Journal of Small Animal Practice.
  20. Casale, S.A., McCarthy, R.J. 2009. Complications associated with lateral fabellotibial suture surgery for cranial cruciate ligament injury in dogs: 363 cases (1997-2005). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

General Research Interests

  • Reproduction control in dogs and cats
  • Feral cat management
  • Surgery in exotic pets and wildlife