Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Robert McCarthy

Clinical Orthopedics and Soft Tissue Surgery

Small Animal Surgery

Dr.RobertRobMcCarthy 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 avidSCUBAdiver.

Education

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

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Surgery

The authors respond

Author(s):Mccarthy, R.J. | Levine, S.H. | Michael Reed, J.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Estimation of effectiveness of three methods of feral cat population control by use of a simulation model

Author(s):McCarthy, R.J. | Levine, S.H. | Michael Reed, J.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Tepoxalin no longer available commercially

Author(s):McCarthy, R.J.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Seizures and severe nutrient deficiencies in a puppy fed a homemade diet

Author(s):Hutchinson, D. | Freeman, L.M. | McCarthy, R. | Anastasio, J. | Shaw, S.P. | Sutherland-Smith, J.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Are cast stainless steel plates related to osteosarcoma occurrence?

Author(s):Sprecher, C.M. | Boudrieau, R.J. | Suter, T. | Keating, J.H. | McCarthy, R.J. | Milz, S.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: European Cells and Materials

The authors respond: Historical perspective on veterinary school accreditation debate

Author(s):DeTora, M. | McCarthy, R.J.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Re: Pyometra in dogs and cats following ovariectomy

Author(s):de Tora, M. | Mccarthy, R.J.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

RE: Ovariectomy during early pregnancy

Author(s):DeTora, M. | McCarthy, R.J.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Ovariohysterectomy versus ovariectomy for elective sterilization of female dogs and cats: Is removal of the uterus necessary?

Author(s):de Tora, M. | McCarthy, R.J.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Therapeutic antibiotic use patterns in dogs: Observations from a veterinary teaching hospital

Author(s):Wayne, A. | Mccarthy, R. | Lindenmayer, J.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Journal of Small Animal Practice

BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Endoscopy and Endosurgery - Edited by Philip Lhermette and David Sobel

Author(s):McCarthy, R.J.
Publication year: 2010
Journal / Book title: Journal of Small Animal Practice

Biliary cystadenoma in a rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Author(s):DeCubellis, J. | Kruse, A.M. | McCarthy, R.J. | Zacher, L.A. | Penninck, D. | Watson, A.T. | Parry, N. | Donnelly, T.M. | Mayer, J.
Publication year: 2010
Journal / Book title: Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine

The authors respond

Author(s):Balara, J.M. | McCarthy, R.J. | Buote, M.A.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Clinical, histologic, and immunohistochemical characterization of wart-like lesions on the paw pads of dogs: 24 cases (2000-2007)

Author(s):Balara, J.M. | McCarthy, R.J. | Kiupel, M. | Buote, M.A. | Wise, A.G. | Maes, R.K.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Cranial cruciate ligament injury in dogs - Are we really making any progress?

Author(s):McCarthy, R.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Journal of Small Animal Practice

Complications associated with lateral fabellotibial suture surgery for cranial cruciate ligament injury in dogs: 363 cases (1997-2005)

Author(s):Casale, S.A. | McCarthy, R.J.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Finds discrepancy between studies on canine tibial plateau leveling osteotomy plates [1]

Author(s):Boudrieau, R.J. | McCarthy, R.J. | Keating, J.H. | Milz, S. | Sprecher, C.M. | Künzler, T.P.
Publication year: 2007
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Imaging diagnosis - Discospondylitis and septic arthritis in a dog

Author(s):Stern, L. | McCarthy, R. | King, R. | Hunt, K.
Publication year: 2007
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound

Pacemaker Implantation in a Ferret (Mustela putorius furo) With Third-Degree Atrioventricular Block

Author(s):Sanchez-Migallon Guzman, D. | Mayer, J. | Melidone, R. | McCarthy, R.J. | McCobb, E. | Kavirayani, A. | Rush, J.E.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Exotic Animal Practice

Material properties of and tissue reaction to the Slocum TPLO plate

Author(s):Boudrieau, R.J. | McCarthy, R.J. | Sprecher, C.M. | Künzler, T.P. | Keating, J.H. | Milz, S.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

General Research Interests

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