|John W. Lee, Jr. DVM received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Delaware, his home state, and graduated in 1974 from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He established Chadds Ford Animal Hospital in 1978 and founded Unionville Equine Associates in 1983. He is a former member of the Maryland Horse Industry Board and received the Maryland Secretary of Agriculture’s Volunteer Award in 2014. In addition he was the Vice Chairman of the Board for The Barn at Spring Brook Farm. He is married to Jane Fassinger, VMD and has three grown children that live in California, Oregon and Australia.As of May 2015 John is no longer a practicing partner of Unionville Equine. He relocated to New Mexico, which offers better weather, a Western flair and definitely a slower paced life style. He purchased a small place of sixty acres named Running Quail Ranch just north of the Village of Magdalena. Every year in July the town holds Old Timers Days with a small fair, Native American demonstrations and a three day rodeo. In addition this town was the last one in the United States to have a cattle drive which was in 1972. The railroad ended here and cattle were driven to its stockyards from Western New Mexico and Eastern Arizona. The climate is considered high desert since it is at 6700 feet in elevation. The world’s largest radio telescope, called the VLA, is just west of his ranch, Dr. Lee recommends Googling it as it is an amazing thing to see. He and Janey have built a new barn on the property for their twelve horses and it also has a small apartment for Janey’s mother. They have obtained their New Mexico Veterinary licenses and John has kept his Pennsylvania license. John will be assisting with Janey’s mixed animal practice that she will be establishing soon. The nearest vet is about thirty miles from them so people they meet are very excited to have two veterinarians in the area. John is also starting to help out at Samaritan Center, a food bank and resale shop. Their ranch is just over two hours from the Zuni Reservation where they have volunteered for a number of years. Other places they have helped for the Native American Veterinary Services program are also within driving distance. They are also part of the Pueblo Animal Health Services program which is just getting started.
John is staying active in AAEP and remains on the Advisory Board of the AAEP Foundation. He also is a 2015 recipient of the PVMA Industry Partner award which is given annually to a partner member who has demonstrated a lifetime of selfless dedication to veterinary medicine, the health and welfare of animals and the betterment of the profession.