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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 02-06-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 6-12, 2019 PAWTUCKET 15 is in general "on the forefront of" laws protecting animals. The state has made plenty of strides in both draft- ing common sense laws and enforcing existing ones, but there's still more work to do, she said. One initiative she'll be a strong advocate for is getting legislation passed allowing animal health provid- ers to turn over unused medications to rescue organizations, she said. Many animals no longer need the medication they are given, for various reasons, but providers are currently prohibited from taking them back or giving them away. Born and raised in Lincoln, gradu- ating from Lincoln High School in 1996, Thibeault lived in various other communities, including Cumberland, Coventry and North Smithfield, before moving back to Lincoln nearly two years ago. At her one-acre Lincoln property, a "microfarm," as she describes it, she has a small menagerie of two ponies, three dogs and two cats. Her Italian greyhound Petrie, named for the char- acter in "Land Before Time," was ill before she took him in. "I'm not quite at hoarder status," she said, laughing. Thibeault enjoys horseback riding and reading in any free time she can find. She said she also loves visit- ing Rhode Island's craft breweries, and is in a perfect position to go to a great local one, Foolproof Brewing Company, as it is in the space across from where she houses her 22-foot mobile clinic at 241 Grotto Ave., near the Pawtucket waste transfer facility. Prior to founding Creature Comforts Veterinary Services, Thibeault worked at Marshall Veterinary Services as an equine practitioner, and spent nine years at East Side Veterinary Clinic as a small animal practi- tioner. Thibeault is a leading voice for animal welfare in Rhode Island and dedicated to promoting the best pos- sible practice of veterinary medicine through continuing education pro- vided by RIVMA, states a release. She has also, along with RIVMA, been a champion of ensuring access to veterinary care for all pet owners, regardless of financial resources. She is a longtime volunteer in RIVMA's annual community-based rabies clin- ics, believing in the importance of routine vaccinations for pets, and plans to focus on promoting the human animal bond and making sure all member veterinarians have access to the resources provided by the RIVMA. "In the coming year, the RIVMA will be focusing on a number of issues affecting animal welfare and public health while continuing to strive to address the needs of our members as small business owners across Rhode Island," said Thibeault. "Veterinary medicine is a rapidly changing field, and I am grateful for an active group of member veterinarians as well as the input and advocacy of the public." The Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association is a 57-year-old nonprofit agency dedicated to enhanc- ing the quality of veterinary medicine through membership involvement and professional development, and to the promotion of animal welfare through public awareness programs to enhance the human-animal bond, leading to the betterment of society. Visit www.rivma.org for more. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON Creature Comforts Veterinary Services, of Pawtucket, with owner LINDSAY THIBEAULT, D.V.M. and her veterinary assistant, SARAH MCMULLEN, stand in front of the mobile van. MOBILE VET From Page 6 LINDSAY THIBEAULT, D.V.M. examines her Italian greyhound in the onboard surgi- cal suite in her Creature Comforts van.

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