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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-07-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 THE VALLEY 7 PAWTUCKET – Dr. Lindsay Thibeault, owner of Pawtucket-based mobile veterinary practice Creature Comforts Veterinary Services, says she can't wait to get to work after being named the new president of the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association. Thibeault, a Lincoln resident, assumed her new role as head of the 200-member nonprofit organization on Jan. 1. The organization focuses on promoting animal welfare, veterinary medicine and public health in the state. A member of the RIVMA Board of Directors since 2015, Thibeault says her Creature Comforts specializes in providing high-quality small animal medicine and surgery through the mobile clinic. The practice of provid- ing mobile vet services, including surgeries, is becoming more common, she said, as it is more convenient and is known to reduce stress for both pets and their owners. Many surgeries are performed in homes. Thibeault said much of her work as president of the animal welfare organization will be to keep up with legislation impacting animals in the state, as well as advocating on behalf of small business owners in the field. The board keeps up with new laws and intervenes where possible, also running a successful annual education conference on animal welfare. While there's always room for improvement when it comes to how people look out for their furry friends, Thibeault said Rhode Island is in general "on the forefront of" laws pro- tecting animals. The state has made plenty of strides in both drafting com- mon 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 practitioner. 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 rou- tine 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. Mobile vet gets statewide role protecting animals By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON Creature Comfort Veterinary Services of Pawtucket owner LINDSAY THIBEAULT, D.V.M., and her veterinary assistant SARAH MCMULLEN in front of their mobile van, on Grotto Avenue in Pawtucket. Veterinarian LINDSAY THIBEAULT examines her Italian greyhound PETRIE in the onboard surgical suite in her Creature Comfort van. Looking to rent or for a Rental? 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