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Effective Equine Care

Effective Equine CareTwo Cummings School graduates joined forces—both as business partners and life partners—to build a high-tech horse clinic in rural Massachusetts. No.Grafton, Mass.

No. Grafton, Mass. [09.29.06] When Mark Reilly (V'91) and Linda Cimetti (V'01) founded the South Shore Equine Clinic and Diagnostic Center in Plympton, Mass., last January, it was a "dream come true," Cimetti told The Boston Globe. And for horse owners in southeastern Massachusetts, it's a new opportunity to take advantage of the latest advances in equine health care.

"It's nice to be able to practice medicine in a high-quality facility," she told the Globe. "You can maintain a higher standard of care."

The hospital's features include advanced surgical suites, video monitoring in both work spaces and stalls, endoscopes for close examination of the respiratory tract and stomach, shock-wave therapy equipment that helps expedite healing from bone, tendon and ligament injuries and an "open-field" magnetic resonance imaging unit.

Reilly and Cimetti, who plan to eventually marry, met four years ago as volunteers teaching animal husbandry skills in the Dominican Republic.

Reilly, who graduated from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 1991, had spent his career treating race horses—including a Kentucky Derby winner and two Breeder's Cup champions—and also maintaining a traveling veterinary practice. He treated animals large and small at farms around Massachusetts, sometimes forced to work under inopportune conditions—including rainstorms—by virtue of being on the road, he recalled to the Globe.

Cimetti, who graduated from Tufts in 2001 and has taught large-animal gross anatomy to first-year students there, worked at the Massachusetts Equine Clinic in Uxbridge, Mass., for four years after earning her degree. She then left to join Reilly in his endeavor.

"I had been designing my equine hospital for about 10 years, getting bits and pieces of advice on what to do and what not to do," Reilly told the newspaper. "As a doctor, you can do so much more if you have a facility, and your lifestyle is better when you're not on the road all the time."

The two Tufts graduates split their time between working at the clinic and visiting patients in local barns. The arrangement, in all its facets, has proved effective thus far.

"We work pretty well together as a couple and as doctors," Reilly explained to the Globe. "We have our differences and disagreements, but we both love what we do."



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