NORTH SMITHFIELD – Finding healthcare has been a challenge for communities and their furry friends over the past few years, but with Slatersville Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Suzanne Scott is bringing new healthcare opportunities to North Smithfield.
The Slatersville Veterinary Clinic will open in April, or early May at the latest, according to Scott, in Slatersville Plaza where Mastery Martial Arts once lived. The clinic is conveniently located next to a pet grooming business, and Scott has known the owners for years. Although she didn’t originally seek out this location, she grabbed it as soon as she found out the previous tenant wasn’t renewing her lease, she said.
Scott and his family have been in North Smithfield for more than a decade and they live virtually around the corner from the clinic, she said. The breeze. She has three children, one in each of the schools in North Smithfield, and her husband, Josh Thibeault, is a Scout troop leader and also an involved member of the community. Although she has practiced at West Greenwich Animal Hospital for the past 15 years, she said she was looking to move her work closer to home even before the pandemic started.
“When I left West Greenwich I was either going to be my own boss or quit veterinary medicine altogether,” Scott said, adding that when it became clear his previous clinic was unable to let into the business, she knew it was time to move on to the next opportunity. She saw the need for more animal care facilities in Northern Rhode Island and wanted to shorten her commute. As her children start having more evening events again, she added, she wants the freedom to adjust her hours.
Scott characterizes his style of care with his comprehensive and compassionate diagnoses, with both client and patient in mind.
“It’s important to answer all questions and provide lots of different options,” Scott said. “Clients who follow me, it’s usually because I say, ‘We could do all these diagnostic tests and give the gold standard of care, or we could start more conservatively and take action from the. “She is careful not to pressure clients into doing something they may not be comfortable with and claims that clients know their animals better than she does.
Although Scott hopes that some of her former patients in West Greenwich will follow her to Slatersville, she understands the journey is difficult. When she left, former clients sent her away with well wishes and kind words, in person and online. A woman posted that Scott would miss her dog, which Scott said moved her.
“That’s when it really hit me,” said Scott, who she would leave behind other much-loved patients. Still, she’s excited about this new chapter and getting to know the animals in the area.
The Slatersville Veterinary Clinic will be offering wellness checks and puppy appointments, and will leave a few slots open each day for same-day appointments. Scott plans to provide care for the dogs and cats, but doesn’t usually see exotic pets. The clinic will also not be equipped for emergency appointments, but they will be able to do x-rays, blood tests, dental procedures, ultrasounds and routine surgeries.
To be added to the waiting list, call 401-363-0500 or email email@example.com. Construction and opening day updates are available on their Facebook page, Slatersville Veterinary Clinic.