Mark T. Reilly, D.V.M., Diplomate ABVP (Equine)
Mark T. Reilly, D.V.M, Diplomate ABVP (Equine) is originally from the South Shore area, having graduated from Abington High School. After attending the University of New Hampshire and earning a B.S. in Animal Science, he went on to Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from Tufts in 1991, Dr. Reilly set off to work on the East coast horse racing circuit with Dr. Richard Kester. He spent time working in the New York/New Jersey area and winters in southern Florida. He then moved on to work at Delaware Park with racing thoroughbreds and racing arabian horses, before landing on Cape Cod where he ultimately established a large animal ambulatory practice in 1995. After watching the racetracks in Massachusetts close in 1997, he combined his equine practice with a small animal practice, forming Mid-Cape Animal Hospital. For the next 8 years, Dr. Reilly traveled to Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, and southeastern Massachusetts for farm calls throughout most of the year. Winters were spent in Florida working on young racehorses in training, as well as on horses competing at the Wellington Equestrian Festival. After a few years of searching for a location to establish an equine hospital, construction began in the spring of 2005 in Plympton. The full-service South Shore Equine Clinic & Diagnostic Center opened its doors in January 2006.
Dr. Reilly is certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) specializing in Equine Practice. ABVP Diplomate status is granted under the approval of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, an official committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association. While other veterinary specialties focus on specific disciplines or organ systems (e.g. ophthalmology, cardiology, etc.), ABVP diplomates demonstrate excellence in all areas of specialty care of the total patient. Currently there less than 100 veterinarians that are certified Equine ABVP diplomates in the Unites States. Dr. Reilly is the only ABVP certified equine private practitioner in New England.
Dr. Reilly’s has spent the past 20 years working on competitive horses of all disciplines. His professional interests are pre-purchase evaluations, lameness/poor performance issues (feet/shoeing, cardiac issues, joint injuries, airway endoscopy, IRAP), reproduction (artificial insemination—fresh cooled and frozen semen, reproductive tract evaluations, and pregnancy/pre-natal issues), LASER surgery, respiratory disease, diagnostic imaging (x-rays, gastroscopy, ultrasonography, MRI), preventative health care, and internal medicine. He has been president of the Cape Cod Veterinary Medical Association, as well as chairman of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association Large Animal Committee. In addition, Dr. Reilly served many years on the AAEP Membership Development Committee.
Dr. Reilly has presented numerous papers at many of the annual international conventions for equine practitioners (AAEP). He has spoken on medical and surgical techniques, as well as business principles and associates in veterinary practice. For many year, Dr. Reilly was a lecturer at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in the anatomy department where he lectured on the hoof and lead live horse anatomy laboratories. At the South Shore Equine Clinic, he enjoys participating in the annual horse owner lecture series. When not spending time with his wife and two children, Dr. Reilly can be found on the beach or at any number of Boston sports venues cheering on his teams.
Linda J. Cimetti, D.V.M., C.V.A.
Linda J. Cimetti, DVM, C.V.A., is from the South Shore town of Scituate, MA. She graduated high school from Thayer Academy in Braintree and went onto earn a B.S in Biology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). While at WPI she was an assistant investigator in her major qualifying research that developed bench top methods of measuring airway reactivity in cats using a non-invasive method of whole body plethysmography. This technology has since been adapted and applied for use in other species, including horses. After college and during her first 2 years in veterinary school, Dr. Cimetti worked as an intern at the Genetics Institute in the Bone, Biology and Applications group. Her focus was in preclinical orthopedic research, investigating bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) and its role in osteoporosis and fracture healing. She also investigated the effects of nicotine and glucocorticoids on BMP-2 stimulated bone development. Dr. Cimetti graduated from Tufts University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2001.
After graduation, Dr. Cimetti worked for a performance horse practice for four years focusing on preventative health, lameness and diagnostics, before joining Dr. Reilly in the spring of 2005. Between 2001 – 2011, Dr. Cimetti was a clinical instructor at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine teaching Large Animal Gross Anatomy to first year veterinary students. She also participated in numerous hands-on training labs for first, third and fourth year veterinary students during this time.
In 2011 Dr. Cimetti completed her certification in Equine Acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida. After 2 years of intensive study, she successfully incorporated eastern medicine into her veterinary practice. Following completion of her certification, in 2011, she took the first equine only veterinary spinal manipulation course at the Pasteur Equine Learning Institute in Ocala, Florida. Here she mastered equine spinal manipulation (chiropractic) therapy which complements the acupuncture therapy in managing her equine patients. She continued to teach the anatomy lectures and gross dissection laboratories for this veterinarian only course for the following 3 years. In 2014, she joined the Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute (IVMI) staff and continues to teach equine anatomy lectures and laboratories for their equine spinal manipulation therapy course.
In 2001 Dr. Cimetti became involved in Project Samana, an outreach program of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) to provide medical and surgical services to the horse and mule population of Samana, Dominican Republic, the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. For 10 years she annually traveled to Samana and volunteered her time, knowledge and supplies. She has dewormed, castrated and tended to the needs of hundreds of animals as well as helped educate local veterinarians and horse owners as to the proper care and use of their animals. She also contributes to horses in need on a local level, working with horse rescues and the MSPCA on an as needed basis.
Dr. Cimetti has given numerous talks to local and national equine groups (including pony clubs, 4-H and discipline and breed-specific groups); as well as presented at American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in Denver on managing lower limb infections using a regional limb antibiotic perfusion technique. She has had advanced training in dentistry, ophthalmology, lameness diagnostics (Ultrasonography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Nuclear Scintigraphy), equine acupuncture and spinal manipulation. She has developed and oversees the MRI service at South Shore Equine Clinic, utilizing one of only 21 standing units in the country.
Her professional interests include lameness diagnosis, diagnostic imaging (Ultrasound, MRI), acupuncture therapy, spinal manipulation, podiatry, ophthalmology, and dentistry. In her free time she enjoys running, skiing, reading, going to the beach, gardening and spending time with her family and dogs.
Sarah J. Lawson, D.V.M.
Sarah J. Lawson, D.V.M., grew up on a hobby farm in Middlebury, VT. She convinced her parents to take her to riding lessons when she was six years old and the rest is history. Sarah graduated from UVM in 2015 with a B.S. in Animal Science and then took two years off, working as a wrangler in Grant, CO for a summer then at SmartPak in Plymouth, MA. Sarah graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island Atlantic Veterinary College in 2021 where she began the process to become certified in veterinary acupuncture. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys baking, painting and attempting to keep her garden alive.