North Smithfield's Scott Marshall named R.I. Veterinarian of the Year

North Smithfield's Scott Marshall named R.I. Veterinarian of the Year

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island State Veterinarian Scott Marshall has been named Veterinarian of the Year by the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association. Marshall, who works in the Department of Environmental Management's Division of Agriculture, was presented with the award at RIVMA's annual meeting last week at the Hyatt Regency in Newport.

RIVMA established the Veterinarian of the Year Award in 2006. The organization's board of directors reviewed the nominations and selected Marshall, who was nominated by Jane Linden, DVM, and unanimously endorsed by the RIVMA board of directors for his "meritorious service" to the public and the veterinary and animal welfare communities.

"His office has been tremendously proactive in alerting the community to health risks or concerns related to animal welfare," said outgoing RIVMA President Honorata Lenk when presenting the award. "He is an ambassador to our farmers, our shelters, our veterinary members, legislators and the public at large. Dr. Marshall spearheaded the R.I. Disaster Animal Response Team and has personally served side by side with volunteers in two area storms and a flood."

A resident of North Smithfield, Marshall has served as the Rhode Island State Veterinarian since January 2007. He oversees the Division of Agriculture's Animal Health unit, whose mission it is to ensure the health of Rhode Island animals, ensure public health, and promote agriculture. Under Marshall's leadership during the past seven years, DEM has updated regulations related to the importation of animals, rabies prevention and control, and the importation and possession of exotic wild animals, and has served to facilitate the growth and viability of various animal-related segments of the state's agricultural economy. He is a member of numerous advisory boards including Livestock Welfare and the Organics Advisory Board, and serves as president of the Rabies Control Board.