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Dr. Francis Arsenault

Medical Director

I was brought up on a dairy farm and decided early to become a veterinarian, actually in grade 8. I quickly gravitated to small animals as I saw the great opportunity to be able to have much more impact in helping many more animals. I graduated in 1975 from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. Upon graduation, wanting to return to my home town in New Brunswick, I accepted a position at RAH. Two years later, I became a partner and I'm still there. Over the years I've had a broad-based interest in all aspects of a small animal clinic. However over the years, I've gravitated towards surgery and today, orthopedics takes up over 50% of my time. My first pet was actually a one-ton Holstein bull named Rocky.

My favourite thing about the clinic is the incredible team I work with at RAH. It is so awesome to see what has been achieved, especially in the past few years at RAH. Growing three clinics all at once and by the same dedicated and passionate staff, being a regular clinic, servicing over 20 referral clinics and providing 24/7 emergency care to a large regional area and beyond. We are all very proud of the dedication and hard work of our team. It takes a large team from strong management, veterinarians, technicians, reception and animal attendants. We are not done yet! Fun fact about myself is I'm one of those CrossFit people and loving it.


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Riverview Animal Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, Riverview Animal Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. We have initiated a Closed-Door Policy, we have locked our front doors. Please call 506.387.4015 when you arrive for your appointment. We will meet you outside to get your pet. The exam will take place in our hospital with your scheduled Doctor with communication via telephone. In addition, we are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. You can also place an order through our Online Store by visiting our website.


- If possible, please call us at 506.387.4015 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 506.387.4015, and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.


We will no longer have suggested appointment times for urgent care situations.

  • Please continue to call ahead to let us know that your pet is having an emergency and that you are on your way.
  • For our emergency hospital - evenings and weekends will be walk in only. Your pet will be triaged by a Veterinary technician, who will determine the level of care that is needed for your pet. Critical patients will be our top priority, and will be seen first.
  • This will increase wait times for patients that are triaged as non-urgent.
  • Thank you in advance for your understanding.


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