Cumberland Animal Clinic

216 Greely Road
Cumberland, ME 04021


Our Doctors

Thomas E. Netland, VMD - "Dr. Tom" grew up in Orono, Maine. He graduated from Orono High School in 1976, and then went on to Purdue University for two years in the pre-veterinary curriculum. He returned to Orono and attended the University of Maine. He graduated in 1980 with a B.A. in Zoology. He then attended Veterinary School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his VMD in 1984. He met his wife Lauren at "Penn" and they were married, also in 1984. After working in Philadelphia for one year, the Netlands' returned to Maine to practice small animal medicine. Dr. Tom worked for one year at the Mann Memorial Clinic in Arundel. In 1987 both he and "Dr. Lauren" joined Dr. Gerald Nelson at the Cumberland Animal Clinic. In 1994 they purchased the practice and moved into the adjoining residence. They have four children. Dr. Tom enjoys both medicine and surgery. He greatly enjoys and values the many long term relationships he has formed with his clients and patients. Outside of work, Dr. Tom enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, fishing, biking, traveling and cooking.


Lauren K. Netland, VMD -Dr. Netland grew up in a small town in southern New Jersey. She got her undergraduate degree in Animal Bioscience from The Pennsylvania State University in 1981 and then her veterinary doctorate from The University of Pennsylvania in 1985. Upon graduation she came to southern Maine along with her husband, Dr. Thomas Netland, to practice companion animal medicine and surgery. In 1987 she joined her husband in practice at the Cumberland Animal Clinic and then purchased the practice in 1994 when the previous owner, Dr. Gerald Nelson, retired. She enjoys providing high quality compassionate care to her patients and values her time with her family and in the garden. She is a member of the AVMA, MVMA and PVMA.


Lourdes Benito, DVM Joined us in 2006. - Dr. Benito was born and raised in Woodside (Queens), New York. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian when she was 11 years old. She started volunteering in a small animal hospital when she was in high school and was thrilled to get a paid position at age 16 as a switchboard operator at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. She continued to volunteer to maintain her contact with the animals. Dr. Benito attended Rutgers University, Cook College in New Brunswick, New Jersey; graduating with a B.S. in Animal Science. After graduation, she worked for 2 years as a Laboratory Animal Technician at the Rockefeller University in New York City. Dr. Benito received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1991 from the Ohio State University and worked in small animal practice in Columbus, Ohio for 15 years. In June 2006, she and her "Native Mainer" husband, Dennis, moved to Cumberland with their three children, Cristina, Alexander and Benjamin.


Julia Lucas, DVM joined us in 2014. – Dr. Lucas graduated from Veterinary College at Murdoch University in Perth Australia in 1993.  Her first love and passion is patient care, Dr. Lucas says, “My favorite part of any day is a wagging tail or contented purr heading out of the clinic door.”

Dr. Lucas has Masters and PhD degrees, researching cancer in animals.  She also has published numerous scientific papers and presented her work at national and international conferences.  Her research has been recognized by her peers, being awarded the American College of Veterinary Pathologists Young Investigator award in 2006 and 2007.  She is also a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, which supports her interests in oncology, dermatology and endocrinology.

She has lived throughout Australia and the United States, as well as traveled extensively in Asia, the Pacific and North America.  However, with a growing family of 4 kids, 3 cats, 2 dogs a half dozen chickens and an ever changing assortment of little critters, she and her husband started looking for a place to settle down.  They were lured by Maine’s natural beauty and laid back lifestyle to the Portland area in 2010.  Dr. Lucas says, “I love the seasons in New England, our family spends so much time outdoors.  We canoe and hike in the fall and spring, sled and snowshoe in the winter and swim or surf in the summer.”


David Moody D.V.M., Ph. D. joined us in 2015 - Dr. Moody graduated from Greely High School in 2000then attended St. Michael’s College receiving a B.S. in Biology in 2004. Although he was a pre-veterinary major at Saint Michaels, he began working in a plant research lab which led him to complete a M.S. in soil science at The Pennsylvania State University followed by a Ph.D. in Horticulture (plant biochemistry focus) at Cornell University. After nearly a decade of plant related work, Dr. Moody decided to pursue his true passion of caring for animals and earned his DVM from Cornell University in 2015. Dr. Moody enjoys surgery, dentistry, and has a particular interest in orthopedic disease and food/environmental allergies. His favorite part of being a veterinarian is meeting and interacting with clients and their pets. He is an avid fly fisherman and enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife and their two dogs, Brown and Haywood. The Moody’s also have a very friendly orange tabby cat named Carrot.