Archives for the month of: November, 2013

Timothy Fitzpatrick, a veterinarian at ABQ Petcare Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, holds a doctor of veterinary medicine from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Qualified to treat a wide range of animals, Timothy Fitzpatrick maintains status as one of only a few hundred veterinarian professionals to have earned the distinction of Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) prepares students for futures as vets and as leaders of other fields related to animal health and well-being. Established in 1894, CVM is one of just 28 collegiate veterinary programs in the country and one of three in the Northeast. The school has ranked as the top veterinary school in the United States by US News & World Report for 13 consecutive years.

Currently, 360 students are enrolled in the doctor of veterinary medicine program, with an additional 122 individuals working toward a master of science or doctor of philosophy. To supplement its curriculum for these students, CVM maintains a number of strategic partnerships with organizations like the Animal Health Diagnostic Center, the Baker Institute for Animal Health, and the Feline Health Center.

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Timothy Fitzpatrick, veterinarian and the owner of ABQ Petcare Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, leads a team of helpful, committed veterinary professionals in providing medical care to dogs, cats, and small animals. Timothy Fitzpatrick belongs to the American Veterinary Medical Association and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Vaccination proves the most effective means of preventing a cat from acquiring panleukopenia, which is also known as feline distemper. Typically administered as a nasal spray or injection of dead or modified live virus, the feline distemper shot guards against the highly contagious and potentially fatal disease. Because of the common nature of the virus, to which most cats will ultimately be exposed during their lives, veterinarians recommend vaccinations every one to three years depending on risk factors such as region and whether the cat lives primarily indoors or outside.

The virus that causes feline distemper lives in just about every part of the United States and can survive up to one year at room temperature. The infection is transmitted via inhalation or consumption of the virus, which may be shed in large amounts from mucus, saliva, vomit, and feces of infected cats. Symptoms generally include swelling of the lymph nodes, and the disease quickly progresses to the bone marrow, where it destroys the body’s ability to make white blood cells. Without these vital components of the immune system in play, feline distemper overtakes the body’s systems.