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A diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, veterinarian Dr. Timothy Fitzpatrick owns and operates ABQ Petcare Hospital in Alberquerque, New Mexico. Through Pets of the Homeless, Dr. Timothy Fitzpatrick and his vet staff provide no-cost care to pets of homeless owners through a local animal shelter.

While some may wonder why individuals struggling with homelessness choose to take on pet ownership, many studies show that these companion animals provide positive and even life-saving benefits. Multiple studies have revealed a lower risk of criminal behavior among individuals who are homeless yet own dogs, while another study showed a lower incidence of drug use in the same population. Stories have even emerged of pet owners who cite their pets as an inspiration for addiction recovery.

In surveys and interviews, homeless pet owners repeatedly refer to their animal companions as their closest friend, the only source of love in their lives, and even the reason they stay alive. Many feed their pets before they feed themselves. Some even refuse shelters that will not accept their pets, choosing personal discomfort over separation for their companion animals. Researchers and experts typically attribute this connection to the unconditional and non-judgmental love that an animal provides, a life-affirming benefit to people who may be judged, discriminated against, or even physically hurt by other humans.


avmaThe American Veterinary Medical Association, or AVMA, is an association of licensed veterinarians who are passionate about their profession. Veterinarian Timothy Fitzpatrick is a Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and a recognized specialist for the AVMA. As an AVMA recognized specialist, Timothy Fitzpatrick holds a number of qualifications required of advanced specialists.

Below are the three different kinds of memberships for the American Veterinary Medical Association and descriptions of their associative qualifications.

1. Voting Member. A voting member of the AVMA is required to have a professional degree in a veterinary medicine-related field, along with one of the following: endorsements from two other voting members of the AVMA or a membership with a veterinary organization affiliated with the state or the AVMA House of Delegates.

2. Associate Member. To qualify for an associate membership with the AVMA, applicants must have earned a degree in veterinary medicine, be a legal resident of a country other than the United States, and have a membership with a veterinary association from the applicant’s country of origin or endorsements from two voting members of AVMA.

3. Affiliate Member. Finally, affiliate members of the AVMA must be permanent residents of Canada or the United States and be involved in veterinary research or teaching veterinary medicine.

As a specialist in companion animal practice, Timothy Fitzpatrick DVM ABVP (canine/feline) is an expert that is credentialed by the AVMA.
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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.

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.

The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) is preparing to host its 18th Annual ABVP Symposium, which will be held October 31 to November 3, 2013 in Phoenix. The ABVP is inviting all of its members and supporters to attend, including veterinarian and ABVP diplomate Dr. Timothy Fitzpatrick. Having practiced as a veterinarian for more than three decades, Dr. Timothy Fitzpatrick operates ABQ Petcare Hospital in Albuquerque. As a vet, Dr. Fitzpatrick is board certified in companion animal practice, one of the few veterinarians to hold this certification in the United States and Canada.

In its 18th year, the ABVP Symposium will feature an opening reception, lectures and seminars, online proceedings, networking opportunities, and more. A few of the topics to be discussed include challenges and opportunities of evidence-based veterinary medicine, how to improve clinical decision making, and the compatibility of evidence-based medicine with alternative medicine.

Founded in 1978, the ABVP and its diplomates are dedicated to delivering high-quality veterinary services to their clients. The organization strives to advance the field of veterinary medicine through the clinical excellence displayed by its members.