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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.
Learn more about how to join AVMA and specialty status requirements at