Dr Bridget Fitzpatrick has over 7 years experience in small animal clinical practice, treating dogs, cats and exotic animals. Her love of animals and exotics started in her youth, raising chickens for a petting farm and rearing cockatiels and lovebirds.
After completing undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland in her home state, Dr. Fitzpatrick earned a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University of Alabama. Her training has involved working with the United States Department of Agriculsture (USDA), researching poultry viruses, and the International Crane Foundation, caring for endangered species. Dr. Fitzpatrick's journey has included clinical practice in Pennsylvania and Worcester and Lunenburg, Massachusetts. Her sense of adventure led her to Beijing, China consulting at the International Center for Veterinary Medicine.
Currently Dr. Fitzpatrick's medical interests are canine and feline internal medicine, with special focus on cat and exotic animal medicine and surgery. Her patients range from dogs and cats to birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hedgehogs, rodents, and reptiles.
Her practice philosophy is to thoroughly evaluate each patient, clearly communicate with owners, and advocate for the best care of each patient. She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV). Dr. Fitzpatrick is USDA accredited to complete pet travel health certificates for interstate and international travel.
In her spare time, Dr. Fitzpatrick continues to develop her Mandarin Chinese and dance skills while taking care of her tortoiseshell cat and senior cockatiels. She assists with the veterinary needs at Fitchburg State University and enjoys volunteering in the community, especially encouraging younger generation's veterinary interest.
An adventurer at heart, Dr. Fitzpatrick has recently returned from a family trip to Italy. She is excited to join Central Animal Hospital's veterinary team and looks forward to meeting you and your pets.