VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center

Nicholas Hopkins, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, Washington State University


Dr. Hopkins has lived in Albuquerque most of his life. He started volunteering at the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico when he was 15 and continued to work there throughout his undergraduate studies. He attended Sandia High School and earned his B.S. degree in Animal Sciences at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Dr. Hopkins graduated from the veterinary college at Washington State University in 2004.

After graduating from WSU, Dr. Hopkins returned to Albuquerque and worked as an emergency clinician on the Westside. He joined the staff at VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital & Referral Center in 2009 and his practice is limited to dogs and cats.

Dr. Hopkins lives in the Northeast Heights with his wife, Lisa. They have three dogs, Stella, Esther and Tanner (two mutts and a Sheltie). Samir and Chala are their two cats. In his spare time, Dr. Hopkins enjoys camping, hiking and fencing. He also enjoys watching movies.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

Emergency Care  24/7

VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital & Referral Center
9901 Montgomery NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
505 296-2982

In Case of Emergency......

1.  Remain Calm.
2.  Call Your Family Veterinarian First. If they are unavailable, call us at 505 296-2982.
3.  Tell us the nature of the problem. We will give you instructions on how to handle  your pet while enroute and give you directions to our hospital.

What is an Emergency?

Difficulty breathing
Unstoppable bleeding
Major trauma or injury
Inability to urinate or defecate
Bloated or distended abdomen
Allergic reactions
Loss of balance, unconsciousness, or seizure
Eye injuries
Inability to deliver puppies or kittens

Our ER Service is open 24/7 so we're here when you need us!