Our Veterinarians

Dr. Ahmad Shah
Hospital Administrator
Dr. Ahmad was raised on a farm in Pakistan, where he grew up around sheep, water buffalos, cows, greyhounds, and even Arabian horses. His connection with animals at an early age made a permanent impression—he’s always known that he wanted to become a veterinarian! Now, he’s been practicing animal medicine as a licensed veterinarian for over 30 years.

After high school, Dr. Shah enrolled in pre-veterinary courses in Lahore, Pakistan before attending veterinary school to earn his doctor’s certifications. He moved to the United States in the early 1980s, attending the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to complete an internship, before launching his professional veterinary career in Pennsylvania. Dr. Shah moved to Maryland in 1999, and has been helping the pets and animal parents of the area ever since—he’s served with another local animal hospital since 2003 and is thrilled to now also help pets at Marriottsville Animal Hospital!

Outside of his interests in veterinary medicine, Dr. Shah is an avid photographer and loves to take shots with his collection of professional Nikon lenses. He also enjoys art, studying American history, and traveling. Dr. Shah and his wife have three wonderful children: their son is a fourth-year medical student; their daughter Danya graduated from Notre Dame of Maryland University and currently works in the veterinary field at another nearby hospital; and their daughter Areebah works right here at Marriottsville Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant. He has two hospital companions named Simba and Emmitt who are adored by staff and clients.
Dr. Timothy L. Pinkham
Attending Veterinarian
Dr. Pinkham is a Maryland native having grown up in a loving military family. Dr. Pinkham has had a passion for science and nature ever since he can remember. Dr. Pinkham’s journey working in animal care began at a local pet store, where he had the privilege to showcase his ability to connect with owners and their pet families. During one of his client interactions he had the opportunity to meet a local veterinarian who offered the wonderful opportunity to work at a veterinary hospital. It was that opportunity that allowed Dr. Pinkham to make up his mind and pursue veterinary medicine as a career. It was a difficult road to becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Pinkham is no stranger to hard work, having enrolled in classes while working several jobs to support his dream path. He attended Anne Arundel Community College before enrolling at University of Maryland College Park animal science’s program.

Dr. Pinkham worked at many veterinary clinics/hospitals in the area as a senior technician and during his studies additionally worked for University of Maryland Central Animal Resource Facility where he provided assistance for the care/welfare of bats and various species of animals/creatures. Dr. Pinkham loved the opportunity to explore further opportunities in the field of veterinary medicine. He further expanded his knowledge base and credentials by becoming a certified technician in laboratory animal medicine.

Dr. Pinkham’s hard work and perseverance has allowed him to be one of only a few who has been able to obtain early matriculation into veterinary school. He had the incredible opportunity to attend and graduate veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on St. Kitts. His studies had strong emphasis in mixed animal medicine. During his time at Ross he pursued additional education in veterinary dentistry through University of Illinois small animal clinical dentistry modules. Back stateside Dr. Pinkham completed his clinical rotation at Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Currently Dr. Pinkham is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, regularly attends wide variety of continuing education, including an active participate of the recover initiative for basic and advanced life support a certified program by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care through Cornell University.

Dr. Pinkham joined Marriottsville Animal Hospital in 2015 and has been serving the owners and pet families ever since. Dr. Pinkham loves everything veterinary but has special interests in the areas of anesthesiology, dermatology, and immunology. He is patient and thorough in medicine/surgery and will never forget to treat the patient and not just treat the disease.

Despite a full schedule Dr. Pinkham enjoys sports, the occasional outdoors/adventure, loves music (plays several instruments). He is an aquarium hobbyist, enjoying nature at home and abroad. He keeps many fresh water salt water fish. He has a bearded dragon named Mclizarton and a cat/dog named Smurffles, who he rescued on the island of St. Kitts during his studies in veterinary school.

Dr. Pinkham loves his career and is shown through the care he provides his patients and clients. Dr. Pinkham is familiar with all creatures great and small and is happy to advocate on behalf of any client and pet that needs help. Dr. Pinkham is truly blessed with all the experiences in his life and is thankful that his dream of practicing veterinary medicine is a reality. Dr. Pinkham truly looks forward to seeing you at your next visit!
Dr. Matthew Paek
Hospital Veterinary Imaging Consultant
A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology, Dr. Matthew Paek is a board-certified veterinary radiologist and veterinarian. As a member of the Synergy Veterinary Imaging Partners team, he’s thrilled to lend his skillset to the Marriottsville Animal Hospital family in order to better the lives of pets every day.

Dr. Paek is originally from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area and received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University. He earned his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, and then completed a year-long rotating internship in medicine and surgery at a large practice in New Jersey. Next, Dr. Paek returned to the University of Pennsylvania for a three-year residency, completing his board certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology during that time.

Dr. Paek enjoys all aspects of diagnostic imaging, including radiology, contrast studies, computed tomography (CT), ultrasound scanning, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Medically, he’s interested in advanced imaging of musculoskeletal injuries, oncological conditions, and central nervous system disorders. Dr. Paek is the proud author of a number of scientific articles and textbook chapters, and he’s presented at continuing education conferences regionally and around the country.

In his free time, Dr. Paek can be found enjoying quality time with his family, traveling, grilling, and cheering on his favorite Philadelphia sports teams.