Noel Fitzpatrick

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Noel Fitzpatick (born 1967[1]) is a pioneering Irish neuro-orthopaedic veterinary surgeon. He currently operates a veterinary referral center of some 100 employees, called Fitzpatrick Referrals, in Eashing, Surrey, England.[2][3][4] In 2009 he became the first surgeon in the world to successfully apply a cutting edge amputation prosthesis to a cat named Oscar from Jersey who had lost both its feet in an accident with a combine harvester.[5]


Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, originally from Laois, Ireland, obtained his Batchelor of Veterinary Medicine from University College Dublin in 1990. Following scholarships at The University of Pennsylvania and The University of Ghent, he went on to complete the RCVS Certificates in small animal orthopaedics and radiology prior to founding Fitzpatrick Referrals in 1997. In 2013 Noel was awarded the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Orthopaedics and the ACVSMR Diploma in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Papers include the publication of a treatment algorithm for addressing elbow dysplasia and reporting the outcomes and complication rates in a series of over 1000 consecutive tibial plateau levelling osteotomies.[6] He has devised, tested and implemented more than twenty new procedures and implant systems in the past decade. These include new joint resurfacing and replacement technologies, techniques for growth deformity correction, limb amputation endo- and exo-prosthetics for limb salvage, metallic-tendon in-growth and fracture repair systems and implants for spinal fusion and disc replacement.

Noel is director of Fitzbionics, a company created to conceive, design, develop, manufacture, test and implement new implants for the alleviation of pain and suffering in animals. Implants are custom made by a group of dedicated researchers and bio-engineers for specific patients in need of a solution that doesn’t exist elsewhere.

He starred as vet Andrew Lawrence in ITV's Heartbeat (series 12, part 7) which was first broadcast in the UK on 24th November 2002.


Fitzpatrick, N., Sajik, D., Farrell, M. (2013) Feline pantarsal arthrodesis using pre-contoured dorsal plates applied according to the principles of percutaneousplate arthrodesis. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology. IN PRESS

Fitzpatrick, N., Caron, A., Solano, M. A. (2013), Bi-Oblique Dynamic Proximal Ulnar Osteotomy in Dogs: Reconstructed Computed Tomographic Assessment of Radioulnar Congruence over 12 weeks. Veterinary Surgery. IN PRESS

Bertran, J., Farrell, M. and Fitzpatrick, N. (2013), Successful wound healing over exposed metal implants using vacuum-assisted wound closure in a dog. Journal of Small Animal Practice.IN PRESS

Farrell, M. and Fitzpatrick, N. (2013), Patellar ligament-bone autograft for reconstruction of a distal patellar ligament defect in a dog. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 54: 269–274

Burton, N. J., Fitzpatrick, N., Wallace, A. M. (2013), Evaluation of Cut Accuracy and Cis Cortical Damage for Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy Performed with and without Aid of a Novel Saw Guide: An In Vitro Study. Veterinary Surgery, 42: 28–37

Danielski, A., Bertran, J., Fitzpatrick, N. (2013) Management of degenerative lumbosacral disease in cats by dorsal laminectomy and lumbosacral stabilization. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology. 26:69-7

Cuddy, L. C., Lewis, D. D., Kim, S. E., Conrad, B. P., Banks, S. A., Horodyski, M., Fitzpatrick, N., Pozzi, A. (2012), Ex vivo Contact Mechanics and Three-Dimensional Alignment of Normal Dog Elbows after Proximal Ulnar Rotational Osteotomy. Veterinary Surgery, 41: 905–914

Cuddy, L.C., Lewis, D.D., Kim, S.E., Conrad, B.P., Banks, S.A., Horodyski, M., Fitzpatrick, N., Pozzi, A. (2012) Contact mechanics and three-dimensional alignment of normal dog elbows. Veterinary Surgery. 41:818-2

Fitzpatrick, N., Yeadon, R., Smith, T. J., Johnson, J., Baltzer, W. I., Amils, R., Farrell, M., Frost, A. and Holsworth, I. G. (2012) Shoulder Arthrodesis in 14 Dogs. Veterinary Surgery, 41: 745–754

Fitzpatrick N, Yeadon R, Farrell M. (2013) Surgical management of radial head luxation in a dog using an external skeletal traction device. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology. 26:140-6.

Belch, A., Fitzpatrick, N. Farrell, M. (2012) Stifle Arthrodesis in two Cats. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 5: 421-426. Ash, K., Rosselli, D., Danielski, A., Farrell, M., Hamilton, M., Fitzpatrick, N. (2012) Correction of craniodorsal coxofemoral luxation in cats and small breed dogs using a modified Knowles technique with the braided polyblend TightRope™ systems. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 1: 54-60.

Fitzpatrick, N., Yeadon, Y., van Terheijden, C., Smith T., (2012) Osteochondral autograft transfer for the treatment of osteochondritis dissecans of the medial femoral condyle in dogs. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 1: 135-143.

Silva, H. R., Clements, D., Yeadon, R., Fitzpatrick, N., (2012) Linear-circular external skeletal fixation of intra-condylar humeral fractures with supracondylar comminution in four cats. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 1: 61-66.

Fitzpatrick, N., Nikolaou, C., Yeadon, R. and Hamilton, M. (2012) String-Of-Pearls Locking Plate and Cerclage Wire Stabilization of Periprosthetic Femoral Fractures after Total Hip Replacement in Six Dogs. Veterinary Surgery, 41: 180–188.

Fitzpatrick, N., Bielecki, M., Yeadon, R. and Hamilton, M. (2012) Total Hip Replacement with Dorsal Acetabular Rim Augmentation Using the SOPTM Implant and Polymethylmethacrylate Cement in Seven Dogs with Dorsal Acetabular Rim Deficiency. Veterinary Surgery, 41: 168–179.

Fitzpatrick, N., Pratola, L., Yeadon, R., Nikolaou, C., Hamilton, M. and Farrell, M. (2012) Total Hip Replacement after Failed Femoral Head and Neck Excision in Two Dogs and Two Cats. Veterinary Surgery, 41: 136–142.

Fitzpatrick, N., Smith, T. J., Pendegrass, C. J., Yeadon, R., Ring, M., Goodship, A. E. and Blunn, G. W. (2011) Intraosseous Transcutaneous Amputation Prosthesis (ITAP) for Limb Salvage in 4 Dogs. Veterinary Surgery, 40: 909–925.

Fitzpatrick N, Nikolaou C, Farrell M, Perry K, Girling S, Smith T, Yeadon R (2011) The double arch modified type 1b external skeletal fixator: technique description and functional outcome for surgical management of canine antebrachial growth deformities. Veterinary Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 5: 374-382.

Fitzpatrick, N., Riordan, J. O., Smith, T. J., Modlinska, J. H., Tucker, R. and Yeadon, R. (2011), Combined Intramedullary and External Skeletal Fixation of Metatarsal and Metacarpal Fractures in 12 Dogs and 19 Cats. Veterinary Surgery, 40: 1015–1022.

Fitzpatrick, N., Van Terheijden, C., Yeadon, R. and Smith, T. J. (2010), Osteochondral Autograft Transfer for Treatment of Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Caudocentral Humeral Head in Dogs. Veterinary Surgery, 39: 925–935.

Perry K, Fitzpatrick N, Johnson J, Yeadon R (2010) Headless Self-Compressing Cannulated Screw Fixation for Treatment of Radial Carpal Bone Fracture/Fissure in dogs. Veterinary Comparative Orthopedics and Traumatology, 2: 94-101.

Fitzpatrick, N. and Solano, M. A. (2010), Predictive Variables for Complications after TPLO with Stifle Inspection by Arthrotomy in 1000 Consecutive Dogs. Veterinary Surgery, 39: 460–474.

Fitzpatrick, N., Johnson, J., Hayashi, K., Girling, S. and Yeadon, R. (2010), Tibial Plateau Leveling and Medial Opening Crescentic Osteotomy for Treatment of Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture in Dogs with Tibia Vara. Veterinary Surgery, 39: 444–453.

Burton NJ, Perry MJ, Fitzpatrick N, Owen MR: Comparison of bone mineral density in medial coronoid processes of dogs with and without medial coronoid process fragmentation. AJVR (71) 1: January 2010.

Fitzpatrick, N. and Yeadon, R. (2009), Working Algorithm for Treatment Decision Making for Developmental Disease of the Medial Compartment of the Elbow in Dogs. Veterinary Surgery, 38: 285–300.

Fitzpatrick, N., Yeadon, R., Smith, T. and Schulz, K. (2009), Techniques of Application and Initial Clinical Experience with Sliding Humeral Osteotomy for Treatment of Medial Compartment Disease of the Canine Elbow. Veterinary Surgery, 38: 261–278.

Smith TJ, Fitzpatrick N. (2009) Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy in an alpaca. Veterinary Comparative Orthopedics and Traumatology, 4: 332-335. Fitzpatrick, N., Smith, T. J., Evans, R. B., O’Riordan, J. and Yeadon, R. (2009), Subtotal Coronoid Ostectomy for Treatment of Medial Coronoid Disease in 263 Dogs. Veterinary Surgery, 38: 233–245.

Fitzpatrick, N., Smith, T. J., Evans, R. B. and Yeadon, R. (2009), Radiographic and Arthroscopic Findings in the Elbow Joints of 263 Dogs with Medial Coronoid Disease. Veterinary Surgery, 38: 213–223.

Fitzpatrick, N., Yeadon, R. and Smith, T. J. (2009), Early Clinical Experience with Osteochondral Autograft Transfer for Treatment of Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Medial Humeral Condyle in Dogs. Veterinary Surgery, 38: 246–260.

Smith, T. J., Fitzpatrick, N., Evans, R. B. and Pead, M. J. (2009), Measurement of Ulnar Subtrochlear Sclerosis Using a Percentage Scale in Labrador Retrievers with Minimal Radiographic Signs of Periarticular Osteophytosis. Veterinary Surgery, 38: 199–208.

Fitzpatrick, N., Smith, T. J., O’Riordan, J. and Yeadon, R. (2009), Treatment of Incomplete Ossification of the Humeral Condyle with Autogenous Bone Grafting Techniques. Veterinary Surgery, 38: 173–184.

Smith TJ, Fitzpatrick N (2009): Surgical removal of a microchip from a puppy's spinal canal. Veterinary Comparative Orthopedics and Traumatology 22(1): 63-65.

Fitzpatrick N, Lewis D, Cross A (2008): A biomechanical comparison of external skeletal fixation and plating for the stabilization of ilial osteotomies in dogs. Veterinary Comparative Orthopedics and Traumatology 21(4): 349-357.

Clements DN, Fitzpatrick N, Carter SD, Day PJ (2009): Cartilage gene expression correlates with radiographic severity of canine elbow osteoarthritis. Veterinary Journal 179(2):211-218.

Kirkby KA, Lewis DD, Lafuente MP, Radasch RM, Fitzpatrick N, Farese JP, Wheeler JL, Hernandez JA (2008): Management of humeral and femoral fractures in dogs and cats with linear- circular hybrid external skeletal fixators. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 44(4): 180-197.

Fitzpatrick N and Yeadon R (2008): Algorithm for treatment of developmental diseases of the medial elbow in dogs. Irish Veterinary Journal 61(6): 398-401.

Innes J, Pettitt R, Comerford E, Fitzpatrick N (2007) Total knee replacement for dogs (Letter to the editor). Veterinary Record 160(9): 312.

Danielson, K. C., Fitzpatrick, N., Muir, P.,Manley, P. A. (2006), Histomorphometry of Fragmented Medial Coronoid Process in Dogs: A Comparison of Affected and Normal Coronoid Processes. Veterinary Surgery, 35: 501–509.


  1. ^ Liz Thomas (June 25, 2010). "Oscar Bionic Cat Pioneering Surgery Gave TWO False Legs". London: The Daily Mail. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Give a Cat Two New Feet - Done!". BBC. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ Wollaston, Sam (July 1, 2010). "TV review: The Bionic Vet and Reunited". London: The Guardian. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "World's First Operation For Roly The Dog". Sky News. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Bionic Vet". BBC. 
  6. ^ Fitzpatrick, N; Solano, MA (June 2010). "Predictive variables for complications after TPLO with stifle inspection by arthrotomy in 1000 consecutive dogs.". Veterinary surgery : VS 39 (4): 460–74. doi:10.1111/j.1532-950X.2010.00663.x. PMID 20345526.