Noel Fitzpatrick

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Noel Fitzpatrick
Born Martin Noel Galgani Fitzpatrick
(1967-12-13) 13 December 1967 (age 50)
Ballyfin, County Laois, Ireland
Residence Guildford, Surrey, England
Nationality Irish
Alma mater University College Dublin

Fitzpatrick Referrals

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick
Scientific career
Fields Small animal orthopaedics
Veterinary neuro-orthopaedics
Institutions Fitzpatrick Referrals
University of Surrey
University of Florida

Martin Noel Galgani Fitzpatrick[1] (born 13 December 1967)[2] is a specialist neuro-orthopaedic Irish veterinary surgeon best known for his work in small animal practice.

Originally from Ireland, he moved to Guildford, Surrey in 1993,[3] where he is director and managing clinician at Fitzpatrick Referrals, one of the largest independent veterinary referral centres in the UK,[4][dubious ] with two hospitals specialising in Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery in Eashing,[5] Surrey and one in oncology and Soft Tissue Surgery,[6] Guildford, Surrey

He is also director of the Fitzpatrick Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre, Fitzbionics biomedical engineering and FitzRegen regenerative medicine. He has developed more than 30 new techniques including several world-firsts in veterinary orthopaedics and neurosurgery.[7]

Academic career and research[edit]

Fitzpatrick obtained his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from University College, Dublin in 1990.[8]

In November 2014, he was awarded the UCD Alumni Award for veterinary medicine.[9] He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Surrey for the advancement of animal health.[10] He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine.[11] and Professor and founding member of Orthopaedics in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey.[12]

Fitzpatrick has authored dozens of peer-reviewed papers. These include the publication of a treatment algorithm for addressing elbow dysplasia[13] and reporting the outcomes and complication rates in a series of over 1000 consecutive tibial plateau levelling osteotomies.[14] 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.[citation needed]

Veterinary surgery[edit]

In 2009 he became the first veterinary surgeon to successfully apply an amputation prosthesis (PerFiTS[15]) to a cat named Oscar who had lost two feet in an accident. In 2014 Fitzpatrick received a Guinness World Record for being the first veterinary surgeon to deliver this surgery to two limbs.[16]


Fitzpatrick and his team at Fitzpatrick Referrals have been the subject of television series, including The Bionic Vet[17][18] and The Supervet.[19][20]

The Bionic Vet (2010)[edit]

The 2010 BBC documentary television series The Bionic Vet followed the work of vet Fitzpatrick and his team at Fitzpatrick Referrals. The series saw Fitzpatrick develop new methods and techniques to help pets with unique problems.[21]

The Supervet (2014–present)[edit]

Fitzpatrick and his practice became the focus of the Channel 4 television series The Supervet in 2014, which continues to run and is currently on Series 9 being broadcast April 2017.

One Medicine[edit]

Fitzpatrick has been instrumental in bringing the concept of One Medicine to the fore in the UK, a concept which is at the heart of Fitzpatrick’s mission and the cornerstone of The Humanimal Trust,[22] the charity he has founded and the first of its kind in the UK. One Medicine aims to establish a platform for the cross-pollination of expertise and ideas between veterinary and human medicine for the benefit of all living creatures.[23]

Acting career[edit]

He has starred in two episodes of ITV's Heartbeat; as vet Andrew Lawrence, first broadcast in November 2002,[24] and as sheep rustler Gabriel broadcast in January 2000.[25] He appeared in an episode of the BBC medical drama Casualty (2005),[26] around the same time he appeared in the documentary TV series Wildlife SOS, resulting in the BBC receiving complaints that the latter show included an actor who was pretending to be a vet.[27] He has appeared in the ITV series London's Burning (2001),[28] and two episodes of ITV's The Bill.[29]

Fitzpatrick's first film appearance was in horror film The Devil's Tattoo (2003).[30] He took the lead role in the film Live for the Moment (2004) in which he starred as Dr. David Fowler,[31] and starred as Inspector Beckett in the film Framed (2008).[32]


  1. ^ Registrar of Companies for England and Wales - Charge 0528 7667 0008
  2. ^ Liz Thomas (25 June 2010). "Oscar Bionic Cat Pioneering Surgery Gave TWO False Legs". London: The Daily Mail. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Harvey, Chris (29 November 2010). "The Bionic Vet: he can rebuild them". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Professor Noel Fitzpatrick - Fitzpatrick Referrals". Fitzpatrick Referrals. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  5. ^ "How to find us - Eashing Hospital - Fitzpatrick Referrals". Fitzpatrick Referrals. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  6. ^ "Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue - Guildford Hospital - Fitzpatrick Referrals". Fitzpatrick Referrals. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  7. ^ British Small Animals Veterinary Association. "BSAVA Awards 2017". Retrieved 21 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "NOEL FITZPATRICK - UCD Alumni Awards". UCD Alumni Awards. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  9. ^ "NOEL FITZPATRICK - UCD Alumni Awards". UCD Alumni Awards. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  10. ^ University of Surrey, Media Centre. "Noel Fitzpatrick awarded honorary doctorate by the university of surrey". Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  11. ^ Fitzpatrick Referrals. "Noel Fitzpatrick". Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  12. ^ School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey, UK. "Prof Noel Fitzpatrick". Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  13. ^ Fitzpatrick, Noel (February 2009). "Working Algorithm for Treatment Decision Making for Developmental Disease of the Medial Compartment of the Elbow in Dogs". Veterinary Surgery. 38 (2): 285. 
  14. ^ Fitzpatrick, Noel (March 2010). "Predictive Variables for Complications after TPLO with Stifle Inspection by Arthrotomy in 1000 Consecutive Dogs". Veterinary Surgery. 39 (4): 460–474. 
  15. ^ "Forelimb Amputation Prosthesis (PerFiTS) - Fitzpatrick Referrals". Fitzpatrick Referrals. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  16. ^ MRCVSonline. "Noel Fitzpatrick receives a Guinness World Record". Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  17. ^ The Bionic Vet at
  18. ^ The documentary series 'The Bionic Vet' at
  19. ^ The Supervet at
  20. ^ The Supervet website
  21. ^ Noel Fitzpatrick's website
  22. ^ "The Humanimal Trust". Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  23. ^ "The Humanimal Trust › Our Vision, Mission & Values". Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  24. ^ IMBd, ITV Heartbeat. "Dirty Len". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  25. ^ IMDb, ITV Heartbeat. "Weight of Evidence". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  26. ^ IMBd, BBC Casualty. "Running out of Kisses". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  27. ^ The Telegraph (29 November 2010). "Bionic Vet: he can rebuild them". Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  28. ^ IMDb, ITV London's Burning. "Episode 13.13". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  29. ^ IMDb, ITV. "The Bill". 
  30. ^ IMDb. "The Devil's Tattoo". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  31. ^ IMDb. "Live for the Moment". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  32. ^ IMDb. "Framed". 

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