Noel Fitzpatrick

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Noel Fitzpatrick
Born Martin Noel Galgani Fitzpatrick
(1967-12-13) 13 December 1967 (age 49)
Ballyfin, County Laois, Ireland
Residence Guildford, Surrey, England
Nationality Irish
Fields Small animal orthopaedics
Veterinary neuro-orthopaedics
Institutions Fitzpatrick Referrals
University of Surrey
University of Florida
Alma mater University College Dublin

Fitzpatrick Referrals

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick

Martin Noel Galgani Fitzpatrick[1] (born 13 December 1967)[2] is an Irish veterinary surgeon. He is best known for his pioneering work in small animal orthopaedics, with multiple appearances on UK television.

Originally from Ireland, he moved to Guildford, Surrey in 1993,[3] where he is currently the managing director of Fitzpatrick Referrals, a veterinary hospital in Eashing, Surrey.

Academic achievements[edit]

Fitzpatrick obtained his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from University College, Dublin in 1990.[citation needed]. In November 2014 he was awarded the UCD Alumni Award for veterinary medicine in recognition of his pioneering work. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Surrey for the advancement of animal health.[4] He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine.[5] and Professor and founding member of Orthopaedics in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey.[6]

He holds a London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) qualification.

Private practice[edit]

His private referral practice is Fitzpatrick Referrals, in Eashing, Surrey. It was opened in 2008 and focuses on small animal neurology and orthopaedics.[7] It expanded in 2014, when an oncology service opened.[8] The practice was the filming location of the BBC television documentary The Bionic Vet (2010) and the Channel 4 series The Supervet, as well as several others.

Acting career[edit]

He has starred in two episodes of ITV's Heartbeat; as vet Andrew Lawrence, first broadcast in November 2002[9] and as sheep rustler Gabriel broadcast in January 2000.[10] He appeared in an episode of the BBC medical drama Casualty (2005),[11] around the same time he appeared in the documentary TV series Wildlife SOS, causing the BBC to receive complaints that the latter show included an actor who was pretending to be a vet.[12] He has appeared in ITV series London's Burning (2001),[13] and two episodes of ITV's The Bill.[14]

Fitzpatrick's first film appearance was in horror film The Devil's Tattoo (2003).[15] He took the lead role in the film Live for the Moment (2004) in which he starred as Dr David Fowler,[16] and starred as Inspector Beckett in the film Framed (2008).[17]

The Bionic Vet (2010)[edit]

Main article: The Bionic Vet

The 2010 BBC documentary television series The Bionic Vet followed the work of vet Noel Fitzpatrick and his team at Fitzpatrick Referrals. The series saw Fitzpatrick develop new methods and techniques to help pets with unique problems. This notably documents Fitzpatrick receiving a Guiness World Record for implanting two bionic legs into a cat.[18]

The Supervet (2014 - present)[edit]

Main article: The Supervet

Fitzpatrick and his practice became the focus of the Channel 4 television series The Supervet in 2014, producing seven series as of 2016.


  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. ^ University of Surrey, Media Centre. "Noel Fitzpatrick awarded honorary doctorate by the university of surrey". Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Fitzpatrick Referrals. "Noel Fitzpatrick". Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  6. ^ School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey, UK. "Prof Noel Fitzpatrick". Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Fitzpatrick Referrals. "Mission Statement". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Reynolds, John (8 March 2015). "'Supervet' plans his world-class cancer centre for animals". Irish Independent. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  9. ^ IMBd, ITV Heartbeat. "Dirty Len". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  10. ^ IMDb, ITV Heartbeat. "Weight of Evidence". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  11. ^ IMBd, BBC Casualty. "Running out of Kisses". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  12. ^ The Telegraph (29 November 2010). "Bionic Vet: he can rebuild them". Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  13. ^ IMDb, ITV London's Burning. "Episode 13.13". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  14. ^ IMDb, ITV. "The Bill". 
  15. ^ IMDb. "The Devil's Tattoo". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  16. ^ IMDb. "Live for the Moment". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  17. ^ IMDb. "Framed". 
  18. ^ MRCVSonline. "Noel Fitzpatrick receives a Guinness World Record". Retrieved 28 June 2015. 

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