Noel Fitzpatrick

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Noel Fitzpatrick
Martin Noel Galgani Fitzpatrick[1]

ResidenceEashing, Surrey, England
Alma materUniversity College Dublin
Scientific career
FieldsSmall animal orthopaedics
Veterinary neuro-orthopaedics
InstitutionsFitzpatrick Referrals
University of Surrey
University of Florida
WebsiteProfessor Noel Fitzpatrick

Noel Fitzpatrick is an Irish veterinary surgeon, based in Eashing, Surrey who came to prominence through the television programme The Supervet. Originally from Ballyfin, in Laois, Ireland, he moved to Guildford, Surrey, in 1993,[2] where he is director and managing clinician at Fitzpatrick Referrals.[3] His veterinary practice includes two hospitals specialising in orthopaedics and neurosurgery in Eashing,[4] Surrey, and another specialising in oncology and soft tissue surgery in Guildford.[5] He is director of a number of biotechnology companies spun off from his practice.[6]

Academic career and research[edit]

Fitzpatrick obtained his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from University College, Dublin, in 1990.[7]

In November 2014, he was awarded the UCD Alumni Award for veterinary medicine.[8] He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Surrey for the advancement of animal health.[9] He is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine.[10] and Professor and founding member of Orthopaedics in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey.[11]

In 2017, he was presented with the Blaine Award by British Small Animal Veterinary Association for outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary medicine and surgery.[12] The award acknowledges him as the creator of more than 30 new techniques in the field.[13]

Veterinary surgery[edit]

In 2009, he became the first veterinary surgeon to successfully apply an amputation prosthesis (PerFiTS[14]) to a cat named Oscar who had lost both hind feet in an accident. In 2014, Fitzpatrick was recognised by Guinness World Records for being the first veterinary surgeon to conduct that operation.[15]

Television and radio[edit]

Fitzpatrick and his team at Fitzpatrick Referrals have been the subject of television series, including The Bionic Vet[16][17] and The Supervet.[18][19] Fitzpatrick has also appeared on The One Show,[20] Graham Norton's BBC Radio 2 show,[21] Steve Wright in the Afternoon,[22] and The Chris Evans Breakfast Show.[23] In October 2018, Fitzpatrick was the subject of BBC Radio 4's The Life Scientific, discussing his life and work with the programme's presenter, Jim Al-Khalili.[24]

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.[25]

The Supervet (2014–present)[edit]

In 2014, Fitzpatrick and his practice became the subject of the Channel 4 television series The Supervet. It continues to run, and Series 12 was being broadcast in September 2018.

Performing arts[edit]

Fitzpatrick has starred in two episodes of ITV's Heartbeat as vet Andrew Lawrence, first broadcast in November 2002,[26] and as sheep rustler Gabriel broadcast in January 2000.[27] He appeared in an episode of the BBC medical drama Casualty (2005),[28] 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.[29] He has appeared in the ITV series London's Burning (2001),[30] and two episodes of ITV's The Bill.[31]

Fitzpatrick's first film appearance was in the horror film The Devil's Tattoo (2003).[32] He took the lead role in the film Live for the Moment (2004) in which he starred as Dr. David Fowler,[33] and starred as Inspector Beckett in the film Framed (2008).[34]

It has been suggested that the Britney Spears single "Toxic" was written about Fitzpatrick.[35] One of the song's composers, Cathy Dennis, is a former girlfriend of Fitzpatrick's, who broke up with him about the time the song was written.


  1. ^ Registrar of Companies for England and Wales - Charge 0528 7667 0008
  2. ^ Harvey, Chris (29 November 2010). "The Bionic Vet: he can rebuild them". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Professor Noel Fitzpatrick - Fitzpatrick Referrals". Fitzpatrick Referrals. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  4. ^ "How to find us - Eashing Hospital - Fitzpatrick Referrals". Fitzpatrick Referrals. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue - Guildford Hospital - Fitzpatrick Referrals". Fitzpatrick Referrals. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  6. ^ British Small Animals Veterinary Association. "BSAVA Awards 2017". Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  7. ^ "NOEL FITZPATRICK - UCD Alumni Awards". UCD Alumni Awards. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  8. ^ "NOEL FITZPATRICK - UCD Alumni Awards". UCD Alumni Awards. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  9. ^ University of Surrey, Media Centre. "Noel Fitzpatrick awarded honorary doctorate by the university of surrey". Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  10. ^ Fitzpatrick Referrals. "Noel Fitzpatrick". Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  11. ^ School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey, UK. "Prof Noel Fitzpatrick". Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  12. ^ "BSAVA Blaine Awards 2017 Press Release" (PDF). Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  13. ^ British Small Animals Veterinary Association. "BSAVA Awards 2017". Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Forelimb Amputation Prosthesis (PerFiTS) - Fitzpatrick Referrals". Fitzpatrick Referrals. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  15. ^ MRCVSonline. "Noel Fitzpatrick receives a Guinness World Record". Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  16. ^ The Bionic Vet at
  17. ^ The documentary series 'The Bionic Vet' at
  18. ^ The Supervet at
  19. ^ The Supervet website
  20. ^ Presenters: Matt Baker, Alex Jones; Editor: Sandy Smith; Participant: Noel Fitzpatrick; Reporter: Lucy Siegle (9 February 2016). "The One Show: 09/02/2016". The One Show. BBC. BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  21. ^ Presenter: Graham Norton (4 July 2015). "Graham Norton: Matt Cardle, Prof Noel Fitzpatrick and Jenny Éclair". Graham Norton. BBC. BBC Radio Two2. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  22. ^ Presenter: Steve Wright (21 September 2017). "Steve Wright in the Afternoon: Russell Howard, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, JJ Chalmers, Ade Adepitan". Steve Wright in the Afternoon. BBC. BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  23. ^ Presenter: Chris Evans (4 August 2017). "The Chris Evans Breakfast Show: Noel Fitzpatrick, Denise Lewis, Holliday Grainger and The Waterboys". The Chris Evans Breakfast Show. BBC. BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  24. ^ Presenter: Jim Al-Khalili; Producer: Anna Buckley (30 October 2018). "The Life Scientific: Noel Fitzpatrick on becoming a supervet". The Life Scientific. BBC. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  25. ^ Noel Fitzpatrick's website
  26. ^ IMBd, ITV Heartbeat. "Dirty Len". Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  27. ^ IMDb, ITV Heartbeat. "Weight of Evidence". Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  28. ^ IMBd, BBC Casualty. "Running out of Kisses". Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  29. ^ The Telegraph (29 November 2010). "Bionic Vet: he can rebuild them". Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  30. ^ IMDb, ITV London's Burning. "Episode 13.13". Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  31. ^ IMDb, ITV. "The Bill".
  32. ^ IMDb. "The Devil's Tattoo". Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  33. ^ IMDb. "Live for the Moment". Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  34. ^ IMDb. "Framed".
  35. ^ Freyne, Patrick. "Was Britney Spears's pop song Toxic written about Irish Supervet?". The Irish Times. Retrieved 21 June 2019.

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