The Bionic Vet

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The Bionic Vet
The Bionic Vet title card
Genre Documentary
Developed by James Incledon
Directed by James Incledon
Narrated by Jon Rand
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Production
Executive producer(s) Paddy Haycocks
Producer(s) Simon Cowell
Location(s) Fitzpatrick Referrals Ltd, Eashing, Surrey
Editor(s) Jason Giberti
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Wild Productions
Release
Original network BBC One
Picture format 16:9
Original release 30 June (2010-06-30) – 4 August 2010 (2010-08-04)
External links
Website
Production website

The Bionic Vet is a BBC documentary television series following the work of veterinarian Noel Fitzpatrick at his revolutionary veterinary practice in Surrey.

The clinic, called Fitzpatrick Referrals Ltd, contains state of the art equipment and a dedicated team of over 100 vets, nurses and support staff. Fitzpatrick and this team find new methods and techniques to help pets within more unique problems that would often leave euthanasia as the only option. Many of these techniques have not even been attempted before.

Many pets are brought to the practice from all over the country. One was Oscar the Cat, flown over from Jersey[1] and featured in the first episode.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1 "Give a Cat Two New Feet - Done!" 30 June 2010 (2010-06-30)
Fitzpatrick gives a cat named Oscar new back feet[2] and a dog, Mayo, an implant to help him walk.
2 "Improvising With a Hypodermic Needle" 7 July 2010 (2010-07-07)
Fitzpatrick removes a tumour from a Labrador and provides a bionic knee for a Border Collie cross. A chinchilla has its bones secured after breaking them
3 "Game Over?" 14 July 2010 (2010-07-14)
The Border Collie from the previous episode requires spine surgery and a cat hit by a car has its pelvis rebuilt.
4 "I Can Only Give You 50/50" 21 July 2010 (2010-07-21)
Six-months-old puppy Ice is rushed to Fitzpatrick's referral centre having been trampled by a horse. Fitzpatrick tries to reconstruct the dog's shattered leg as he battles the infection caused by the horse's hoof. There are concerns, too, for Gatwick sniffer dog, Neo. He's been compensating for a serious knee problem in one of his back legs and requires significant surgery. There is an update on Lottie, the cat with a shattered pelvis.
5 "One Grumpy Person Is Enough" 28 July 2010 (2010-07-28)
There's no let up at the referral centre as the cases continue to flood in. Fitzpatrick is presented with another major surgical challenge. Seven-month-old puppy Jolly has a painful bone deformity in both his front legs. His owner, Christine, agonises over whether it's fair to put him through an operation in which Fitzpatrick proposes to use a new technique to treat the bone growth deformity.
6 "A Couple More Taps and, Hopefully, We're In" 4 August 2010 (2010-08-04)
Fitzpatrick attempts a rare operation on a nine-year-old corgi. Viewers also find out whether the groundbreaking surgery to correct puppy Jolly's bone growth deformity has been successful and whether he can now walk pain free. There's a rare visit from an unusual patient and a barn owl with a broken wing, plus the story of a stray Jack Russell terrier, Jade, who needs treatment on a dislocated elbow.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morrison, Ryan (25 June 2010). "A cat from Jersey has shot to fame as the 'bionic cat'". BBC Online. BBC Jersey. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Cheng, Maria. "Bionic British cat gets faux paws". Google Search. The Associated Press. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 

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