The Supervet

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The Supervet
Genre Factual
Directed by James Incledon (2014)
Chris Rowe (2014–15)
Phil Broadhurst (2015)
Narrated by Sally Phillips (2014)
Rebecca Front (2014—)
Composer(s) Chris White (2014)
Wayne Roberts (2014–15)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Edmund Coulthard
Alex Sutherland
Alistair Pegg
Nick Shearman
Production location(s) Fitzpatrick Referrals Ltd, Eashing, Surrey
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Blast! Films
Release
Original network Channel 4
Original release 7 May 2014 (2014-05-07) – present
Chronology
Related shows The Bionic Vet
External links
Website
Production website

The Supervet is a Channel 4 television series following the work of vet Noel Fitzpatrick and his team at Fitzpatrick Referrals in Eashing, Surrey. The series shows the work on some of the hardest-to-cure pets from across the country as they receive cutting-edge treatments and surgery from Fitzpatrick and his team, who attempt to cure pets that might otherwise be beyond saving.[1][2][3]

Filmed using fixed rig cameras in the clinic's waiting room, reception and prep area, the programme captures the raw emotion, drama and playfulness of Fitzpatrick and his staff as they treat the pets in their care.

One series had the Supervet out 'on the road,' mixing up the traditional format, with visits to various dog shows and other types of pets in the community.

Transmissions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 7 May 2014 28 May 2014 4
2 15 October 2014 5 November 2014 4
Christmas special 15 December 2014 1
3 5 March 2015 23 April 2015 7
In the Field 12 August 2015 19 August 2015 2
4 25 November 2015 16 December 2015 4
Christmas special 22 December 2015 1
5 2 February 2016 16 February 2016 3
6 23 March 2016 25 May 2016 10
Bionic Specials 11 August 2016 1 September 2016 4
7 9 November 2016 30 November 2016 4
Christmas special 20 December 2016 1
8 16 February 2017 16 March 2017 4
9 20 April 2017 29 June 2017 11
10 21 September 2017 23 November 2017 8
Christmas special 19 December 2017 1
11 28 February 2018 4 April 2018 6
12 12 September 2018
  • NOTE: Series 4 was a spin-off series Supervet in the Field, a two-part series.

Episodes[edit]

Series 1[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"Scooby, Tiger and Otis"7 May 2014 (2014-05-07)
The episode starts by catching up with a familiar face as Oscar the cat drops by the clinic for some new footwear. Bacus the French Bulldog with a severe limp is in need of a pair of tights to aid his recovery. Otis was found collapsed and bleeding in the snow and brought in to the clinic by a charity to see if anything could be done to salvage his broken leg. The team have to work to bring Tiger back from the brink of death after suffering a cardiac arrest and we discover whether anything can be done Scooby and his family after it is discovered that he is suffering from a potentially life-threatening bone tumour.[4][5][6][7][8]
2"Rufus, Dixie and Daphne"14 May 2014 (2014-05-14)
Noel operates on Rufus the rabbit who has a badly broken hind leg. Dixie the cocker spaniel needs major spinal surgery, and Noel looks to XMen’s Wolverine for inspiration as he treats Daphne - a three-legged dog adopted from Thailand.[9]
3"Jasper, Mojo and Lolli"21 May 2014 (2014-05-21)
A young puppy called Jasper arrives at the clinic after his owners notice his forelimbs are growing in the wrong direction. Noel needs to perform surgery quickly if he is to correct Jasper’s condition, however things don’t go as smoothly as they could. Lolli the cat has suffered a significant injury to her pelvis after going missing for 7 days. Mojo presents to the clinic with wobbly, a condition caused by compression of the spinal cord making him unsteady on his feet.[10]
4"Pixie and Ellie"28 May 2014 (2014-05-28)
Pixie, a 12-year-old cat, presents to the clinic after being hit by a car. Tessa’s owners have to make a very tough decision after she is diagnosed with a severe bone tumour in her front leg, and Ellie is in need of one of Noel’s pioneering inventions the FITS (Fitz Inter-Vertebral Traction Screw) to help her overcome a severe neck problem.[11]

Series 2[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"Schrodinger, Lois and Flossie"15 October 2014 (2014-10-15)
Schrodinger, an 11-year-old cat, has been brought into the clinic after shattering his thigh bone following a car accident. Lois, an English Bulldog is placed on a weightloss plan in an attempt to avoid further knee surgery and Flossie is rushed into the clinic after suddenly losing control of her back legs.[12][13][14][15][16]
2"Frankie and Emily"22 October 2014 (2014-10-22)
Willow, a 10-month-old medical alert dog, has had to put his training on hold while Noel performs a total hip replacement. Noel needs to take inspiration from an ice-cream scoop to help Frankie a mischievous Dachshund with a deformed front foot. Tough decisions need to be made by the owners of Emily, an 8-year-old Shi-Tzu who comes to see Noel due to her bizarre walk.[17][18]
3"Lara the Cat and Chief the Husky"29 October 2014 (2014-10-29)
Two emergencies in the clinic this week. Lara the cat is rushed in with a serious fracture after being hit by a car and then attacked by a fox. Meanwhile, Chief, a 7-year-old Northern Inuit, has dislocated his hip while his owners were away on holiday. Chief’s owners cannot afford the cost of a hip replacement and have to decide whether to put Chief to sleep. This episode also sees Noel operate on colleague Susan’s 12-year-old Spaniel Bertie.[19]
4"Ira, Tom and Marley"5 November 2014 (2014-11-05)
Ira’s owner Joyce notice he was dragging his feet when out walking, and what seemed like a minor problem turned out to need a bionic solution. Noel has to decide whether surgical resident Miguel is ready to tackle Marley’s challenging fracture. Tom, an anxious French Bulldog needs treatment to relieve the compression on his spinal cord, but first Noel must find a way to relax both Tom and his owner.[20]

Christmas special[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"Christmas in the Clinic"15 December 2014 (2014-12-15)
In this Christmas Special we catch-up with some of the pets from the last two series and find out what has happened to Scooby, Jasper and Pixie. We are also introduced to Fievel, a 16-month-old Labrador, who needs a total hip replacement on both sides and that is only the beginning as Fievel is set to become Fitzpatrick’s longest-term patient.[21][22]

Series 3[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"Otto, Elvis & Gucci"5 March 2015 (2015-03-05)
German Shepherd, Otto, has a life threatening tumour and Noel hopes that a bionic implant will prolong Otto’s life long enough to see his owners’ wedding day. Elvis, a Rottweiler puppy, is having trouble walking and Noel notices that there something wrong with his spine. Surgery carries major risks and Noel will have to improvise leaving him uncertain as to whether operating is the right thing to do. Pomeranian puppy Gucci has broken her paw after only 48 hours in her new home requiring Noel to perform delicate surgery on the mischievous puppy.[23]
2"Stampy, Dylan & Lilly-Belle"12 March 2015 (2015-03-12)
Cavachon Stampy has been hit by a car and is in a critical conditions. Owners Jim and Karen have to decide whether to put their pet through painful surgery, or let him go. Stuart, the owner of Golden retriever Dylan, has driven seven hours to seek Noel’s advice after his pet has developed a limp. Meanwhile, Lilly-Belle, a most beloved dachshund from Chelsea, arrives at the clinic after losing the use of her back legs.
3"Diamond, Sweetie, Hopity & Dandi"19 March 2015 (2015-03-19)
An owner brings her two Poodles to the clinic as one is in need of a total hip replacement and the other a new knee. Noel operates on both dogs not finishing until 3am. A tiny 12-week old Kitten called Hopity has a deformed back leg that she could end up losing, and Dandi, a five-month old German Shepherd has a deformity in both front legs. Heartbreakingly, one of them fails to survive.
4"Loki, Willow & Faberge"2 April 2015 (2015-04-02)
Former employee Micha brings her Bengal cat, Loki, into the clinic. A hit from a car has resulted in severe damage to both hind legs. Noel will only know whether he can save Loki once the operation is underway. Meanwhile, Willow, a deerhound, has broken her neck while out walking. It is the worst break Noel has seen. Unfortunately, Noel has already been operating for 11 hours; he is exhausted, sleep deprived and unsure whether he can perform the necessary procedure. Faberge, a Chinese crested dog suffering with seizure, is brought in for investigations.
5"Speedy, Snoopy & Winston"9 April 2015 (2015-04-09)
Noel is faced with the smallest bone he has ever operated on when baby rabbit Speedy breaks his leg after a fight with his female companion. An emergency arrives in the form of Winston the English Bulldog who is suffering with a mysterious paralysis. Snoopy has been run over by a delivery van and Noel cannot save his paw. Can Noel give Snoopy a bionic paw instead? Heartbreakingly, one of them fails to survive.
6"Dolly, Anya & Lola"16 April 2015 (2015-04-16)
Dolly, a rescued 4-year-old Bulldog, is having trouble with all four of her legs and is in need of multiple surgeries. To make matters worse a cancerous lump is discovered. Police dog Anya has damaged her spine and must be returned to her full working capacity otherwise she will need to be put down. Noel uses two of his custom inventions in an effort to reverse the damage. Lola, an adopted greyhound has a mystery problem with her feet. Noel uses a ‘state-of-the-art’ diagnostic tool – his toothbrush – to help him find the answer.
7"Cyrus, Ghost, Bella & Bucklesbury Bear"23 April 2015 (2015-04-23)
Cyrus, an Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, is having trouble with all four legs presenting a moral dilemma for his owners. Bucklesbury Bear, a huge Newfoundland, finds a new lease of life in the hydrotherapy pool after undergoing a leg amputation to remove an Osteosarcoma. Puppy Ghost is lame on his front legs and need Noel to find out why. Veterinary neurologist Clare Rusbridge sees Bella, a Maltese terrier cross bichon frise, who is in great distress, unable to stand and hyperventilating as a result of a serious brain disease.

Supervet in the Field (2-part Summer Special)[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"Supervet in the Field – Part 1"12 August 2015 (2015-08-12)
This week over 10,000 owners and their dogs join him at Loseley Park, Surrey, for one of the biggest events of the doggie calendar. Not only is there all manner of eccentric festival madness from speed puppy training to a ‘Guess the Weight of your Dog’ stall but we also follow two new Supervet stories from diagnosis, through surgery and recovery before they make an appearance at the festival. Sox is a massive Great Dane with a serious spinal problem. His life hangs in the balance unless Noel can come up with a solution for him and his loving family - and Four month old Labrador Obi needs shoulder surgery to enable him to continue to be a companion and support to his young friend and family member 6-year-old Luke – who suffers with Asperger’s Syndrome.
1"Supervet in the Field – Part 2"19 August 2015 (2015-08-19)
Professor Noel Fitzpatrick has redefined veterinary practice with pioneering prosthetic limb replacements. This week over 6,500 families and their dogs join him in Cheshire, for a massive celebration of the shared love they have for their dogs. They gather to take part in an extraordinary agility display by dogs with prosthetic limb replacements, and we follow two new Supervet patients from diagnosis, through surgery and recovery and find out whether they can make an appearance at the festival. Jake is a street dog form Greece who was brought back to the UK after his leg was badly damaged in a traffic accident. But his leg is in a very bad way forcing Noel to attempt one of the most challenging limb replacements of his career. Dupe, a South African Mastiff puppy, who is facing a life threatening spinal condition requiring surgery to save him from paralysis.

Series 4[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"Spud, Maya & Maxi"25 November 2015 (2015-11-25)
Cat Maya who has a shattered jaw from a dog attack , Labrador Spud who is the closest companion of Chris and Max who is Jackie’s pride and joy.
2"Bodie, Buggy & Ice"2 December 2015 (2015-12-02)
The tables are turned for Fitzpatrick Nurse Steph when her cat Icicle is rushed into Fitzpatricks after being poisoned, Polish Sheepdog Bodie has a failed fracture repair and Professor Noel has only one shot at saving the leg, and cat Buggy need corrective surgery for his back legs.
3"Bruno, Gandalph & Rosie"9 December 2015 (2015-12-09)
Noel and his team have to deal with two emergency cases, Bruno is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who works as a therapy dog, and Gandalf is a beautiful Devon Rex cat who has been struck by a car. Heartbreakingly, one of them fails to survive.
4"Ice, Jin Jin & Ted"16 December 2015 (2015-12-16)
Pure white Alsatian puppy Ice needs traditional surgery on his hips and front leg and Jin Jin, a young Chihuahua is a little dog with a big attitude who has a deformity in his neck which is compressing the spinal cord.

Christmas special[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"The Supervet at Christmas"22 December 2015 (2015-12-22)
Noel is busier than ever with a sleigh-pulling Alaskan malamute with bad knees.

Series 5[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"Henry, Geoffrey & MK"2 February 2016 (2016-02-02)
Eighteen-week-old cockapoo puppy Henry is rushed into Fitzpatrick Referrals with a fractured neck. A freak garden accident where he collided with a flower-pot has left him paralyzed and fighting for his life. Professor Noel Fitzpatrick is forced to perform a risky, and truly inventive, procedure to re-align the fracture in an attempt to save his life. A temperamental and accident-prone cat, known as MK, has fallen from a window. MK lives with Lizzie who is a vet and she has already tried fixing MK’s leg herself, but the operation hasn’t worked and she’s worried he may need a knee-replacement. Noel is confronted with a possible infection in the wound as he battles to save the leg. Romanian stray Geoffrey was found abandoned and emaciated before being adopted by Kent couple, John and Stacey. His front legs are so badly deformed that he’s in constant pain and barely able to walk. Noel must break and re-align both front legs if he’s to stand any chance of giving Geoffrey a pain free life.
2"Ollie, Star & Zak"9 February 2016 (2016-02-09)
The 5-year-old Great Dane Star is rushed to Fitzpatrick Referrals after losing the use of her back legs. She’s clearly in a lot of pain and Professor Noel Fitzpatrick needs to sedate her to allow him to determine the cause of her sudden paralysis. A slipped disk in her spinal column proves treatable, but later complications leave Star fighting for her life… Michelle and her two young children, Leila and Amber, bring their one and a half year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Ollie to the practice after being hit by a car. The two girls love animals and want to become vets themselves one day. Noel enlists their help to aid Ollie’s recovery. Sue brings her 10-year-old Collie Zak to Fitzpatrick Referrals all the way from Yorkshire. Medication has allowed Zak to live with hip dysplasia his whole life, but in recent months things have taken a turn for the worse. To live a pain free life will require not one, but two total hip replacements. It’s an anxious time for Sue who has never spent a day apart from her best friend, and can’t even bring herself to leave Zak at the practice to go to her hotel room.
3"Barney, Miranda & Billy"16 February 2016 (2016-02-16)
People travel from far and wide seeking the help of orthopaedic surgeon Professor Noel Fitzpatrick at Fitzpatrick Referrals. This week sees arrival of Billy the Newfoundland who clocks up nearly 10,000 miles travelling back and forth from his home in Aberdeen for treatment. Vicky and Stephen have known from day one that something was wrong with Billy’s legs but when scans reveal significant damage in multiple joints, Vicky and Stephen are left with a difficult decision to make. iny Yorkshire terrier Barney is just ten months old, but he has a deformity in his neck which is compressing his spinal cord, leaving him unable even to stand. For Linda and Barry, Noel is their last chance, but the operation to save Barney involves extremely high-risk surgery demanding pin point accuracy and with no guarantee of success. The family face an agonising wait for news. Heartbreakingly, Barney fails to survive. Noel finds himself managing the needs of both Kelly and her pampered-pooch Chihuahua Miranda, as Kelly decides whether or not to carry on with the surgeries needed to correct Miranda’s slipping knee caps.

Series 6[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"Mr Mac, Jersey & Reggie"23 March 2016 (2016-03-23)
The practice is equipped to treat animals of all shapes and sizes. The family of 2 metre tall Great Dane, Mr Mac have noticed that he has begun to wobble when he stands, and are worried there may be a problem with the nerves in his huge neck. Noel offers Mr Mac a lifeline with a unique custom-designed spinal implant system in an attempt to give him back his quality of life. Receptionist Ruth and her husband Chris have spent their lives rescuing stray animals. They live with a menagerie of chickens, ferrets, fish and a three-legged cat called Jersey. But Jersey has recently become lame on his single back leg. Professor Noel Fitzpatrick has to decide if he can take the risk of performing his first-ever hip replacement on a three-legged cat. Three-year-old 65 kilo Dogue De Bordeaux Reggie suffers from elbow dysplasia, a painful condition in which the bones don’t fit properly. If left untreated he’ll be in constant pain when he walks. However when owner Tracy brings Reggie in to see Noel for surgery, the results of the arthroscopy come as a welcome surprise.
2"Orla, Scooby & Kane"30 March 2016 (2016-03-30)
Fitzpatrick Referrals is used to dealing with emergencies, but when Natalie arrives in an Animal Ambulance with a young Cockapoo called Orla, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick fears the worst. Orla ran off in the park during a walk, and was hit by a lawn mower leaving her leg badly damaged. Traumatised Natalie tells Noel she collected up what she could of the pieces of Orla’s leg that were mangled in the mower, and has brought them with her. Noel’s challenge is to save as much of the leg as possible to give Orla the chance of a new prosthetic foot, and a future running around with all four limbs. The risks are high, but Orla’s family are prepared to do whatever it takes. Rescue German Shepherd/Collie cross Kane is brought in to see Noel by owners Cherie and Jason. Kane is a big part of the family in more ways than one; he’s even muscled his way into the marital bed with Cherie, whilst hubby Jason is relegated to the spare room! But Kane is struggling with a bulging disk in his spine, as well as hip dysplasia and, although a big breed dog, is only managing to walk a short distance every day. Cherie and Jason are desperate to get him back to full fitness and give him a better quality of life. Samantha has a special bond with seven-year-old Labrador Scooby. Sam suffers from a rare brain condition and has been in and out of hospital much of her life, and Scooby has been her comforter and best friend. But Scooby has been struggling with pain in his elbows, and now that Sam has exhausted all non-surgical options she has brought him in to see Noel. Sam will do anything to prevent Scooby from having to undergo surgery, but it may be the only option left to relieve his pain. Noel needs to investigate each elbow to determine the extent of the problem – and to see if he can avoid major surgery on both legs.
3"Hetty, Louis & Bliss"6 April 2016 (2016-04-06)
Hetty the Labrador is unique. She is believed to be the first dog to have been trained both as a guide dog for the blind and a seizure alert dog. Not only does she help Toni, a mother-of-two who is blind, live an active life, but she also warns Toni if she is about to have an epileptic fit. However, Hetty has become lame on both her front legs, and has been referred to Professor Noel Fitzpatrick. Invasive surgery could mean Hetty will be out of action for as long as four months, a terrifying thought for Toni, who will be without her lifeline. The pressure is on for Noel to get Hetty back to full working health as soon as possible. Ella and Rob took Louis, their seven-year old Rhodesian Ridgeback to the vet after they thought he had fractured his leg, but were shocked to learn that he had a cancerous tumour which was spreading fast; so fast that they thought he would not last the weekend. Louis’ condition is especially poignant for Ella who herself has suffered with a brain tumour and as a result lost sight in one eye. The couple bring Louis to Noel to see if surgery can save his leg, and prolong his life. Fitzpatrick Referrals receptionist Natalie finds herself on the other side of the counter when she fears her Tibetan Terrier Bliss is suffering a rare neurological condition after she developed worrying symptoms and a lack of energy. Natalie books in to see Chief of Neurology, Dr Clare Rusbridge, who recommends Bliss take a test for the disease. Natalie has an anxious two weeks waiting for the results.
4"Darcy, Archie & Banjo"13 April 2016 (2016-04-13)
A Chihuahua called Darcy is rushed to Fitzpatrick Referrals after being hit by a car. For her 18 year old owner TaJournée, Darcy is much more than a family pet; she’s a lifeline helping her cope with her autism. Using a combination of rods and pins, Noel must reconstruct multiple broken bones in Darcy’s pelvis, holding them in place with an external metal frame. Ex Musician Nick has lived with his beloved 7 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Banjo, since he was a puppy. But in recent months Banjo has become less and less mobile. He’s brought in for a relatively simple hip replacement, but in theatre Noel finds himself in a tricky situation as the standard-sized implants don’t fit the overweight Banjo, forcing Noel to improvise. Prison sniffer dog Archie is brought in to see Noel after showing lameness at work. Noel is keen to perform the least invasive procedure possible to help him back to work as soon as possible. But key-hole investigations throw up an unexpected complication in both shoulders, throwing doubt over Archie’s career.
5"Tess, Bradley & Poppie"20 April 2016 (2016-04-20)
The Warden family bring in their one year old Saint Bernard Poppie, who is suffering with Hip Dysplasia. Having recently lost Poppie’s brother Samson to a similar illness, emotions run high and the pressure is on for Professor Noel Fitzpatrick to save Poppie from a similar fate… An accident 4 years ago has left Bradley with a badly deformed hind foot that makes it almost impossible for the cat to walk on. Ian, himself suffering ill health, and wife Eileen bring him to Fitzpatrick’s in the hope Professor Noel Fitzpatrick will be able to give him a new bionic foot. Thirteen-year-old collie, Tess, is rushed to Fitzpatrick’s after being hit by a car. Her leg is badly fractured and risk of infection is a major concern for Resident surgeon Dr. Padraig Egan as he battles to save her leg.
6"Dexter, Blu & Coco"27 April 2016 (2016-04-27)
An unusual pet needing specialist care draws a crowd as Professor Noel Fitzpatrick creates another unique solution to help an animal in need. Emily arrives at the practice with her 4 year old Chinchilla, Dexter, after a relative stepped on him, breaking his leg. It should be a straightforward operation but Dexter’s tiny airways and bones make it anything but simple. 4-month-old puppy Coco is rushed to the practice after being hit by a van. Her leg is so badly broken, that Kevin is worried she may lose the leg. As Professor Noel Fitzpatrick fights to save her limb, he is dealing not only with the break but also the risk of infection and the risk that the growth plates in the damaged legs will be damaged forever. Running out of options, Noel is forced to improvise with Manuka honey and a homemade splint. Angela and Stuart have been bringing their black Labrador Blu to Fitzpatrick’s for treatment for a number of different ailments, including cancer. Now he’s back at the practice after they noticed a problem with his back legs. When scans show the cause is not one, but two bulging discs, it’s a crushing blow for Angela and Stuart. It’s a risky operation and the pressure is on Noel; if he succeeds, he will halt the onset of paralysis. If he fails, Blu may be permanently impaired.
7"Molly, Archie & Lily"4 May 2016 (2016-05-04)
8 year old Cocker Spaniel Archie is brought in by Meg as an emergency referral with a cancerous tumour on his front paw. Meg’s husband, John, has Parkinsons. Since John moved to a care home, and developed Alzheimer’s, Meg and Archie have had to adjust to life without him. Archie is now Meg’s constant companion at home and she is willing to do whatever it takes to give him the best quality of life. Meg hopes Noel can offer Archie a bionic paw, one of Fitzpatrick Referrals’ unique treatments. But if Archie’s cancer has spread, Noel’s options will be limited. Meg faces an agonising wait for news. 2 year old cat Lily was badly hurt in a car accident 18 months ago. Colin and Jacqui’s local vet managed to treat most of her injuries but Lily had a seizure under anaesthetic and her back leg now permanently drags on the ground as she walks. Colin and Jacqui bring her to Professor Noel Fitzpatrick in the hope he will be able to get Lily back on her toes and able to climb fences again. This week Tina, and her boisterous sons bring in their 8-month-old Springer Spaniel puppy, Molly. Molly was bought as a working dog for Tina’s husband but being the only other female in the family Tina has taken her on as a pet. One of Molly’s hind legs is badly deformed with the kneecap totally out of alignment and both the thigh and shin bones badly twisted. This will require complicated surgery to realign the leg, and rebuild her knee with a new titanium groove. After reprimanding the boys for climbing on his reception benches, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick tries to engage the boys in helping him plan Molly’s treatment. Molly will need weeks of intense physiotherapy, but a major setback means her recovery is anything but straightforward.
8"Pearl, Casey & Black Beauty"11 May 2016 (2016-05-11)
Karen suffers from frequent nocturnal epileptic fits. Her 8 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Pearl has the extraordinary ability to sense when these episodes are about to happen, and with her ear-piercing howl she wakes Karen’s carer giving her a critical few minutes warning that could be the difference between life and death for Karen. But Pearl has problems with her knees and is unable to walk without pain. The pressure is on for Professor Noel Fitzpatrick to restore Pearl back to full health and her lifesaving duties as soon as possible. But Pearl’s post-op recovery is far from straightforward and Karen decides to relocate from her home in Devon to a B&B near the practice to get Pearl the crucial physiotherapy she needs to regain her strength. Jo and Paul bring in their two-and a half year old Irish Setter Casey to Fitzpatrick Referrals after he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his front leg. They ask Noel if he can avoid amputation by performing one of his unique operations, an endoprosthesis, which involves replacing the affected bone with metal which will become part of his skeleton and allow him full function of his leg and foot. Jo and Paul are warned that with bone cancer it is unlikely Casey will live beyond a year. Professor Noel Fitzpatrick goes ahead with the surgery, and a post-op biopsy reveals some surprising results. A vocal cat called Black Beauty is rushed to Fitzpatrick Referrals after being hit by a car. It is clear he has suffered a head injury which is a shock for Nina and her children Lara and Charlie. James, a veterinary resident at Fitzpatrick Referrals, examines Black Beauty and finds he has extensive fractures to his jaw. With assistance from Professor Noel Fitzpatrick they wire his jaw back together, but will Black Beauty’s family ever be able to persuade him to eat properly again?
9"Cookie, Stouffie & Co-pee"18 May 2016 (2016-05-18)
Cookie, an excitable Cocker Spaniel has been partially paralysed on her back legs since birth. She was rescued by Faye and her daughter Ellie and has been given treatment by the specialist team at Fitzpatrick Referrals before. Cookie manages to get around, but her feet are prone to infection as she has no feeling in them and they scuff on the floor when she walks. This week she is brought in to see if Professor Noel Fitzpatrick can fix her problem by fitting two bionic back feet. However when Noel scans Cookie further serious complications are revealed. Noel takes on a series of challenging surgeries in the hope of achieving a pain free life for Cookie. Paul lives alone with Stouffie, his eight-year old Main coon Cat. Two weeks ago, Paul noticed Stouffie limping and within a week he had started to drag his leg. Professor Noel Fitzpatrick launches a series of investigations into what is causing the problem. The results reveal a serious problem, and Paul faces a difficult decision. Cheeky Westie puppy Co-Pee comes to see Professor Noel Fitzpatrick after having an accident at home. He has fractured his knee, but the surgery is tricky as Co-Pee is only 5 months old and hasn’t finished growing. Pauline has lost two other Westies before so she is determined to give him the best chance of healing, which involves keeping Co-Pee calm and preventing him from running about, but with a young Westie pup that’s easier said than done. Both Pauline and the staff at Fitzpatrick’s have their work cut out!
10"Olaf, Rhett & Willow"25 May 2016 (2016-05-25)
Noel pushes the boundaries of his lifesaving medicine on a 10 month old golden retriever. Olaf helps five-year-old Alice by reducing her anxiety which predisposes her epilepsy, but lameness has made him unable to complete his necessary training for epilepsy detection. As well as needing traditional orthopaedic surgery, Noel uses ground-breaking cell treatment – extracting stem cells from Olaf’s bone marrow then re-injecting them into the joint to help repair the damaged joint. Rhett, a 2 year old Maine Coon cat has come to see Professor Noel Fitzpatrick following a suspected rat bite. A course of antibiotics from his local vet hasn’t worked and the lump is getting bigger. Noel and his team have to play detective to discover what turns out to be a condition that Noel has never seen before. 4 month old Willow the whippet is rushed to the practice after being hit by a car, leaving her with multiple pelvic fractures. Professor Noel Fitzpatrick has to perform intricate reconstructive surgery with pinpoint accuracy on her young and delicate bones whilst her family, Charlotte and Nick, face an anxious wait.

Bionic Specials[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"Molly & Archie"11 August 2016 (2016-08-11)
Noel uses 3D printing to create a skull implant for a spaniel with brain cancer.
2"Flo & Izzy"18 August 2016 (2016-08-18)
Noel helps a puppy called Flo and border collie called Izzy.
3"Peanut & Ard Ri"25 August 2016 (2016-08-25)
Noel helps Peanut the Cat and dog Ard Ri has bone cancer in his leg.
4"Lulu & Maori"1 September 2016 (2016-09-01)
Noel helps Rottweiler Lulu and Doberman Maori who is struggling to walk and in pain.

Series 7[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"Murphy, Mack & Frynse"9 November 2016 (2016-11-09)
The odds are stacked against Noel and his team when Murphy, a Golden Retriever puppy, is rushed in by his devastated family. A severe dog attack has left Murphy with horrific facial injuries. His jaw bone is hanging off and his life hangs in the balance. Heather brings in her much loved Hungarian Vizsla, Mack, with a bone and cartilage disorder. When scans reveal deep holes and rupture of his cruciate ligaments in both knee joints, Noel attempts a technique he has never tried before. Jorgen has driven all the way from Switzerland to Fitzpatrick Referrals in the hope of a successful treatment for his best friend, 10 year old Chihuahua Frynse. Frynse has been lame for some time, but when Noel and his team examine him they find another problem which comes as a crushing blow to Jorgen.
2"Rex, Amie & Piggy"16 November 2016 (2016-11-16)
Altynay and her 11-year-old daughter, Nicole, bring in their four and a half month old Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy Rex with a badly deformed elbow from birth. Noel carries out a complicated procedure to realign the bones in his elbow to get him out of pain and improve his ability to walk. However, it’s a complex task and the road to recovery is long. Altynay and Nicole are faced with being parted from their new family member for longer than they had hoped. Amie, a one-year-old stray cat, was found by Barbara with a badly fractured leg. Due to the lack of blood supply in Amie’s paw after surgery, Noel has to pull out all the stops to save her leg, including combining cutting edge medical techniques with an age old treatment – leeches! Heather and Amie bring in their 10-year-old Staffie-cross Piggy. Piggy by name, Piggy by nature (she just loves her treats), she’s had a history of lameness in her back legs plus a suspected spinal problem. After three years of pain management, Heather and Amie want to see if there is anything that Noel can do for her. When the scans reveal further complications, the family face a very difficult decision.
3"Buzzard, Charlie & Baros"23 November 2016 (2016-11-23)
In this episode a wild buzzard with a broken wing throws up new challenges for Noel. The delicate hollow bones in the bird’s wing make fixing it with a conventional splint far from straightforward. It leaves Noel with limited options, as he strives to save the bird’s life – and give him back his freedom. Rose’s pampered Maine Coon Baros is used to enjoying the finer things in a cat’s life. And when Noel diagnoses slipping knee caps, Rose naturally wants the best for him. But when Baros is admitted for surgery Rose finds parting with her beloved pet harder than she imagined. Vicky and Brian bring in their beloved Labrador, Charlie with badly damaged elbow joints. Noel has to perform invasive surgery but weeks after his first operation Charlie is rushed in with a complication that comes as a devastating blow.
4"Wobble, Tia & Alfie"30 November 2016 (2016-11-30)
Wobble the whippet was rescued by the RSPCA, after it is believed she was badly beaten on the back. Her spine is so badly damaged that, if left untreated, she is at risk of permanent paralysis. Noel performs a high risk operation; if he succeeds, Wobble has the chance of a pain free life. If he fails, Wobble’s future is uncertain. A Bengal cat called Tia is rushed to Fitzpatrick Referrals after being hit by a car which has left her pelvis shattered and her back leg paralysed. Noel must delicately reconstruct Tia’s tiny bones using a combination of rods and pins, and holding them in place with an external metal frame to give Tia’s leg a chance of mending. But Tia’s family face a long journey, involving extensive physiotherapy and hydrotherapy before Tia is fully recovered and walking again. Sara’s Chocolate Labrador Alfie wasn’t meant to be a care dog. But ever since Sara became ill with Lupus, a disease of the immune system, he has become her lifeline. When Noel diagnoses Alfie with elbow dysplasia, its Sara’s turn to return the favour by caring for Alfie, but it won’t be a straightforward solution.

Christmas special[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"The Supervets at Christmas"20 December 2016 (2016-12-20)
Professor Noel Fitpatrick treats a rescue greyhound and a puppy terrier with bad legs.

Series 8[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"Rodney, Nell & Rollo"16 February 2017 (2017-02-16)
Noel pulls out all the stops to give a rescue West Highland puppy a new lease of life. Rodney was born without back feet and with only a thin layer of skin around the stumps he is at constant risk of infection. Foster mum Kelly hopes two bionic feet will give Rodney the chance at a normal life on four paws, but it is risky surgery; if it does not all go to plan, Rodney’s future is uncertain. Nell, a young Husky Collie is brought to the practice with a badly damaged pelvis after being hit by a car. Nell is in chronic pain and needs a total hip replacement. The operation goes well but days after the difficult surgery they suffer a huge setback and with limited options, Noel has to come up with a different plan quickly. Lesley brings in her lazy Dachshund Rollo, who has deformed front legs. He needs double surgery along with extensive physiotherapy; but trying to motivate Rollo to do exercise proves a challenge!
2"Twiglet, Maya & Sweeney"23 February 2017 (2017-02-23)
Cockapoo puppy Maya is rushed into Fitzpatrick Referrals after being hit by a car. Her leg is badly damaged leaving much of the skin dead, so Noel has to embark on a series of operations including a skin graft where her leg is sewn into her stomach in an attempt to grow new skin around the wound. Holly and Will face an anxious wait as they are parted from their furry baby for the first time. Polly brings in her rescue Chihuahua, Twiglet, after she fell down the stairs while chasing the cat. A failed operation has left her with shattered bones and metal in her tiny paw. With limited options, Noel attempts a combination of procedures. But he has never carried out this operation before and if he fails, Twiglet could lose her leg. Gentle giant Sweeney, a Great Dane with a big personality is brought in by Sally after being diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his leg. Sally is hoping Noel can perform a unique procedure; replacing bone with metal to avoid amputation and restore full function. It’s a high-risk operation with no guarantees of success and both Noel and Sally face an anxious wait post-surgery to find out if the cancer has spread.
3"Lola, Mikka & Dali"2 March 2017 (2017-03-02)
Noel and his team fight to save the leg of a much loved Golden Retriever Mikka. Julie and her daughter Lauren were devastated when they found out Mikka had a tumour growing in her left leg. They turn to Noel in the hope he can offer an alternative to amputation. Lola, a French bulldog with twisted elbows is brought in by James and Chantell. Lola’s legs are so badly deformed that she needs a doggy wheelchair especially designed for her. Her condition is one of the worst Noel has ever seen and with muscles and nerves wrapped around the bone causing further problems, he faces difficult challenges in surgery. Noel opened his Oncology & Soft Tissue Hospital in Guildford last year offering a range of treatments for pets with oncologic and soft tissue problems – from skin grafts to tumour removal. Tracey and Phill bring in their Spaniel cross, Dali, to see specialist Professor Nick Bacon, after he developed a large growth inside his jaw causing the muscle to waste away. Removing the tumour involves highly invasive surgery and cutting away part of Dali’s jaw and Tracey and Phill face an anxious wait for news.
4"Elmer, Shiraz & Rosie"16 March 2017 (2017-03-16)
A Labrador is rushed to surgery after being hit by a car. A cocker spaniel has a bulging disc in her spine. And Elmer, a basset hound, needs to go on a diet.

Series 9[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"Hector, Mitzi & Zola"20 April 2017 (2017-04-20)

The new season sees Noel and his team facing some of their most emotional and technically challenging cases to date.

Labradoodle Mitzi is rushed in after being hit by a car, Noel is concerned she could have nerve damage a 10-month-old German Pointer Hector has been struggling to walk, he must undergo complex spinal surgery or face the prospect of being put to sleep.
2"Episode 2"27 April 2017 (2017-04-27)
Canicross champion Marley is admitted to Fitzpatricks after being diagnosed with severe dysplasia of the elbow. Andi and Michaela have a nerve-wracking wait while their Rhodesian Ridgeback has a high-risk operation to relieve the pressure on the nerves in her spine. And Noel treats an old gym buddy's injured dog.
3"Episode 3"4 May 2017 (2017-05-04)
Noel takes on an incredibly challenging case. Bella the Boxer has extensive injuries to her pelvis and hind legs from a road accident. Noel considers a stem-cell scaffolding procedure with significant risks attached. Also, a convoy of hedgehogs arrive with broken legs. And Gizmo the kitten is brought in with a broken leg after an accident at home.
4"Episode 4"11 May 2017 (2017-05-11)
A papillon needs a double knee replacement while a mountain dog has an exploded disc.
5"Episode 5"18 May 2017 (2017-05-18)
Dave and Sue drive 5000 miles from France to get a diagnosis for their border colie's leg.
6"Episode 6"25 May 2017 (2017-05-25)
A Newfoundland needs surgery on his bent legs and a Chihuahua requires a hip replacement.
7"Episode 7"1 June 2017 (2017-06-01)
An onwer travels through the night to get his much-loved doberman seen by Professor Noel.
8"Episode 8"8 June 2017 (2017-06-08)
Professor Noel helps a bichon frise with chronic elbow pain and a Labrador unable to stand.
9"Episode 9"15 June 2017 (2017-06-15)
A Shih-tzu cross with deformed legs is brought in to see Professor Noel Fitzpatrick.
10"Episode 10"22 June 2017 (2017-06-22)
A dog owner travels all the way from Romania for her dog's squashed spinal chord.
11"Episode 11"29 June 2017 (2017-06-29)
Dr Noel treats a lurcher with a collapsed joint and a cat that's been hit by a car.

Series 10[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"Episode 1"21 September 2017 (2017-09-21)
A new run starts with an emergency as a Staffordshire bull terrier is hit by a car.
2"Episode 2"28 September 2017 (2017-09-28)
Basset hound Barney needs high-risk surgery on his troubled neck vertebrae.
3"Episode 3"5 October 2017 (2017-10-05)
A border collie arrives with a lump on his ankle and a short haired cat may need a new hip.
4"Episode 4"12 October 2017 (2017-10-12)
A young mastiff has a leg tumour and a ting pug has lost control of her hind legs.
5"Episode 5"19 October 2017 (2017-10-19)
A shih-tzu been referred to Fitzpatrick's with severe arthritis and can barely walk.
6"Episode 6"26 October 2017 (2017-10-26)
The clinic face a challenging case with a Chihuahua with hydrocephalus.
7"Episode 7"2 November 2017 (2017-11-02)
A Great Dane needs spinal surgery. A golden Labrador requires a knee replacement.
8"Episode 8"8 November 2017 (2017-11-08)
A Bengal cat is brought in with a broken back and dislocated spine from being hit by a car.

Christmas special[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"The Supervet at Christmas"21 December 2017 (2017-12-21)
In this festive special, Professor Noel helps a Humboldt penguin with an unhappy foot.

Series 11[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"Episode 1"28 February 2018 (2018-02-28)
The new series starts with tiny Jackhuahua puppy needing emergency spinal surgery.
2"Episode 2"7 March 2018 (2018-03-07)
A beloved bulldog needs new knees. And a pug called Doug requires risky spinal surgery.
3"Episode 3"14 March 2018 (2018-03-14)
A tortoiseshell cat needs a bionic implant. A Tibetan terrier faces surgery for dysplasia.
4"Episode 4"21 March 2018 (2018-03-21)
A Labrador puppy needs fitted plates and stem cell injections for elbow disease.
5"Episode 5"28 March 2018 (2018-03-28)
Some celebrity dazzle as Take That's Mark Owen brings his Doberman to the surgery.
6"Episode 6"4 April 2018 (2018-04-04)
Sports pundit Lee Dixon brings his beloved rescue dog to see Professor Noel.

Series 11[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1"Episode 1"12 September 2018 (2018-09-12)
A golden Labrador needs a bionic solution for a deformed front paw.
2"Episode 2"19 September 2018 (2018-09-19)

Awards[edit]

The Supervet was shortlisted for the 2014, 2015[24] and 2016[25] TV Choice Awards in the category of Best Factual Entertainment and Lifestyle Show.[26]

References[edit]

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