He’s treated the dogs of the rich and famous including Meghan Markle, ITV’s Declan Donnelly and broadcaster Chris Evans, but how does Channel 4’s The Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick live up to its name?
We take a look at his amazing career.
Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, star of Channel 4’s hit documentary series The Supervet, is arguably the UK’s most famous and popular veterinarian. His shows are regularly seen by over two million viewers
But he is also a scientist, inventor and innovator in his field. As the world’s leading neuro-orthopedic veterinarian, his breakthrough surgical procedures have changed the lives – and life chances – of many of our nation’s pets.
Noel has successfully implanted fully integrated prostheses in limbs of dogs and cats that would otherwise have been amputated. And he has grown millions of new cells from stem cell samples to replace the cartilage in damaged joints.
He even made it into the Guinness Book of Records when he gave the world’s first bionic cat feet to a cat named Oscar, and his cutting-edge processes are proof that he is constantly pushing the boundaries of veterinary medicine.
How it all started
Despite being a superhero now, Noel had a difficult childhood and suffered at the hands of school bullies.
Growing up on a farm in Ireland, he said that when he lost two sheep at the age of 10 he knew he wanted to make a career with animals.
The son of a farmer, Noel grew up in Ballyfin, a small village in County Laois, Ireland, and it was his experiences on the farm that gave rise to his desire to help animals.
He says: “When I was ten I lost my first two lambs in a field and thought I am not good enough, I am not strong enough, I am not brave enough, I feel inadequate.
“Then I went to high school and was bullied, so I felt even more inadequate and I’ve carried that feeling all my life.”
His beloved German Shepherd, Pirate, brought comfort from the tyrants who plagued him at school and inspired Noel to enter the world of veterinary science – and set him on a path to science and television success.
Become the superveter
After graduating from Dublin University with a degree in Veterinary Science, Noel stayed in Ireland for a while before leaving his farm animal practice in rural Ireland to set up Fitzpatrick’s referrals in Surrey, one of the most advanced small animal specialty centers in the world.
Noel has developed more than 20 breakthrough procedures and implant systems, including techniques for correcting growth deformities and rescuing limbs with the aid of prostheses.
In 2010, the BBC commissioned a six-episode series called Bionic Vet that showcases some of the science behind his work, and Noel and his veterinary practice team Fitzpatrick Referrals are also the focus of Channel 4’s The Supervet, which has been running for 14 series running.
When The Supervet started, Noel said he wanted to tell a story about love, hope, and science, that recognizes people’s attachment to animals, and how much families do for their pets in return for the unconditional love they give.
“I’ve always said that and I firmly believe that people don’t care what you know until they know you care,” he once told the Yorkshire Post. “And the other thing I say a lot is that hugging is half the cure. And that comes from a surgeon who will spend seven hours in the theater putting pieces of Meccano back together to save a limb or a spine.
“I think compassion is at the core of everything, and in a world that is becoming increasingly disconnected from the things that are really important in society – love, hope, compassion – and in a world where those things are really needed the only place we can always expect this to be in our love for an animal that is a family member. “
Through the Humanimal Trust charity founded by Noel, he advocates collaboration between veterinarians, human doctors, bioengineers and scientists for the benefit of all living beings.
He sees a “new and bright future” that will enable veterinary and human medicine to move forward together.
He is also the author of two books: Listening to the Animals: Becoming the Supervet (2018) and How Animals Saved My Life: Being the Supervet (2020).
He is married to his job
Noel is not married and has no children.
Previously, he admitted that he would like to settle down one day, but for now he is fully committed to his job, where he works 16 hours a day.
He told the Irish Times: “I would like to get married one day and have children, but the woman should know that she is always second only to practice.”
The celebrities love him as much as we do, but Noel says he has compassion for every single owner who walks through his door, whether he’s a millionaire or a homeless person.
He said, “Beastmen are the best of people because they understand unconditional love. Companion animals are really the symbols in a crisis of love, hope and redemption. We are all in transit, but this love, which we have shared with animals for 10 or 12 years, determines our lives. “
Does Noel have a dog?
He definitely does. He is the proud owner of Keira, who suffered the trauma of being hit by a van last year. (Look at her his Instagram ).
He recently wrote: “No matter what life has thrown on her, she stands up and greets with a smile every day: ‘Bring it on!”
“Every moment is an opportunity for joy in her world and she is living her best life.”
Noel finished his message: “My little girl swallows every drop of rain or sunshine – no matter what the weather – and what ups and downs life brings. She is a wonderful teacher to me every day of my life and I love her indescribably. “
You can see The Supervet on All4.