Listen to the Animals: Becoming the Supervet by Noel Fitzpatrick

In this inspiring, uplifting and heart-warming memoir, world-renowned veterinary surgeon Professor Noel Fitzpatrick explores his journey to becoming The Supervet.

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Growing up on the family farm in Ballyfin, Ireland, Noel’s childhood was spent tending to the cattle and sheep, the hay and silage, the tractors and land, his beloved sheepdog Pirate providing solace from the bullies that plagued him at school. It was this bond with Pirate, and a fateful night spent desperately trying to save a newborn lamb, that inspired Noel to enter the world of veterinary science – and set him on the path to becoming The Supervet.

Now, in this long-awaited memoir, Noel recounts this often-surprising journey that sees him leaving behind a farm animal practice in rural Ireland to set up Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey, one of the most advanced small animal specialist centres in the world. We meet the animals that paved the way, from calving cows and corralling bullocks to talkative parrots and bionic cats and dogs.

Noel has listened to the many lessons that the animals in his care have taught him, and especially the times he has shared with his beloved Keira, the scruffy Border Terrier who has been by Noel’s side as he’s dealt with the unbelievable highs and crushing lows of his extraordinary career.

As heart-warming and life-affirming as the TV show with which he made his name, Listening to the Animals is a story of love, hope and compassion, and about rejoicing in the bond between humans and animals that makes us the very best we can be.

Weight306 g
Dimensions133 × 178 × 23 mm





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Author Noel FitzpatrickProfessor Noel Fitzpatrick, originally from Laois, Ireland, is a world leading orthopaedic-neuro veterinary surgeon recognised and respected globally as a true thought leader in his field of expertise. Noel and his team have been the subjects of a number of TV documentaries which have been broadcast internationally. In 2010 BBC commissioned the six episode Bionic Vet, showcasing some of the remarkable science of Noels procedures. In 2014 Channel 4 started airing The Supervet which has run for 10 successful series, and has the highest audience appreciation figures of any show on the channel. The programme explores the importance of the human-animal bond in society and our moral responsibility for animals in the context of advanced medical and surgical care.



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