Noel Fitzpatrick Biography
Noel Fitzpatrick (Martin Noel Galgani Fitzpatrick) is an author, veterinary surgeon and a media personality known for the television series, The Supervet on Channel 4. He is also the Managing Director of Fitzpatrick Referrals. Additionally, he is an Orthopedics and a Neurosurgeon in Eashing, Surrey.
Noel Fitzpatrick Age
Born on December 13, 1967 in Ballyfin, Ireland, Noel is 53 years old.
Noel Fitzpatrick Height
He is 5 feet and 6 inches tall.
Noel Fitzpatrick Nationality
He is an Irish citizen.
Noel Fitzpatrick Education
In 1990, Noel graduated from the University College Dublin with a Bachelor’s in Veterinary Medicine. He was also awarded the UCD Alumni Award for veterinary medicine in November 2014. Additionally, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Surrey for the concept of One Medicine: the advancement of human and animal treatments in tandem.
He is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine and Professor and founding member of Orthopedics in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey.
Noel Fitzpatrick Parents
His parents are; Rita Fitzpatrick and Sean Fitzpatrick. His father, a farmer passed away on August 25, 2006 after suffering from a brain hemorrhage. He died aged 82 years old at Portlaoise General Hospital, the same place where Noel was born.
Even though he’s been gone for a long time, Noel still remembers him as an amazing storyteller and poet, who had a few dozen poems and madrigals at the tip of his tongue to recite with eloquent, dramatic flair.
On May 25, 2021 Noel wished his mother a happy birthday on his Instagram page. He wrote: “Happy Birthday Mammy Rita. I’m so grateful for your 92 years of love, faith and hope in the world. Without you, none of this would have been possible. Thank you so much from all the animals and people who have been lucky enough to have felt your light. I love you. Xx.”
Fitzpatrick also has five siblings, four sisters and a brother, Ashley Banjo. However, very little is known about them.
Noel Fitzpatrick Wife
The Irish Supervet is single and does not have children. However, when speaking Speaking to The Irish Times, he said: “I’d like to marry and have kids one day, but the wife would have to know she’d always come second to the practice.”
Additionally, Noel has been in relationships in the past. In his memoir, he said that several of his exes told him he was “selfish” because he spent too much time taking care of his canine and feline patients.
Noel Fitzpatrick Career
Fitzpatrick and his team at Fitzpatrick Referrals have been the subject of television series, including The Bionic Vet and The Supervet. The Supervet airs on Channel 4 since 2014 while The Bionic Vet was a 2010 BBC documentary. The series saw Noel develop new methods and techniques to help pets with unique problems.
He has also appeared on The One Show, Graham Norton’s BBC Radio 2 show, Steve Wright in the Afternoon and The Chris Evans Breakfast Show.
In 2009, he became the first veterinary surgeon in the world to successfully apply an amputation prosthesis (PerFiTS) to a cat named Oscar who had lost both hind feet in an accident. He was recognised by Guinness World Records for being the first veterinary surgeon to conduct that operation in 2014.
Additionally, Fitzpatrick has starred in two episodes of ITV’s Heartbeat as vet Andrew Lawrence, first broadcast in November 2002, and as sheep rustler Gabriel broadcast in January 2000. He also appeared in an episode of the BBC medical drama Casualty (2005). Around the same time he also 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.
Fitzpatrick appeared in the ITV series London’s Burning (2001) and two episodes of ITV’s The Bill. His first film appearance was in the horror film The Devil’s Tattoo (2003). He also took the lead role in the film Live for the Moment (2004) in which he starred as Dr. David Fowler and starred as Inspector Beckett in the film Framed (2008).
Noel Fitzpatrick Illness
In March 2020, Noel tested positive of Covid 19. In February 2021, he caught the virus again, receiving a positive test result on the same day he was called for his vaccine. He revealed that he though he would die as he battled the virus for a second time.
He also credited his cat Ricochet and dog Ciara with helping him through the illness, saying that it was his love for his pets that inspired him to ‘keep going’. “When I was lying in bed three weeks ago and I thought I was going to die, when Ricochet held my hand and Ciara looked up at me, I felt like I wanted to keep going.”
Noel Fitzpatrick Keira
Keira, Noel’s 13 year old dog was hit by a van in October 2020. The Supervet shared the news on his social media. He said: “3 weeks ago my little girl, Keira, was hit by a van. She has been in a critical state and the fear of losing her has been overwhelming. Her outlook remains unknown. I hope & keep the faith that she will be OK. I’ll bring an update when the time is right. Thank you for caring.”
Keira is now well. However, she has some scars.
Noel also filmed an emotional story, ‘Saving My Dog.’ It is about Keira’s journey right from the moment she had the accident to her treatment. On May 27, 2021, the Supervet Special Saving My Dog was aired on Channel 4.
Noel Fitzpatrick Accident
In 2020, Noel was involved in an accident at his home at night. He fell down the stairs breaking his neck. He therefore needed a neck brace.
When he was asked about the incident, he said: “Sitting there looking up at the ceiling, you stop taking for granted the things that really matter – your friends and the love in your life. And that’s what it did for me.”
Noel Fitzpatrick Malpractice
Fitzpatrick battled suicidal thoughts after he was accused of malpractice over his treatment of a tortoise. He fitted three bionic limbs to a tortoise called Hermes. This was to replace those chewed off by rats while it was hibernating.
At the end of 2018, around two months later, Hermes died from a suspected gastroenteric issue. It’s death prompted a number of vets to complain to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Eventually, Noel was cleared. However, he said that he now felt no ‘acrimony’ towards the group.
Noel Fitzpatrick Books
He is the author of the following books;
- How Animals Saved My Life: Being the Supervet (2020).
- Listening to the Animals: Becoming The Supervet (2018).
Noel Fitzpatrick Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $16 million.
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