Noel Fitzpatrick: BECOMING THE SUPERVET
‘If you work hard enough and believe enough, any dream can come true,’ says Noel Fitzpatrick in this eloquent autobiography, a motto which has served him well. Relentlessly bullied at school, he took refuge in dreams of becoming a vet, dreams that were magnificently fulfilled. Growing up on a sheep farm in Ireland, he suffered an early heartbreak when two newly-born lambs froze to death. But this tragedy, an everyday occurrence in the lives of farm folk, launched him on a journey that led to the surgical and prosthetic ‘miracles’ that he now produces almost routinely at his practice in the Surrey Hills.
It has been an arduous journey that would have defeated lesser men. Decades of intense study, years of surgery small and major, months of pressuring banks into lending him the funds to create and expand his amazing facility Fitzpatrick Referrals, which TV viewers have come to cherish through a dozen series of the The Supervet.
‘The love of an animal makes us the very best we can be,’ he says in the final chapter – a sentiment we can all endorse, I’m sure. A man who has dedicated himself to saving lives has written a life-affirming book.