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A powerful, heart-warming and inspiring memoir from the UK's most famous and beloved vet, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick - star of the Channel 4 series The Supervet.

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.

October 18

Customer Reviews

Charmaine.1968 ,

Noel Fitzpatrick Becoming The Supervet Listening to the Animals

Thank you for creating this recipe of truth, determination and picturesque insight into you’re life. I literally spent a day in you’re life ( that’s how long it took me to read it) so thankful I’m not the only person who relates and relies on my soulmate the ultimate Robin.
Keep improving, evolving and always keep smiling

Jan CW ,

Hope & Light

Thanks Noel for sharing all your thoughts and love for future in animals and human surgery.
An amazing insight!

su for bronte ,

I cried with love

What a man
I am proud to share this earth with Noel
The story is searingly,heartbreakingly honest

I hope he achieves his goals and I so hope he finds the personal happiness he so much deserves.

A wonderful ,heartbreaking and uplifting read.