Listening to the Animals
THE NO.1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. 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.

Listening to the Animals Details

TitleListening to the Animals
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 18th, 2018
PublisherTrapeze
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Animals, Autobiography, Memoir

Listening to the Animals Review

  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Noel Fitzpatrick is perhaps best known in the UK for his tv programme ‘The Supervet’, which centres around his small animal practice treating exceptionally difficult cases with a certain degree of innovation and passion. His book looks deeper into this passion for his work, as well as expanding on Noel’s life growing up in rural Ireland, and his difficult route to the so called ‘field of dreams’.I have so much respect of Noel. He h I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Noel Fitzpatrick is perhaps best known in the UK for his tv programme ‘The Supervet’, which centres around his small animal practice treating exceptionally difficult cases with a certain degree of innovation and passion. His book looks deeper into this passion for his work, as well as expanding on Noel’s life growing up in rural Ireland, and his difficult route to the so called ‘field of dreams’.I have so much respect of Noel. He has a wonderful work, and life, ethic - believing that you can achieve anything if you work hard enough for it. And he has shown that himself from the large amount of time and effort he’s put into his profession, advancing veterinary medicine to the benefit of thousands of animals. Reading about Noel’s upbringing on a rural Irish farm, there’s a vulnerability to his writing that makes him instantly endearing. It really feels like he’s writing from the heart and you can feel his passion and warmth. He writes honestly about his struggles with bullies and the isolation he felt, and growing up with the beloved farm dog Pirate, who was his only confidante. At times I was truely brought close to tears. I particularly enjoyed the later chapters, as we join Noel on his quest to secure his own practice and improve the veterinary medicine specialisms of orthopaedics and neurosurgery. I have a dachshund myself, and I know that in the future we may have back problems in Monty that 10 years ago would have meant he would have been put down. Now, thanks to Noel, there’s a hope within the field that he could undergo procedures that could lead to a long and healthy life. That’s all down to Noel and his absolute belief in what he does. Thank you Noel. If only more people had the compassion you show for our four legged family members. If anything, I would have liked to have read more tales from the various practices he ‘locumed’ for, as I think he spent a greater amount of time describing his experiences on farm animal cases (which I still really enjoyed - especially the story about the drunk lads and the cow ceasarean!). But, honestly, I really enjoyed this. A must read for any animal lover, told with no end of enthusiasm and love.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a huge fan of the TV show The Supervet, so when I discovered there was a book out about Professor Noel Fitzpatrick I knew I had to get a copy and I’m so glad I did. This is the story of how Noel became a world-renowned Neuro-orthopedic veterinary surgeon. We follow Noel from his childhood years growing up, the family farm in Ireland to his school days where he was bullied which was distressing to read about. Overcoming all of that, he continued with schooling and studying to become t I have been a huge fan of the TV show The Supervet, so when I discovered there was a book out about Professor Noel Fitzpatrick I knew I had to get a copy and I’m so glad I did. This is the story of how Noel became a world-renowned Neuro-orthopedic veterinary surgeon. We follow Noel from his childhood years growing up, the family farm in Ireland to his school days where he was bullied which was distressing to read about. Overcoming all of that, he continued with schooling and studying to become the extraordinary and very talented man he is today who has saved so many creatures through his remarkable knowledge and skills. This is one amazing memoir, which I cannot speak highly enough of. I utterly LOVED this book and I have no hesitation in HIGHLY recommending it to anyone who like to read memoirs, non fiction or animal related stories.
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  • Nicola Clough
    January 1, 1970
    I love watching the supervet so much and couldn't wait to read this book. I have never laughed and cried so much at the same time the book is simply brilliant and tells the story of Noel from childhood through to adulthood and how he had to work to become a vet but also shows how he had a hard life with the bullies but how determined he was to get what he wanted. He's an amazing guy and his book is simply brilliant from the first page and lovely to hear of his early life and what he has achieved I love watching the supervet so much and couldn't wait to read this book. I have never laughed and cried so much at the same time the book is simply brilliant and tells the story of Noel from childhood through to adulthood and how he had to work to become a vet but also shows how he had a hard life with the bullies but how determined he was to get what he wanted. He's an amazing guy and his book is simply brilliant from the first page and lovely to hear of his early life and what he has achieved. It's great to hear about the animals that helped him paved the way for his journey and how he has had highs and lows. Simply fantastic and worth far more than five stars so grateful be wrote this book.
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  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    If anyone loves dogs and cats, or just animals in general and the revolutionary ways veterinary medicine can now save our beloved pets from things that could have meant disaster years ago, this book is one for you.Noel Fitzpatrick is best known as ‘The Supervet’ thanks to the programme of the same name on Channel 4 and gives viewers an inside look at his veterinary surgery where he and his team use a range of bionics, engineering and mechanics to create a new life for seriously ill pets.In his If anyone loves dogs and cats, or just animals in general and the revolutionary ways veterinary medicine can now save our beloved pets from things that could have meant disaster years ago, this book is one for you.Noel Fitzpatrick is best known as ‘The Supervet’ thanks to the programme of the same name on Channel 4 and gives viewers an inside look at his veterinary surgery where he and his team use a range of bionics, engineering and mechanics to create a new life for seriously ill pets.In his book, Noel Fitzparick details his journey from farmer’s son who struggled at first in school to one of the most famous veterinary surgeons alive today. I loved hearing Noel’s journey from very modest beginnings and seeing how his Irish upbringing really stayed with him throughout his life (even with just still saying ‘Mammy and Daddy’ in adulthood like a true Irish country boy). The writing in this book felt very authentically like Noel, and anyone who watches the show or who has heard him speak knows that that sounds like. I could hear him in my head as I read the book, and the words felt like him through and through which I appreciated. There were some whacky quirks and stories that Noel shared at several points in the book that really made me laugh (for example scattering piles of Pringles around the room to motivate him to write his lectures quicker for a well-earned snack).I was lucky enough to also attend Noel’s arena tour when he came to Dublin so parts of the book weren’t new to me because I’d heard him talk about it while on stage but there was a lot more in the book that gave me an even better understanding of everything.I really enjoyed reading this, and really recommend it for anyone who loves watching The Supervet or just loves books about people who save animals on a daily basis!
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  • Margaret Bamford
    January 1, 1970
    I love this book as it shows how hard he worked to get where he is today. He is an inspiration to anyone who is an animal lover.
  • Alayne Emmett
    January 1, 1970
    That was an interesting book to read. I admire Noel Fitzpatrick and what he does to help animals so reading this was quite an eye-opener as he has had a big struggle in his life to get to where he is today. Some of it was a bit technical but I got through it .
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  • AnnMarie Lucas
    January 1, 1970
    Such a good book written by such a lovely man!
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I truly enjoy The Supervet, a TV show about love and hope. In Listening to the Animals, Noel takes the reader back to his childhood on a farm in Ireland, where his vet dreams once began. The first 100 pages cover his life on the farm, childhood fantasies and anecdotes that shaped him. Other themes are the prominence of religion in 1970s rural Ireland, childhood bullying and self-doubt. I had mixed feelings about this part of the book - I found some of it interesting and some not. In many ways, L I truly enjoy The Supervet, a TV show about love and hope. In Listening to the Animals, Noel takes the reader back to his childhood on a farm in Ireland, where his vet dreams once began. The first 100 pages cover his life on the farm, childhood fantasies and anecdotes that shaped him. Other themes are the prominence of religion in 1970s rural Ireland, childhood bullying and self-doubt. I had mixed feelings about this part of the book - I found some of it interesting and some not. In many ways, Listening to the Animals is an ode to Noel's parents.Noel gives himself wholeheartedly in this book. We learn about his ambitious journey from taking care of sheep and cows to dogs and cats and the hard work behind. Noel continuously pushes the boundaries for innovative solutions in an evolving field, including custom implants and bionic limbs. He recounts the animals and people he has met along the way and the impact they have had on his life, and the difficult decisions that often have to be made and the ethics behind it.I took away two key messages - Firstly, work hard and there is no stopping you. However, the flip side in Noel's case has been zero work-life balance and failed relationships. I feel anxious just reading about his hectic lifestyle operating seven days per week, studying, lecturing, setting up a charity and taking part in a TV show. The second key message is that human medicine has a lot to learn from animal medicine and vice versa, sharing knowledge and learning. All in all a good read provoking some insightful discussion around the future of veterinary (and human) medicine.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    Just loved this book , the man is wonderful.I did feel that he found talking about his early life in Ireland, and his romantic attachments, a little awkward. However the chapters on his patients, and the building of his dreamed of practice, were so interesting that I could not put the book down.The way that Noel is so absorbed in his work, and the way he seemed to find a little difficulty socialising whilst in his youth, made me wonder if he is one of those lovely fascinating people on the autis Just loved this book , the man is wonderful.I did feel that he found talking about his early life in Ireland, and his romantic attachments, a little awkward. However the chapters on his patients, and the building of his dreamed of practice, were so interesting that I could not put the book down.The way that Noel is so absorbed in his work, and the way he seemed to find a little difficulty socialising whilst in his youth, made me wonder if he is one of those lovely fascinating people on the autism spectrum.The book is really worth a read. Top marks Noel.
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  • Rhona Lattka
    January 1, 1970
    It took me a few chapters to fully get into, but once I did I couldn’t stop. Noel has such incredible stories to tell. It’s clear he really is a genuine and fantastic person. Heartwarming story.
  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    I have always enjoyed watching Noel Fitzpatrick's TV programme The Supervet and so was delighted to be given this memoir. From his early years on a farm in Ireland to his creation of a state-of-the-art Referrals Centre in Surrey, this is a heartwarming and enjoyable story.I guess many readers come to biographies looking to learn more about the subject's personal life, and Noel Fitzpatrick does share stories of his childhood and his romantic relationships. However, these chapters are rather sti I have always enjoyed watching Noel Fitzpatrick's TV programme The Supervet and so was delighted to be given this memoir. From his early years on a farm in Ireland to his creation of a state-of-the-art Referrals Centre in Surrey, this is a heartwarming and enjoyable story.I guess many readers come to biographies looking to learn more about the subject's personal life, and Noel Fitzpatrick does share stories of his childhood and his romantic relationships. However, these chapters are rather stilted and Fitzpatrick seems much less comfortable dealing with these subjects than when he writes about the animals he cares for and about a life dedicated to pushing the boundaries of veterinary medicine.Fortunately I was much more interested in Noel's scientific advances than his friends and lovers, and enjoyed his enthusiasm for his life's work and his compassion and warmth towards the animals he treats and their families. I found the technical detail of how he creates his innovative prostheses fascinating, and he also offers a compelling vision of a potential future where scientific and technological advances can come to replace the requirement for medical experiments on live animals.Very enjoyable insight into the challenges and successes of this popular TV personality, nice Christmas reading.
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  • Rebecca If Only I Could Read Faster
    January 1, 1970
    I have watched Noel Fitzpatrick on television since his days on the BBC as The Bionic Vet. Of course, now he is better known as The Supervet, star of the Channel Four programme that has been shown on prime time tv for years.From what I have seen about Noel, he really is someone very special, his dedication is clearly evident, as is his genuine love of animals, and the fact that he loves hugs.I have often wondered about who he is, the man behind the vet. What drives him to work more hours in the I have watched Noel Fitzpatrick on television since his days on the BBC as The Bionic Vet. Of course, now he is better known as The Supervet, star of the Channel Four programme that has been shown on prime time tv for years.From what I have seen about Noel, he really is someone very special, his dedication is clearly evident, as is his genuine love of animals, and the fact that he loves hugs.I have often wondered about who he is, the man behind the vet. What drives him to work more hours in the day than is healthy? There has never been any mention of relationships or even friends outside the vet practice, but surely there must be some life outside of it? And why does he hug pretty much everyone that he meets?Listening To The Animals answers all of those questions. Growing up on an Irish farm was clearly tough and taught Noel some valuable lessons about hard work, although I think that most people will agree that the hours that he puts in are not healthy. The bullying that he suffered was heartbreaking to read, how lonely and isolated he felt as a little boy with only a farm dog to talk to about his worries. I loved how he knew from so early on that he wanted to be a vet and my goodness I’m not sure that I’ve ever heard of anyone working harder than he did to reach his goal. Serious respect to the man, whatever you may think of him, he is someone that will not be beaten and if one way of reaching his goal doesn’t work then he will find another way. Some of his stories were hilarious and had me chuckling away as I read.I enjoyed reading about some of his hobbies that he loved and learnt from, although all fell to the wayside as work took over his life. And we also heard about relationships, here he was very honest with us, I’m not sure that I really needed to know how old he was when he lost his virginity, but it was an interesting chapter.I also had no idea what went into building his practice, both in sweat and tears, but also money and debt. I told someone that I had read the book and the only thing that they said was ‘He must be so rich.’ I may have thought the same, but now I know better. He is not in the job for the money, it really is all about the animals.He talked a lot about his love of Kiera, a little dog that he shares with a vet nurse because he is aware that his lifestyle is not one that would be fair for a dog. The relationship between man and their dog is a complex one, one that I think is often dismissed by people who have never had a dog and even some who have, but what makes Noel such an amazing vet is that he totally understands this. In fact, I think that he has a better understanding of that love and connection and how important it is than most people. I have a dog and I’ve been lucky enough to have had two other dogs who sadly died from old age, all three were part of my family but I am sure that I could not articulate the depth of the feeling that I have or have had for my dogs as well as Noel has.At the time of writing the book, it appeared that Noel was single, I’ve always had a bit of a ‘thing’ for him, so if you’re reading this Noel and fancy meeting up then do get in touch!Thank you to Trapeze Books for a copy of Listening To The Animals: Becoming The Supervet by Noel Fitzpatrick. I was under no obligation to review the book and all thoughts are my own.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    It is always interesting to read a book like this, about someone who has had a lifelong passion for what they do. Noel Fitzpatrick was a bit of a lonely boy growing up on a rural Irish farm, who develops an persona of Vetman - someone who protects and looks after all animals. He has gone on to specialize in Neuro and Ortho cases, to develop new procedures and new prosthetics for animals, lecture in the UK and Us and open his own hospital, as well as appearing in The Supervet on television.As I'v It is always interesting to read a book like this, about someone who has had a lifelong passion for what they do. Noel Fitzpatrick was a bit of a lonely boy growing up on a rural Irish farm, who develops an persona of Vetman - someone who protects and looks after all animals. He has gone on to specialize in Neuro and Ortho cases, to develop new procedures and new prosthetics for animals, lecture in the UK and Us and open his own hospital, as well as appearing in The Supervet on television.As I've got older I can't watch many shows about animals being in pain, but have watched a couple of his shows and you have to admire his dedication to trying to do the best for the dogs and cats and people he looks after. I didn't realize until I had read the book that he is trying to integrate the sharing of information and techniques between human and animal medicine.
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  • Zara
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely love Noel Fitzpatrick and his TV series 'The Supervet' so I was extremely excited when I heard he had a book coming out. His book doesn't disappoint, and is extremely inspiring - he has led an interesting life, has had his ups and downs, experienced bullying at school, sadly puts himself down even now (why, Noel, why??), but as his TV series shows, he has come out the other side shining and successful - there's one up to those bullies! Well done, Noel!
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  • Chloé
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe just a little bit biased though.
  • Chris H
    January 1, 1970
    Very interesting insight into the early years of a remarkable man. Mostly entertaining though sometimes a little over technical
  • Misfits farm
    January 1, 1970
    Noel. Where do I begin. Many of us have admired him since watching “Supervet” on the TV. I remember watching this first TV appearances as “The Bionic Vet” before he was so well known by the great British public. This is the story of his life, from his humble beginnings on a farm and how he tentatively and sometimes brutally(due to the conditions such as cold and wet) learned the beginnings of his skills which we today see as the eminent surgeon that he is through to having his dream of his pract Noel. Where do I begin. Many of us have admired him since watching “Supervet” on the TV. I remember watching this first TV appearances as “The Bionic Vet” before he was so well known by the great British public. This is the story of his life, from his humble beginnings on a farm and how he tentatively and sometimes brutally(due to the conditions such as cold and wet) learned the beginnings of his skills which we today see as the eminent surgeon that he is through to having his dream of his practice and One medicine. The love for his parents and that his father never told him he was proud of him but that “he saw it in his eyes”. The bullying he endured at school being from the country and knowing very little (and handwriting that still hasn’t improved much- his own words!). He tells us as it is and explains in details some of the operations and his dreams. One Medicine- where human and animal medicine come together for the common good and instead of giving an animal a disease or “injury” use the veterinary world where this has happened for real to gain insight. Lives saved at both ends. This man is an inspiration. Having been privileged to met him he is everything you see on TV and more. His love for animals and enthusiasm is infectious and if we can all just change one person to be kinder to animals, we will have changed the world for that one animal. Whether it’s not buying caged eggs (Please buy free range) or giving loose change to an animal charity, every little counts. For me as with many others and Noel himself, animals make the world go around and give us so very much it’s hard to put into words. They get some of us through very tough times and some would not be here if it wasn’t for an animal needing them. A hug, a lick, something to nuzzle into and know how we feel. Sentient beings whom we treasure like no other. Thank you Noel. You have brought our feelings to the masses and changed so many lives for the better both animal and human. One of my books of the year 5** and 10* if I could. For more reviews please see my blog http://nickibookblog.blogspot.co.uk/or follow me on Twitter @nickijmurphy1Amazon Top 1000 reviewer.
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  • Pete
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to read and enjoy this book, having been given it as a Christmas present. However I found it rather disappointing, and strangely it read almost like three different books, each third (roughly) is written completely differently and each has its good and bad points.But before I get on to the actual book, I have to say that I find the author's work, dedication, compassion and obvious intelligence truly inspirational and I love the 'Supervet' TV series which is completely unique and I really wanted to read and enjoy this book, having been given it as a Christmas present. However I found it rather disappointing, and strangely it read almost like three different books, each third (roughly) is written completely differently and each has its good and bad points.But before I get on to the actual book, I have to say that I find the author's work, dedication, compassion and obvious intelligence truly inspirational and I love the 'Supervet' TV series which is completely unique and compelling. But, back to the book, the first section is about Professor Fitzpatricks childhood, school etc. and I actually found this quite depressing to read, as the emphasis was almost completely on the hardships and negatives that he encountered, and although he does in passing mention some happy times, it is almost as though he is embarrassed to have had any pleasurable experiences.The middle section covers vet school and his early days as a vet, and was for me the most enjoyable part of the book, with some amusing anecdotes to leaven the continuing negativity.The last part of the book deals with his struggles to get his wonderful current practice set up and also with some very in depth details of his philosophy, aims and the charity he has set up to promote his 'One Medicine' dream. I actually found this provoked a strange mixture of admiration for what he has achieved (and sacrificed) but also quite hard going as it delves into some very deep and important issues, this wasn't helped by the writing which I found quite inaccessible and difficult to understand and certain concepts were repeated almost verbatim several times, maybe this was done deliberately to provide emphasis, but I found it a bit irritating. So, I shall continue to be in awe of what the author has achieved, and rather sad that he has sacrificed so much to achieve it, but I'm afraid that I won't be reading any more books by him. Sorry.
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  • Julie Haigh
    January 1, 1970
    Supervet - Super book!James Herriot's books were among the first memoirs I read many years ago. Since then I've read a few more of this type of book, and recently 3 on the trot. Noel Fitzpatrick's book was wonderful and certainly lived up to all expectations.He relates his family story, and circumstances which made him desire to become a vet. The book starts with his childhood in Ireland. At the age of 10, he's already dealing with lambing. He lives on a farm, it's the norm. Farming was in the f Supervet - Super book!James Herriot's books were among the first memoirs I read many years ago. Since then I've read a few more of this type of book, and recently 3 on the trot. Noel Fitzpatrick's book was wonderful and certainly lived up to all expectations.He relates his family story, and circumstances which made him desire to become a vet. The book starts with his childhood in Ireland. At the age of 10, he's already dealing with lambing. He lives on a farm, it's the norm. Farming was in the family-his father, his father's father, etc. Even at this early age, he's an old hand at this sort of thing. He's been dealing with birthing since about two years previous. Oh my, already my emotions were involved. The first chapter left me breathless. This was so well written. Lovely anecdotes from his early life, told with warmth and humour. Some of it is very hard circumstances; farm life, the inevitability of things for the cows and sheep. Filled with both happy memories, and hard times. From those hard beginnings in Ireland, how far he has come. He hadn't been a top of the class student-far from it, things didn't come easy for him. But work, work, work he did.I've only seen Noel Fitzpatrick in brief spats on TV, in between work etc. My mum watches him and has quite a soft spot for him. So I was coming to his book not really knowing much about him. I absolutely loved it! A wonderful read.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book. I’ve watched The Supervet for years and am always impressed with the love and compassion Noel has for both his fluffy patients and their human families. His ability to explain what’s going on and comfort them is not something every vet is able to do. This book is not focused on Noel and his life so if you’re looking for a gossipy, tell-all this isn’t the book for you. If you’re looking for a book that encourages hard work, believing in yourself, dedication, taking r I absolutely loved this book. I’ve watched The Supervet for years and am always impressed with the love and compassion Noel has for both his fluffy patients and their human families. His ability to explain what’s going on and comfort them is not something every vet is able to do. This book is not focused on Noel and his life so if you’re looking for a gossipy, tell-all this isn’t the book for you. If you’re looking for a book that encourages hard work, believing in yourself, dedication, taking risks and surrounding yourself with people who push you to be better then this is the book for you! It does delve into aspects of his life and what made him become a vet. But it also looks at why we need to treat animals with compassion and how the surgery he performs on them can have positive impacts on research for surgery in humans. This is definitely worth a read even if you’ve never seen the series and have no idea who this man is!
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  • ms daisy mcinnes
    January 1, 1970
    If you have ever had your heart taken by an animal this book is for youIf you have ever been lucky to feel the unconditional love of an animal, and the pain that comes when you finally have too part, the book will inspire, uplift, and make you cry all in equal measure, if this man's love, compassion, ambition, drive and sheer selfishness could be bottled the world would be a much greater place. Here's to the man who not only talks to the animals he listens to them too. He has dedicated and in tu If you have ever had your heart taken by an animal this book is for youIf you have ever been lucky to feel the unconditional love of an animal, and the pain that comes when you finally have too part, the book will inspire, uplift, and make you cry all in equal measure, if this man's love, compassion, ambition, drive and sheer selfishness could be bottled the world would be a much greater place. Here's to the man who not only talks to the animals he listens to them too. He has dedicated and in turn sacrificed so much not just for the love of animals,but also for the lessons we all need to know for humanity's sake. I hope is sacrifice is not all in vain, and he finds someone to share his life with, as he deserves human love, not just animal love, although he has shown just how equal animal love can be. More power too this man's elbow. Not only is he a supervet, but a superman. He instills inspiration that is beyond words.
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  • Louise
    January 1, 1970
    The book starts with Noel Fitzpatrick recalling how he used to get up at two o'clock in the morning as a ten year to go off into the fields during lambing time. It was 1978 at his family's farm in Ballyfin, Republic of Ireland. He tells of his fathers' fiercely strong work ethic and how he educated him in every aspect of farming.Noel remembers extreme bullying at school and how incredibly hard he had to work to qualify as a vet. Later chapters reflect on his total dedication to veterinary medici The book starts with Noel Fitzpatrick recalling how he used to get up at two o'clock in the morning as a ten year to go off into the fields during lambing time. It was 1978 at his family's farm in Ballyfin, Republic of Ireland. He tells of his fathers' fiercely strong work ethic and how he educated him in every aspect of farming.Noel remembers extreme bullying at school and how incredibly hard he had to work to qualify as a vet. Later chapters reflect on his total dedication to veterinary medicine, masterminding pioneering surgical techniques and a belief that there should be one medicine for both humans and animals.The Supervet is a humble, compassionate and immensely endearing man. His story shows that with grit and determination anything can be achieved. We, as pet owners, are so lucky to have someone with a heart and brain the size of Noels and many, many animals are alive today because he never gave up on them.
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    It is clear that Noel has put his heart and soul into this book, laying himself bare and readily acknowledging his flaws and the effect that they have had on his life, both personally and professionally. He paints the picture of a highly dedicated man: to the theory of "One Medicine" for both humans and animals, to his practice, and to the animals he treats, often to his own personal detriment. My favourite parts of the book were the first and last few chapters. His account of growing up on a fa It is clear that Noel has put his heart and soul into this book, laying himself bare and readily acknowledging his flaws and the effect that they have had on his life, both personally and professionally. He paints the picture of a highly dedicated man: to the theory of "One Medicine" for both humans and animals, to his practice, and to the animals he treats, often to his own personal detriment. My favourite parts of the book were the first and last few chapters. His account of growing up on a farm in rural Ireland makes it clear how he was shaped into the man he is today and provides a fascinating look at a bygone era. It took me slightly longer than expected to get through the middle chapters, but not because they aren't enjoyable. The only reason I can think of is that he occasionally jumps around a little in the timeline - it is not always clear whether six months or ten years have passed - while the beginning and end focus unambiguously on his childhood and the present. They still prove to be good material - it simply doesn't flow as well and is the reason for this review being 4 stars.The final chapters feature case studies from the TV shows The Bionic Vet and The Supervet as well as some 'behind the scenes' regarding how these came into production. Without spoiling, they simply exemplify the sheer dedication Noel has for science communication generally and improving public perception of "One Medicine" specifically.Overall, this biographical account is a good mix of personal and professional stories and provide much evidence for why Noel is the person he is today. What more can you expect from such a book? Having never seen any of the TV shows prior to reading, they are definitely something I'll be catching up on, and I have a great deal more respect for Noel and the work he does than before.
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  • Sarah Knight
    January 1, 1970
    There is so much more to Noel Fitzpatrick than what we see as The Supervet. This is a memoir, charting his life from a boy on a farm in Ballyfin to the vet the majority of us think we know today, who specialises in bionic limbs for animals and fights for communication and knowledge sharing between veterinary science and human science. It's an incredibly honest book, where Noel openly talks about his failings and struggles, as well as his successes. Who would have thought he was a nervous public There is so much more to Noel Fitzpatrick than what we see as The Supervet. This is a memoir, charting his life from a boy on a farm in Ballyfin to the vet the majority of us think we know today, who specialises in bionic limbs for animals and fights for communication and knowledge sharing between veterinary science and human science. It's an incredibly honest book, where Noel openly talks about his failings and struggles, as well as his successes. Who would have thought he was a nervous public speaker and to this day hates exams! He has been an actor, gaining parts in popular TV dramas and a film or two. He worked tirelessly to fund his education, holding down numerous jobs at the same time, catching the minimum of sleep wherever and whenever he could - toilet floors were not unusual. Throughout his writing, his respect and love for animals is clear and obviously the driving force for what he does. Being a vet is a true passion for him and is has to be- at the expense of his own personal life and constant financial bargaining and pleading with the bank to keep and continue growing Fitzpatrick referrals. He has a deep love for his family- in particular his late Daddy and wickedly humorous and sharp Mammy. He talks about some of his more challenging and well known cases, describing his thought processes in trying to fix an injury or ailment. You don't have to be a Supervet fan to enjoy this book.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    I don't usually read biographies, but made an exception for this person, seeing as they have a Border Terrier. And I am very fond of Border Terrier's, since Impi joined our family in 2006. The story, which in effect it is, is well written and engaging. In fact it reminded me somewhat of Graham Norton's book 'A Keeper' in the way that it was written.There are technical veterinary terms in the book, but these are explained, sometimes with other technical terms in brackets, to expand the informatio I don't usually read biographies, but made an exception for this person, seeing as they have a Border Terrier. And I am very fond of Border Terrier's, since Impi joined our family in 2006. The story, which in effect it is, is well written and engaging. In fact it reminded me somewhat of Graham Norton's book 'A Keeper' in the way that it was written.There are technical veterinary terms in the book, but these are explained, sometimes with other technical terms in brackets, to expand the information being given. It is relevant to the story, so nothing to be alarmed by. Noel keeps the level very appropriate to anyone reading as a lay person. His tone is chatty and he regales the reader with his childhood antics set in Ballyfin and continues on into his adulthood with trials and tribulations as he works out what he wants from, and to be, in life.I could not find anything to dislike about the book and took pleasure in reading it. His views on the human relationship with animals is on a par with my own and it was good to read someone else's opinions corresponding so well with mine. I can wholeheartedly recommend that you read this book.‘everything’s impossible until it happens!’I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.
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  • Cherryonion
    January 1, 1970
    A really inspiring and touching story of Professor Fitzpatrick's dream of 'One Medicine' and how he became the Supervet. Like many readers, I suspect, I first became aware of Noel from watching The Bionic Vet and The Supervet on TV. The man and his team are amazing, advancing veterinarian medicine into the future. I've watched the show in awe and have laughed and cried with his successes and failures. His book first describes his life growing up on a farm in rural Ireland and being relentlessly A really inspiring and touching story of Professor Fitzpatrick's dream of 'One Medicine' and how he became the Supervet. Like many readers, I suspect, I first became aware of Noel from watching The Bionic Vet and The Supervet on TV. The man and his team are amazing, advancing veterinarian medicine into the future. I've watched the show in awe and have laughed and cried with his successes and failures. His book first describes his life growing up on a farm in rural Ireland and being relentlessly bullied as a child. What's really interesting and inspiring is his humble beginnings and admission that he wasn't particularly clever or good at most things (hence the bullying). He got where he is today through crazy hard work, determination and a dream to help animals. Today he is world-renowned and striving to advance both human and veterinarian medicine together, to the disdain of some of his peers. The story itself is fascinating, although he does repeat some of the science aspects too much and some of it feels written more like a scientific paper. However the man is amazing and I hope he achieves all his dreams in his lifetime, the animals deserve it!
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  • Claire Allan
    January 1, 1970
    after a long two months, I've finally finished Listening To The Animals by Noel Fitzpatrick and have to say it was more then I was expecting and I felt so much emotion reading this book. I've watched The Supervet for years and always wanted to know more how Noel became the vet we see on The Supervet and when I found out he was writing a book I really wanted to read it and when I finally got it for Christmas I started reading it instantly and I wasn't disappointed and right from the start I was s after a long two months, I've finally finished Listening To The Animals by Noel Fitzpatrick and have to say it was more then I was expecting and I felt so much emotion reading this book. I've watched The Supervet for years and always wanted to know more how Noel became the vet we see on The Supervet and when I found out he was writing a book I really wanted to read it and when I finally got it for Christmas I started reading it instantly and I wasn't disappointed and right from the start I was sucked in and hit with the emotion of the story about Noel and the baby lambs and further along in the book I smiled and laughed about the story about the two drunk guys and a cow cesarean and Noel losing his glasses inside a cow as well.this book is well worth the read if you love animals and/or watch The Supervet vet even if you don't it is insightful about the different procedures Noel has created or tweaked and where he wants the veterinary and human medicine to go in the future.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    I very much enjoyed this book. I'm a huge fan of the Supervet TV series and was delighted to see his memoir. He describes his life growing up on a farm in rural Ireland and the events which were to plant the desire in him to become a vet. He writes with such warmth about his parents and siblings and there are some wonderful descriptions of his early days as a vet.I was amazed at his desire to become a specialist orthopaedic surgeon and at all that was involved in creating 'bionic' limbs for dogs I very much enjoyed this book. I'm a huge fan of the Supervet TV series and was delighted to see his memoir. He describes his life growing up on a farm in rural Ireland and the events which were to plant the desire in him to become a vet. He writes with such warmth about his parents and siblings and there are some wonderful descriptions of his early days as a vet.I was amazed at his desire to become a specialist orthopaedic surgeon and at all that was involved in creating 'bionic' limbs for dogs and cats who would otherwise have been euthanised. He However he had a dream to create a specialist facility and he has worked tirelessly to build Fitzpatrick Referrals one of the most advanced veterinary hospitals in the world. None of this came about easily and I have to admire his dedication to bringing this about. What a vision, what a man. Truly he is the Supervet.
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  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    This is Noel’s story of how from very humble beginnings in rural Ireland he became the much loved vet we see on television today. From the most basic education, he propelled himself forward by exceedingly hard work to achieve his aims and goals in life. I loved and found most of this book fascinating, obviously the animals encountered and their treatments, if needed, but the conference and lecture sections were decidedly dull and I had to skim read them. His love for the beasts shines out of the This is Noel’s story of how from very humble beginnings in rural Ireland he became the much loved vet we see on television today. From the most basic education, he propelled himself forward by exceedingly hard work to achieve his aims and goals in life. I loved and found most of this book fascinating, obviously the animals encountered and their treatments, if needed, but the conference and lecture sections were decidedly dull and I had to skim read them. His love for the beasts shines out of the pages. The book was funny, sad, depressing and happy and it’s wonderful that there is such a person who has done so much to help our beloved animals and long may it continue. I was given this ARC by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kelly Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this was a great book. Especially for any animal lovers or fans of his show. There are technical aspects of the book that may be difficult for some to get through, I didn't mind them. It was heartbreaking sometimes, when we are reminded of just how short our four-legged friends are here and sometimes what limited options we have to help them. It was also very sweet to see his love for his BFF Pirate from all those years ago and how prominently Pirate remains a part of his life. Anyone with Wow, this was a great book. Especially for any animal lovers or fans of his show. There are technical aspects of the book that may be difficult for some to get through, I didn't mind them. It was heartbreaking sometimes, when we are reminded of just how short our four-legged friends are here and sometimes what limited options we have to help them. It was also very sweet to see his love for his BFF Pirate from all those years ago and how prominently Pirate remains a part of his life. Anyone with a special childhood four-legged friend will definitely be able to relate. I am so thankful for this man, and that he took the time, with all his important work to share a little bit of his life with us.
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