I have just finished this book and feel that I want to read it all over again, but I have to hand it back to the library because there is a waiting list for it. I am very tempted to buy it, and as you know I don't buy books. It is beautifully written, full of emotion and passion, written by the wonderful Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, who is a world-renowned neuro-orthopaedic veterinary surgeon.
Noel knew from an early age that he wanted to become a vet. As a boy his beloved sheepdog Pirate was always by his side as he worked with the animals on the farm.
His vet training took him all over the world, as he relentlessly studied hard taking advantage of the highest level of training available to him. He pushed himself to the limits of physical and mental exhaustion to gain the qualifications he needed to follow his dream. Basically his work came first before everything else.
His beloved Border Terrier, Keira is the love of his life, and has been by his side as he has dealt with the ups and downs of his amazing career. He set up Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey, one of the most advanced small animal specialist centres in the world.
I have to admit that I can't watch The Supervet, I tried when it first came on the TV, but it turned me into an emotional wreck seeing the poorly animals and their distraught owners. I feel the pain of the poor creature in distress, that's why I avoid reading any stories, articles, or looking at pictures about animals in pain, because it affects me for days, weeks, even years later.
Anyway, back to the book. It's brilliant, and Noel Fitzpatrick is my superhero. I laughed, and shed a tear or two, but the book is about love, hope, and compassion and the bond between humans and animals. It's heartwarming, inspiring, and to be honest, it would make a brilliant film.
For Fitzpatrick Referrals click here.
For Noel Fitzpatrick home page click here.
For Humanimal Trust, Noel's charity, to bring together human and animal medicine, click here.