The Supervet: Noel Fitzpatrick

The Supervet: Noel Fitzpatrick

Series 13



When a dog’s owner is an orthopedic surgeon, you’d assume they’d be pretty pragmatic about their pet’s joint disorder and what needs to be done to fix it.

But although Graham talks very knowledgeably to Noel about Bertie’s osteochondritis dissecans (a painful condition that also occurs in humans), he surprises the vet by getting emotional about his boisterous young fox red labrador. “Gosh, he’s so soppy!” Noel laughs. But what Graham finds even harder to cope with is Bertie’s mournful post-op expression and whimpers.

Also in Noel’s surgery is Sophie, a springer spaniel who’s already had several procedures on her slipping kneecap, and rescue cat Jade, who has a deformed back leg.


Noel treats a seven-month-old fox red Labrador puppy with lameness, caused by a joint defect called osteochondritis dissecans. He explains that medicine can be given, but in the end the dog may end up requiring a complete ankle replacement or a joint fusion on both sides. Jo has travelled 400 miles to bring her beloved four-year-old springer spaniel to see Noel. The pooch's kneecap keeps slipping in and out of her knee joint, and despite several previous procedures, the problems persist. After an examination by Noel, Jo faces the further worry of osteoarthritis.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Noel Fitzpatrick
Executive Producer Alex Sutherland
Series Producer James Bainbridge