Noel is a world-class Orthopaedic-Neuro veterinary surgeon and Founder and Managing Director of one of the largest, independent veterinary referral centres in the UK, Fitzpatrick Referrals.
He is Professor of Veterinary Orthopaedics at the University of Surrey, Co-Founder of the University of Surrey Veterinary School and Associate Professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
Noel obtained his Bachelor of veterinary medicine from University College Dublin in 1990. Following scholarships at The University of Pennsylvania and The University of Ghent, he went on to complete the RCVS certificates in small animal orthopaedics and radiology. He has attained boarded specialist status by examination in both the USA and the UK, with the degrees of ACVSMR, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and DSAS(Orth), the Diploma in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics).
Noel is particularly experienced in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, spinal disc disease, limb deformities, joint replacement, regenerative medicine and limb salvage procedures.
He has established evidence for surgical techniques, orthopaedic and neurosurgical implants and elucidation of disease epidemiology. He has received the Bloomberg, Simon and Blaine Awards for teaching and contribution to veterinary surgery and has delivered more than one thousand lectures nationally and internationally. In 2018, Noel was given the great honour of being asked to deliver the keynote speech at ACVS Congress in Phoenix, Arizona.
He has been instrumental in bringing the concept of One Medicine to the fore in the UK, designing and establishing a platform for the cross-pollination of expertise and ideas between veterinary and human medicine. One Medicine is at the heart of Noel’s mission and the cornerstone of The Humanimal Trust, which is the charity he has founded and the first of its kind in the UK.