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5th May 2014
London’s Earls Court is about to be overrun with heroic hounds, doggy dancers and musical mutts as the UK’s SUPER dogs prepare to put on an amazing showcase of canine talent hosted by TV presenter and dog lover Ben Fogle at the first ever SuperDogs Live! The competition and live show, sponsored by Direct Line Pet Insurance, takes place at the UK’s largest pet show, the London Pet Show on 17 – 18 May 2014. Noel is going to be a member of the judging team for SuperDogs Live and will be joined by the 'Barking Blondes', Jo Good and Anna Webb. Jo and Anna are both regulars in the media with a...
16th April 2014
An international team has made great advances in understanding the genetics of a painful skull abnormality called Chiari-like malformation. The inheritance of this disorder is complex and an expert genetics group headed by Dr Zoha Kibar at Sainte Justine Hospital Research Center and University of Montreal used an quantitative trait locus approach that linked DNA molecular markers with magnetic resonance imaging information gleaned by Fitzpatrick referrals and University of Surrey researcher Penny Knowler and neurologist Dr Clare Rusbridge (see http://www.fitzpatrickreferrals.co.uk/news/dr-...
4th April 2014
BSAVA 2014 is off to a tremendous start and we are hugely proud to have nurses, residents and senior surgeons involved across a variety of streams. However there is one shining star this year: Anna Tauro (Neurology Resident) will be receiving a prestigious BSAVA Award for the Clinical Research Abstract she presented last year. Anna was up against over 100 vets and won the award with her research work on Vizla Polymyositis. Anna will receive her award on Saturday, 5th April at 1530 in Hall 3 (Foyer Balcony) – if you are at BSAVA please come along to show your support!  For folks who would...
25th March 2014
The annual American Veterinary Orthopaedic Society (VOS) spring meeting this year was combined with the World Veterinary Orthopaedic conference (WVOC) and took place in Breckenridge Colorado March 1st to 8th 2014. Noel has been attending and speaking at VOS for the past 15 years and shares some special memories.  “I remember the very first time I lectured there, I was very nervous and up all night writing the lecture as usual,” he recalls, “there’s just never enough time somehow”; “anyway, I sped through the lecture at a million miles an hour and at the end Dr Gretchen Flo got up to ask...
21st March 2014
Cookie is special puppy. She was born paralysed and was rescued and rehomed by Many Tears Rescue (see here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt0dyOqDyMw – nb Cookie was originally called Mocca). It takes an extraordinary person to adopt a disabled dog and Cookie was exceptionally lucky with her new family who not only gave her a home but have done everything they can to help Cookie enjoy a normal life. They brought Cookie to the neurology team at Fitzpatricks and a MRI scan revealed that the cause of Cookie’s problem was a large cyst pressing on her spinal cord. The cyst was removed by...

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