History of Fitzpatrick Referrals

Our world renowned state-of-the-art specialist practice in Eashing is the result of more than a decade of dedication and vision by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and the team to create an unparalleled centre of expertise in small animal neuro-orthopaedics in the South East of England. Here are some key moments on our journey from 2005 to 2015:


The very first Fitzpatrick Referrals is Established in Tilford - The MRI was driven over in a truck once every fortnight and situated in the car park.

The worn down and battered original farm buildings that will be converted to become Fitzpatrick Referrals new home

The building work begins, laying the all important foundations for the future


We needed to strip back a great deal of rubble in order to start afresh, but the shape and structure of the building which gives it its' character was to remain

The central Prep area starts to take shape

Everything comes together - the outside of the building

The Hydrotherapy Pool


The first Fitzpatrick Referrals Bionic Dog

Fitzpatrick Referrals goes Bionic. Noel with Belgian Shepherd Tervueren Storm, the first dog to be fitted with an amputation prosthesis.

Storm with his new bionic paw.

The Telegraph Newspaper featuring Storm the Bionic Dog in 2007


A new identity and a new home! Fitzpatrick Referrals adopts a new logo with a dog and a cat united.

The Fitzpatrick Referrals team moves to their new home in Eashing


1st generation osseointergrated amputation prosthesis

Coal receives the 1st generation osseointergrated amputation prosthesis

The Duke of Kent formally opens the new hospital

The CT scanner arrives at the practice to enhance the Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Suite

"Bionic feet for amputee cat" - BBC News

Oscar the bionic cat who, after a combine harvester accident that left him with no hind feet, received two bionic leg implants to enable him full function again

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick enters the Guinness Book of Records for his work with Oscar the cat who received a double amputation prosthesis


The Bionic Vet airs on BBC One June 30th 2010. The show details the work of Professor Noel Fitzpatrick at Fitzpatrick Referrals which contains state of the art equipment and a dedicated team of over 100 Vets, Nurses and Support Staff. Within his surgery and along with fellow surgeons and nurses he finds new methods and techniques to help pets within more unique problems that would often leave the only option to be put to sleep. Many of these techniques had not even been attempted before but conceived in order to find solutions for pets in need when judged appropriate to do so.

The 2010 VetFest invited referring vets and vet nurses to visit Fitzpatrick Referrals and enjoy a day of CPD in a relaxed atmosphere at the practice

2010 saw the original VetFest at Fitzpatrick Referrals

The Outpatient Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Service begins at Fitzpatrick Referrals, offering referring vets the access to the most advanced diagnostic tools to assist in the diagnosis of their patients


The Fitzpatrick Learning Academy is launched to offer veterinary professionals a new spectrum of cutting edge learning, training and CPD opportunities to all

Fitzpatrick Referrals launch the expanded and refurbished patient wards. All wards promote a no bars policy and are bright, relaxing and comfortable for out patients. The ward was opened at a special event by Michael Ball

A new lecture programme begins for our referring vets and vet nurses in the Fitzpatrick Referrals purpose built lecture theatre with the Fitzpatrick Learning Academy.

The Fitzpatrick Referrals purpose built lecture theatre, built to enable the continuation of learning in the veterinary sector for staff and beyond


The new generation prosthesis is developed - PerFiTS

Papagena is the first recipient of the new generation prosthesis - called PerFiTS

Professor Stuart Carmichael comes on board to help develop the Fitzpatrick Referrals business model, Stuart is the Manageing Director of Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue and the Fitzpatrick Learning Academy

The BSAVA 2012 Conference saw Fitzpatrick Referrals present more papers than any other practice, demonstrating our commitment to the sharing of experience and knowledge with other veterinary professionals

The FIRST Custom Lumbar Spinal Fusion

The first Lumbosacral Fusion system using FITS (Fitz Intervertebral Traction Screw) and Fitzateur fixation


Clare Rusbridge joins the team as Chief of Neurology. Clare has been recognised globally for her work on Chiari -like Malformation and Syringomyelia. She was awarded the JA Wright Memorial Award in 2011

The first DogFest event is held at the practice at Fitzpatrick Referrals to celebrate the bond between people and their animals!

The first Custum Cervical Fusion

Yellow Labrador Mojo - The first dog to have a Cervical Fusion system using FITS and Fitzateur fixation


The first Cervical Fusion system using FITS and Fitzateur fixation, created to help Mojo

Fitzpatrick Referrals is awarded the Daily Mirror and RSPCA Animal Hero Award in the Innovative Business Category in recognition of their advanced treatment for pets all over the globe


Professor Nick Bacon joins Fitzpatrick Referrals as Clinical Director of Oncology and Soft Tissue. Nick heads up the surgical team at our brand new Oncology and Soft Tissue centre which opened in September 2015. Nick is the only surgeon in the UK to have completed a Fellowship in Surgical Oncology

Channel 4 airs The Supervet on the 7th May 2014. The Supervet explores the unconditional bond of love that connects people to their extended animal family while offering pets from around the world access to life changing and life saving treatment Find out more www.thesupervet.com

Construction work begins on Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue Centre - a purpose built animal hospital designed to offer animals with cancer the best care possible


The Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue Centre on Surrey Research Park, Guildford, opens on September 2nd 2015 with Chris Evans and Sir Chris Evans in attendance.

The first VET (Veterinary Education for Tomorrow) Conference takes place over the weekend of the 5th - 6th September for Veterinary Professionals to experience a new format of CPD to engage and inspire. Find out more www.vetfestival.co.uk


The inaugural VET Festival Conference in September setting a new standard in education

The first ONE LIVE Music Festival held on the 5th September in Guldford to raise awareness for One Medicine and in aid of The Humanimal Trust. Find out more at www.onelivefestival.co.uk

Performing at ONE LIVE 2015 - Mike & the Mechanics, The Hoosiers and Hunter and the Bear in support of The Humanimal Trust to raise awareness of One Medicine

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick becomes the Founder of The Humanimal Trust, the first UK charity set up to advance the conversation about uniting and moving animal and human healthcare forward through shared ideas, shared technology and integrated research. Find out more www.humanimaltrust.org.uk

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