Fitzpatrick Referrals announces launch of new Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre

Published 21.05.13

Fitzpatrick Referrals is delighted to announce the launch of the Fitzpatrick Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre at its state-of-the-art referral centre in Surrey.

Fitzpatrick Referrals has been running a dedicated Rehabilitation centre since the practice opened at Eashing in 2007, offering some of the most advanced facilities for small animal rehabilitation in the UK and has now extended the offering to include Sports Medicine Clinics and Osteoarthritis Clinics, creating the largest centre of its kind in the country.

Building work has now been completed at the centre and Fitzpatrick Referrals has appointed David Prydie, one of the UK’s leading small animal rehabilitation practitioners to head up the Fitzpatrick Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation offering.

Speaking about the launch of the new service, Noel Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of Fitzpatrick Referrals commented; “At Fitzpatrick Referrals, we believe that appropriate rehabilitation is integral to the success of orthopaedic and neuro-surgical intervention and fundamental in promoting pain free functional quality of life.  Traditionally, the rehabilitation centre has been geared towards treating post-op patients.  While the new centre will continue to treat animals which have been referred to Fitzpatrick Referrals for surgical procedures, helping to restore function, reduce pain and speed up the recovery process, we will now offer new dedicated Sports Medicine and Osteoarthritis clinics, of which there are currently only a handful in the UK. This will provide referring practitioners and clients with a new range of options for dealing with sports injuries and the on-going management of Osteoarthritis. For the first time, minimally invasive arthroscopic investigation and advanced diagnostic imaging with MRI and CT will be available side-by-side with a team of clinicians who truly understand the unique anatomy, physiology and exercise demands of working and sports dogs and who adopt an integrated approach to achieving maximum mobility for dogs of all ages. We intend that the new centre will create a new standard of integrated care for the active performance or pet dog because we will match function with form and intention with action. Every plan will be tailor made for the individual with sincere attention to the very special environment and demands of the sporting dog. I’m extraordinarily excited about this new horizon.”  

Speaking about the new types of cases which the new centre expects to treat, Manager of the Fitzpatrick Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre, David Prydie added; “We expect to see cases where there are specific injuries which the canine athlete is prone to and which require specialist knowledge to identify and treat.  Our goal is to help the dogs return to their performance event as soon as possible.  We will also be offering advice on training regimes for the various activities.  The centre will offer a new Osteoarthritis Clinic, treating osteoarthritis in all ages of dog using a multimodal approach such as weight management, exercise regimes, physiotherapy techniques and use of tools such as the therapeutic laser. There is a wealth of experience already present within the practice and I will be working with Noel and the other surgeons to develop our offering in sports injury management and also with Professor Stuart Carmichael in the development of Osteoarthritis management schemes.”

The practice will celebrate the launch of the new centre with its first festival for pets, ‘Dogfest’, built around the theme of the ‘Active Dog’.  The festival will take place on 10th and 11th of August and will feature a number of agility and flyball events, canine sports medicine lectures delivered by world experts, a range of tents and stalls, ‘Have a Go’ agility sessions, an agility display by former Fitzpatrick patients who have returned to compete in the agility circuit, a ‘Meet the Fitzpatrick Heroes’ display and a special ‘999’ display by the Sussex Police Dogs on both days.

To sign up for Fitzpatrick’s DogFest 2013 please download the entry from and follow the enclosed instructions.

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For information on the new Fitzpatrick Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre services and to discuss referrals, please contact the reception team on 01483 423 761. 

For information on ‘Dogfest’ and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mhairi Clarke, Communications Manager, [email protected]