DogFest is a celebration of the unique bond of unconditional love that we have with our dogs and a fun social family day out. DogFest demonstrates our belief at Fitzpatrick Referrals that the provision of pain-free functional quality of life requires an holistic approach involving world-class medicine and surgery plus retraining and rehabilitation.

Our practice tours will give you a close-up and personal inside-view on what we do in the Fitz-Family. As we launch our new Fitzpatrick Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre, DogFest encapsulates the very essence of our integrated approach to keeping dogs of all ages active, from the older pet dog with arthritis, right through to the working dog and the elite canine athlete. We are hugely excited to show you what’s possible in rehabilitation and retraining and what’s new in nutrition and exercise to keep your dog fit and healthy. Remember, even young dogs get arthritis, and this is a one-stop-shop for everything you ever wanted to know about joints and bones and muscles and spines!  An opportunity not to be missed.

We shall celebrate how modern surgical and rehabilitation  techniques can not only relieve pain and suffering, but can actually restore full “running in a field” function. Some of the stories of such dogs will warm your heart and give you pause for thought at how far we have come in the last few years, with everything from joint replacements to cartilage transplants to spinal disc replacements to saving legs that have sustained severe trauma or cancer using endo and exo-prosthetics.

On Sunday Chris Evans will be presenting awards for dogs that have had such life-changing surgery, the “Fitz Bionic Heroes Awards”. On Sunday too we will have a huge informal dog show with prizes for all kinds of “special doggie talents”, from the scraggiest hair to the longest ears! Anyone can enter with any dog!

On Saturday, we will have various classes of agility dog competitions, for both the seasoned canine athlete and for anyone with any dog to just “have a go”. Michael Ball will be presenting The Fitzpatrick Agility Awards on the day. Both Chris and Michael love their own dogs and they are totally up for having a fantastic time with us at DogFest.

However, this weekend isn’t only about the advanced surgery or the MRI scans, or the rehabilitation techniques, though that’s part of the platform we shall be exploring in our feature lectures taking place on Saturday in our comfortable lecture theatre; it’s about rejoicing in our love of all things canine. We shall have a police dog display by Sussex Police on Saturday that I’m especially excited about.

As a clinician and surgeon I love helping working dogs and restoring their happy function so they can go back to doing what they love to do and in the case of police dogs, serving an invaluable role in society for all of us.

On both days I will be presenting a talk in a large marquee on site about the future for bionic surgery in dogs.

I think this will be eye-opening and give you a real insight into my personal journey in orthopaedic and neuro-surgery over the past decade, and where I think we’re going in the pursuit of providing pain free function for our canine friends.

DogFest is a day for all dog lovers, vets, nurses, physiotherapists and rehabilitation practitioners, trainers of canine athletes, doggie guardians and people who just love dogs and everything they represent to come together in a field, have a laugh and smile with the dogs. It’s about dogs coming together and meeting each other and having a marvellous time. It’s about all of the unconditional love that dogs bring to our lives.

It’s about how dogs make the world a better place and how they bring out the very best in us.

We invite you to share in this love!

On behalf of all of us at Fitzpatrick Referrals, I’m very proud and excited to welcome

you to our first DogFest.  Noel and Keira




At Fitzpatrick Referrals on Saturday 10th of August

Gates open at 8.00 am

Sunday 11th of August

Gates open at 9.00 am

Free Entry

Come and join in the celebrations with your colleagues, friends and families and remember to bring your dog!

Come and meet our amazing judges and prize-givers

Michael Ball on Saturday

Chris Evans on Sunday

Where >  Fitzpatrick Referrals

Halfway Lane, Eashing Godalming, Surrey GU7 2QQ

Ample Parking on Site


Events include:-

•  Agility competitions for top canine athletes and for every dog that just wants to “have a go”

•  Hear all about the future of bionic surgery from Noel Fitzpatrick

•  ‘999′ display by the Sussex Police Dogs

•  A Companion Dog Show where each and every dog is welcome.


Agility Classes Registration

To register email

[email protected]

Entry fee £2 per run (pay on the day)


Going to join us?

We would love to know if you are coming, and for all enquires email dogfest@


We look foward to hearing

from you soon.

Dogfest Leaflet





Launching a Dedicated Rehabilitation Service

Fitzpatrick Referrals is totally committed to a holistic and integrated approach of medicine, surgery and rehabilitation, including acupuncture, laser and hydrotherapy, for patients affected by orthopaedic and neurologic abnormalities. This includes the treatment of osteoarthritis, bone and tendon injury and spinal disorders, and also the unique requirements for injury retraining in canine athletes.  We respect that there is a very close synergy between the guardian or trainer and any working dog and we embrace that all rehab in sports medicine should aim to return full uninhibited function. Our goal at

The Fitzpatrick Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre is to

structure tailor-made customised patient-oriented platforms for recovery. Our specialised therapists and clinicians have a huge body of experience working in symbiosis with minimally invasive surgery and advanced diagnostic imaging to create our new world-class centre for sports medicine. We look forward to serving the needs of agility, working and sporting dogs nationwide.


How to enter

the Agility Competitions


If you would like to enter your dog for the Agility competitions in any class. Please contact us via  email [email protected]

Entry fee is £10 for 5 runs or £2 per run per dog and payable on the day, simply visit our Welcome tent, from 8.00 am and anytime throughout Saturday.

For more information on how to take part, our rules and running order, click on DogFest on our web site home page.


Don’t worry if you forget to register via email, you can just turn up and register on the day.

For all enquires email

[email protected]