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In this inspiring, uplifting and heartwarming memoir, world-renowned veterinary surgeon Professor Noel Fitzpatrick explores his journey to becoming The Supervet. 

Growing up on the family farm in Ballyfin, Ireland, Noel's childhood was spent tending to the cattle and sheep, the hay and silage, the tractors and land, his beloved sheepdog, Pirate, providing solace from the bullies that plagued him at school. It was this bond with Pirate, and a fateful night spent desperately trying to save a newborn lamb, that inspired Noel to enter the world of veterinary science - and set him on the path to becoming The Supervet.

Now, in this long-awaited memoir, Noel recounts this often-surprising journey that sees him leaving behind a farm animal practice in rural Ireland to set up Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey, one of the most advanced small animal specialist centres in the world. We meet the animals that paved the way, from calving cows and corralling bullocks to talkative parrots and bionic cats and dogs. 

Noel has listened to the many lessons that the animals in his care have taught him, and especially the times he has shared with his beloved Keira, the scruffy border terrier who has been by Noel's side as he's dealt with the unbelievable highs and crushing lows of his extraordinary career. 

As heartwarming and life-affirming as the TV show with which he made his name, Listening to the Animals is a story of love, hope and compassion, and about rejoicing in the bond between humans and animals that makes us the very best we can be.

Written and read by Noel Fitzpatrick.

©2018 Noel Fitzpatrick (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Bowbow
  • 12-13-18

Absolutely outstanding

Huge fan of professor Noel Fitzpatrick, following his tv series, then went too see him on tour and read his Number 1 bestselling book and now listening too it being read by Noel. Highly recommend this book. It will make u smile. Laugh out loud and cry. It’s amazing
10/10 !!!! BUY IT !!

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  • Neville 33
  • 01-16-19

Excellent reading

What a great listen Noel not only is a great vet but also a great story teller. He puts his heart a d soul into horse collections and experience.

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  • K W.
  • 01-15-19

Real Life.

What a wonderful truthful book. written by a man who believes anything is a possibility

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  • joyce stafford
  • 01-14-19

fabulous

loved this book. inspirational stories

what a fabulous man, wish him well in everything he achieves

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  • Ms. C_O'S
  • 01-13-19

An inspiring story told by himself very well too

Enjoyed the detail of his growing up on the farm and his early years at school. His story telling was a great factor in the enjoyment of the story. I cried at critical areas of the tough times and imagined the scenes in the story as he told it like it was. Made it more enjoyable. Like Noel I sure believe serendipity can happen to us if we are open to it. He will make a great Daddy in the future hopefully.

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  • m. polockus
  • 01-12-19

Insight into the struggles of an extraordinary man

His love for animals is beautiful apparent, keep fighting the good fight, screw the banks!

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  • Pamela Ralph
  • 01-10-19

Essential Reading

This man is an inspiration. The book made me laugh and cry in the first chapter. A must read for anyone who loves animals.

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  • sue dutfield
  • 01-09-19

I loved this book thought provoking for caring in

this difficult world. Very well read. I will listen again. Thank you for the inspiration

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  • amanda eastwood
  • 01-08-19

Brilliant

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick is an amazing super vet, listening to his life story, it has had me gripped from start to finish.
I find Noel’s accent enchanting, he makes the book; if another person was telling his story, it would have been good; but with Noel it’s just brilliant.
But then he is an actor. I have laughed and cried! But mostly as we all know what comes over is Noel’s love for animals...
Noel if you read this, I’m sure you will be in love again when the time is right. Your gorgeous!!!
And if I ever meet you and have a hug I WILL not tap you on the back 😂😂🐩🐕😘😘🥰🥰🥰
Mandy xxx

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  • mrs
  • 01-04-19

Made me laugh and cry

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I felt at times that I could see into the soul of the reader. My only criticism, the Professor trying to do women’s and children’s voices other than that I would listen again!