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How Animals Saved My Life: Being the Supervet

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It has been 30 years since Noel Fitzpatrick graduated as a veterinary surgeon, and that 22-year-old from Ballyfin, Ireland, is now one of the leading veterinary surgeons in the world. The journey to that point has seen Noel treat thousands of animals - many of whom were thought to be beyond help - animals that have changed his life, and the lives of those around them, for ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published October 29th 2020 by Trapeze
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Gumble's Yard
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Read with my daughter who is a fan of Supervet and very much enjoyed the author’s previous book which I think was more conventionally biographical.

This one had chapters based on qualities (Internalisation, Nowness, Truth and Trust, Empathy, Genuineness, Rightness, Innovation, Tenacity, Youness, Compassion, Appreciation, Respect, Eternalisation) that read like they are from a self-help genre book, and to be honest some of the content matches.

What gives the book its distinctiveness is:

Firstly ho
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
This can be a difficult read not only because there is a lot of technical stuff in it but also because it can be difficult to see through the tears. For years experimenting on animals has resulted in new treatments for humans so surely it makes sense to use these results for the good of both humans and animals. I was naive enough or selfish enough not to realise that they still make healthy animals deliberately ill in order to find cures for humans but unbelievably they don't make these cures av ...more
Carole Tyrrell
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it

I’ve never seen the Supervet TV series although it’s now racked up 100+ shows. But I have heard of the supervet himself, Noel Fitzpatrick. This is his second book which comes after ‘Listening to the Animals.’ I have haven’t read that one either but after reading this I may well do so.
This is at times a rambling, in the best possible way, account of his childhood on a farm in Ireland and his burning desire to become a vet, the long years of study and then his passion and vision to help animals wi
Kath Marshall
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm still reading this, but from the introduction, I was in tears!
A brilliant read and Noel's love of animals is amazing!
A man after my own heart!
Doris FK
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was the first Noel Fitzpatrick book I have read and didn’t know what to expect. I’m not a vet myself but bought the book as a present for a vet in training.
I enjoyed reading the book and loved hearing about the stories from animals he managed to save. However, I thought there was a lot of fluffy content, celebrity name dropping and repetitions that could have been taken out. With over 400 pages it’s a big, long book, but it’s easy to read, even with all the medical jargon.
Jan 07, 2021 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book as a huge fan of Noel. Unfortunately it just wasn’t for me and I struggled to finish it so gave up. However I do believe a lot of people will get a lot of this book. It is very well written. It can be hard to read in parts but if this is your kind of thing I truly believe you will enjoy it.
Harri Burton
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely a book for animal lovers, especially those who have assisted veterinary surgeons before.

Some of the terms in the book are technical or medical terms, which can be difficult to understand, but this is a good read.
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brill
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Not normally one for biographies. But loved this, it had me crying and smiling. Thought provoking and touching moments with beautiful animals.
Karen Tracey
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great emotional read

Wow from start to finish I found I could really empathize with Noel. The man should be Knighted if he isn't already.
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Overall I enjoyed this book but found it a bit rambly in parts.
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Such a fantastic book, can be a hard read due to all the vet terminology but if that’s your kinda thing then it is brilliant! So wonderfully written and emotional happy sad and everything in between
Christine Stowe
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Noel gives any insight into how animals have taught him integrity and oneness.
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