WE all know and love Noel Fitzpatrick as Channel 4’s Supervet who can treat even the world’s sickest animals.
But behind closed doors the TV star, 52, has battled a secret pain and has also overcome suicidal thoughts.
In his new autobiography Listening To The Animals he talks candidly about the pain he went through when his dad died.
He writes: “When the phone call came to tell me Daddy was in hospital and it wasn’t looking good for him, I was working at the first Fitzpatrick Referrals vet practice, a hut surrounded by woods in Tilford in Surrey.
“It was August 22, 2006 and I ran from my office into the woods and as far as I could, until there was cattle, sheep and darkness, and there I fell on my knees, and I wailed.
“My hero was dying. I cried and cried until I could cry no more. I couldn’t even begin to come to terms with this devastating news.
“Daddy had been out at the back of our house, seeing to the cattle in the yard, when he suddenly collapsed. He was unconscious, and remained that way until he died a few days later.
Noel also revealed in an interview Russell Brand how the job can often leave him feeling very low.
Due to the nature of his work, he has to deal with very sick animals and having to tell their owners when they are not going to make it.
He revealed the strain this puts him under.
Russell asked him: “Is it stressful for you? You’re dealing with a lot of love, on a daily basis you’re dealing with heartbreak. How has that affected you?”
Noel replied: “It’s messed me up a bit. Of course you have mental health issues and you feel lonely and sad and I would probably go as far as to say suicidal.
“You need a huge ego to go into theatre and believe you’re going to win.”
Noel opened his pioneering private referral practice Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey in 2008.
As well as being on Channel 4’s Supervet, Noel also took part in the BBC documentary The Bionic Vet in 2010.
Noel has received a Guinness World Record for his pioneering operation on Oscar the cat, who was the first animal in the world to receive two bionic leg implants.
He has also been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Surrey for the advancement of animal health.
- Catch Noel on Channel 4’s Supervet every Thursday at 8pm.
Got a story? email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us direct on 02077824220.
We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.