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Noel Fitzpatrick receives a Guinness World Record
Noel Fitzpatrick receiving his award
Noel says he is "thrilled" that the work carried out at Fitzpatrick Referrals has been recognised by the Guinness World Records.
Award presented for world-first operation on Oscar the cat

World-renowned vet Noel Fitzpatrick has been presented with a Guinness World Record for his pioneering operation on Oscar the cat - the world's first animal to receive two bionic leg implants.

Oscar lost both his hind feet in an accident with a combine harvester in 2009. He was flown from his home in Jersey to Fitzpatrick Referrals, where he was given intraosseous transcutaneous amputation prosthetics, that allow skin to adhere to metal, and a pair of unique plastic feet enabling him to walk again.

Noel was presented with the world record at London Pet Show last week by Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of the Guinness World Records. It recognises the extraordinary efforts of Noel and his team at Fitzpatrick Referrals.

Commenting on the award, Noel said: "The Guinness Book of Records was the first book I ever had, so receiving this award is a real honour!

"I’m very humbled, you’re only as good as your next operation – you only ever think about providing hope to pets and their owners and doing your best.

"To be able to help them through the toughest times and see pets like Oscar make a full recovery is the most rewarding feeling and I’m thrilled that the work we carry out at Fitzpatrick Referrals has been recognised by Guinness World Records."

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Big Butterfly Count returns

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 The world's biggest survey of butterflies is back for 2020!

Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count launches on Friday, 17 July and will run until Sunday 9 August. Members of the public can get involved by downloading the Big Butterfly Count App or recording results on a downloadable sheet available from bigbutterflycount.org/.

'It's a fantastic activity for people from three to 103 years and we'd encourage everyone to take 15 minutes in an appropriate outdoor space during sunny conditions to simply appreciate the nature around them and do their bit to help us understand butterfly populations,' said a Butterfly Conservation spokesperson. 

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New appointment at Dechra

Dechra Veterinary Products Ltd (Dechra) has announced a key appointment to support veterinary professionals across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Karen Hockley has been appointed as a telesales account manager and will provide the latest products, news and developments from Dechra. She joins the company from a large mixed practice in Northern Ireland where she was the branch manager.

Before that, Karen had worked for a multinational veterinary pharmaceutical company as a key account manager for Northern Ireland. She can be contacted at karen.hockley@dechra.com or 087 219 54 30.