Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick has revealed he has been fighting an ‘exhausting’ battle with COVID-19 for the last few weeks.
The TV vet, 53, took to Instagram on Thursday to thank his fans for their well-wishes and gave an update on his health, saying he got a ‘horrible dose’ of the virus but is ‘over the worst’.
Noel, who previously treated Meghan Markle’s dog and Russell Brand’s cat, shared a video talking to his 239 followers, as he held his cat Excalibur on his lap.
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Suffering: Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick, 53, revealed on Instagram on Thursday that he has been fighting an ‘exhausting’ battle with COVID-19 for the last few weeks
The star of Channel 4’s series The Supervet looked drained as he shared about his exhaustion following his health battle and urged people to be careful not to contract the virus.
He said: ‘Hi everybody Noel and Excalibur here, just having a cuddle. I wanted to reach out and say thank you for your good wishes.
‘Some of you will know I’ve had Covid pretty bad these last couple of weeks. It’s a horrible dose and leaves you very exhausted so I guess what I wanted to say is: ‘We’re not done with this thing and you’ve got to look after each other.
‘You’ve gotta observe the rules, wear your masks and observe social distancing and importantly get your vaccine if you can.’
Update: The TV vet spoke about his exhaustion following his health battle saying he got a ‘horrible dose’ of the virus but is ‘over the worst’
Noel continued: ‘Because this is a bad disease and it really takes it out [of you] and I can’t emphasise enough that you’ve got to be careful still.’
‘If you can, give your animals a cuddle. That always makes things better but take care of each other.
‘We’re not done till we’re done so do the right thing, look after each other and thank you so much for looking out for me. God bless.’
In his caption, he revealed he was ‘over the worst’ and thanked people for their support, writing: ‘Thanks everyone for your kind wishes.
‘I’m thankfully over the worst having had Covid, it really packs a punch. Be careful out there and look after each other x’.
‘It really packs a punch’: The star of Channel 4’s series The Supervet thanked his fans for their well-wishes and urged people to be careful not to contract the virus
The vet previously revealed how fell into a deep depression after being accused of malpractice over his treatment of a tortoise.
He fitted three bionic limbs to a Hermann’s tortoise called Hermes to replace those chewed off by rats during hibernation.
After discussing euthanasia with the owner, he performed surgery, believing Hermes could live another 50 years and because it was done with his ‘best interests in our hearts’.
But a few months later, at the end of 2018, after Hermes died at home of a seemingly unrelated condition, four vets lodged an official complaint.
Investigation: The vet previously revealed how fell into a deep depression after being accused of malpractice over his treatment of a Hermann’s tortoise called Hermes
As the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons investigated, Noel faced losing his career and was left ‘crying behind closed doors while putting on a smile to face the world’.
In his book released in October, How Animals Saved My Life: Being The Supervet, he said: ‘The complainants maintained I had put self-promotion above my commitment to the health and welfare of my patient and requested a full disciplinary hearing.
‘Depending on the outcome, I could face a suspension or even be struck off, meaning I would no longer be allowed to practice veterinary medicine, which had been the central purpose of my life for as long as I could remember.
As the investigation process began, I sank into a big cloud of depression. And in spite of seeking professional help, it wouldn’t budge.’
After a 14-month investivgation, The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons closed the case after concluding that his actions did not amount to serious professional misconduct.
Dark days: As the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons investigated, Noel faced losing his career and was left ‘crying behind closed doors while putting on a smile to face the world’
Grateful: Declan Donnelly, 45, took to Instagram in January to praise the vet for saving his beloved dachshund Rocky’s life after he was savaged by a fox
More recently, Declan Donnelly, of TV duo Ant and Dec, took to Instagram in January to praise the ‘supervet’ Noel Fitzpatrick for saving his beloved dachshund Rocky’s life.
The Britain’s Got Talent star, 45, shared a photograph of the vet cuddling the animal, and thanked him for getting Rocky back to full health after the attack.
The little sausage dog was seen by the TV vet after he was savaged by a fox in the garden of Declan’s west London home.
Declan took to Instagram to share a picture of the vet cuddled up with his pooch, branding the vet and his colleagues ‘heroes’.
He wrote: ‘Another thank you to this guy @profnoelfitzpatrick and his amazing staff for looking after Rocky and getting him back on his feet after a run-in with a grumpy fox in our garden last Sunday.
‘Cheeky bugger! The care and attention from the guys at @fitzpatrick_referrals is so reassuring and comforting. Thanks again everyone. D x.
Thankful! The Britain’s Got Talent star shared a photograph of his pet dog’s long-time vet cuddling the animal, and thanked him for getting Rocky back to full health after the attack