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Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, a world-class orthopaedic-neuro veterinary surgeon, founded The Humanimal Trust in 2014.

With a diverse career spanning clinical and academic spectrums, Professor Fitzpatrick saw first hand the division between human and veterinary medicine and the ignorance this created in society, resulting in lost opportunities for collaboration between the professions with unnecessary suffering of both animals and humans.

The Humanimal Trust was set up to champion One Medicine and to inspire a generation to actively pursue the reconvergence of human and animal healthcare.

We passionately believe that human health and animal health are intrinsically linked; progress with one can and should benefit the other. Animals should not suffer unnecessarily for human only advance without reciprocal benefit. Medical advance should benefit all species simultaneously and move forward side by side. 

“I believe that there is only one rational route forward for both animal and human medicine and that is by working together. This is ‘One Medicine.’ After all; a cancer cell doesn’t care if you are a Labrador or a human. Medical science for all species should move forward together. I have committed my entire professional life and everything I stand for to this goal. The future of our children and the planet they inherit depends on what we do right now.”


As a surgeon who operates on humans, I know first-hand how many of the modern advances available to our patients have come as the result of the experimentation and testing of surgical techniques and implants in animals. Humans have benefited hugely from this and are undoubtedly better off as a result. The flow of information and experience in the reverse direction from human experience to enhance the care of animals is a natural progression in a caring society. Collaboration between the care givers in human and veterinary medicine should be seen as an opportunity to enhance each other’s knowledge and to improve care across both professions

Mr Mike Uglow MBBS

FRCS(Tr&Orth), Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
The University Hospital Southampton.