The CVS Equine division of CVS Group plc has recently announced the acquisition of Troytown GreyAbbey Equine Veterinary Services in the Republic of Ireland, expanding their equine portfolio to over 30 sites.
In less than two years, the company has rapidly grown its equine division in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands to include seven referral hospitals; B&W Equine, Bell Equine, Valley Equine, Oaklands, Western Counties, more recently Endell Equine hospital and now Troytown GreyAbbey. These sites alone account for six of the 25 RCVS Accredited Equine Hospitals in the UK, or just under 30% of the Accredited Equine Hospitals outside of the university network.
The acquisition of Troytown GreyAbbey Equine Veterinary Services (“Troytown GreyAbbey”) is of particular significance for the Group, as it marks CVS’ first in the Republic of Ireland. The practice is based at two sites in County Kildare and employs around 50 staff.
Troytown GreyAbbey is the leading equine referral hospital in Ireland providing outstanding patient care through compassion, co-operation and innovation. Troytown GreyAbbey’s aim is to provide a top quality, cost effective, 24-hour service and advice tailored to every patient, from the companion pony and horse, to the elite athlete and breeding horse. It employs more than 15 vets, including seven certificate and diploma holders, and offers a full range of services, including Scintigraphy, Standing MRI, X-ray, Ultrasound Scanning, Scoping, Class 4 Laser and Equilume. The Veterinary Council of Ireland accredits it with the highest of practice standards.
Mr Cormac Feeney, partner of Troytown GreyAbbey, who will continue in the role of Clinical Director said: “The ever expanding range of new equipment and resources required to provide a world class equine hospital and ambulatory service is a very big challenge. This new arrangement will secure this development going forward but will make no difference to the ethos of how the practice is run. There will be the same team both in the office, hospital and on the road as before. The core ambition is still to maintain and develop patient care through excellence in Irish equine veterinary practice.
“This partnership has immediately enabled us to invest in a therapeutic laser system, new digital radiographic system, state of the art blood analysis machine as well as planning for a brand new surgical suite. We are very excited about CVS coming on board and look forward with confidence to the future of Troytown GreyAbbey veterinary services.”
CVS Equine acquired Western Counties Equine Hospital earlier in the year, a single site equine hospital located in Culmstock, Devon, with a team of 20. This RCVS accredited hospital offers referral services to clients in Devon and Cornwall across a range of surgical, medical, advanced dentistry and diagnostic fields, including standing MRI.
At the end of July the CVS also acquired Corner House Equine Clinic which also has a purpose built hospital facility, as well as a second branch, both located in the heart of Warwickshire. The most recent addition to the group, joining in August, is the Endell Equine Veterinary Hospital located on the edge of Salisbury and providing a range of first opinion and referral services, including nuclear scintigraphy.
As the CVS equine division has expanded, so to has the leadership team, which has broad industry experience and a depth of knowledge about equine clinical and management processes.
Equine Division Operations Director Graham Dodds commented: “I am absolutely thrilled to welcome all of our recent acquisitions to CVS Equine. Embracing Troytown GreyAbbey was a particularly proud moment, marking our first equine practice in the Republic of Ireland. We look forward to working collaboratively with the experienced Kildare-based team in our mission to deliver the best equine veterinary care to our patients and clients.
“I believe that practices are so keen to join us on our journey because our vision is ambitious yet simple; to deliver the best clinical care to our patients alongside an exemplary client experience all while providing our teams with industry leading support, training and benefits.
Our plan is to continue to grow through further acquisition and we have also identified additional greenfield development opportunities.”
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