The very well established and successful practices of Troytown Equine Hospital and Grey Abbey Veterinary Hospital merged in 2013, establishing Troytown GreyAbbey Equine Veterinary Services.
The new business combined the expertise of both practices for the benefit of all patients and clients. They have been at the forefront of the rapid development of new equipment and in the diagnosis and treatment of equine injury and disease over the last decades. Their aim is to provide a top quality cost-effective service individually tailored to every client and patient.
Troytown was established by veterinary surgeon Stan Cosgrove in the late 1970s. The purpose built equine hospital became world-renowned for its pioneering work in colic surgery and bone repair at the time. The hospital continued its work through the 80's and 90's with the expertise of many top class equine veterinary surgeons. Hugh Dillon became a partner in 1997, followed by Warren Schofield in 2000 and Michael Sadlier 2002.
Throughout these times the hospital invested significantly in equipment and expertise. It was the first hospital in Ireland with a bone scanning unit (Nuclear Scintigraphy), which was set up in 2001. In 2002 a high-speed treadmill was established for the diagnosis of wind conditions, and still is the only private practice in Europe to have such a unit.
In 2009 the MRI unit was built and is still the only one on the island of Ireland. In addition to investigative and diagnostic equipment, significant advances in surgical therapeutic techniques were made. Troytown was the first hospital in the world to perform standing fracture repair in horses, and then subsequently reported the procedure in conferences and a refereed journal in 2006 - these procedures are now frequently performed in horse hospitals all over the world, with significant welfare benefit to the horses treated in this manner. The hospital also contributed to significant advances in upper airway video-endoscopic laser surgery, shockwave and biological treatments. The hospital continues to be at the forefront of treating horses with colic and bone injuries, operating regularly on many high profile horses as well as children’s ponies, and the occasional zebra. Troytown was innovative with setting up a foal intensive care unit, with the foal being able to be intensively nursed and treated alongside the mare in the critical early days of life.
In 2008 Troytown Equine Hospital was acknowledged by the Blue Cross for its significant work with horses, being awarded a special merit award. Troytown has provided a first opinion practice to a wide range of clients in the Kildare area from locally owned sport horses and ponies, to His Highness the Aga Khan. It has also offered a referral service to emergency and elective cases from all around Ireland.
GreyAbbey Equine Hospital was established in 1991, in the heart of Ireland's Thoroughbred County, by veterinary surgeons Paul Traynor and John Stafford. The practice provided ambulatory service to the whole of county Kildare and neighbouring counties Offaly, Carlow, Laois and parts of Meath and Dublin. In 1999, they moved premises, establishing an equine hospital with 12 stables for inpatients, including 3 intensive care boxes, a surgical suite, a full in-house laboratory and pharmacy.
GreyAbbey Small Animal Hospital was also established at this time. In 2005 Bridget McGing joined the practice as Partner, bringing extensive experience in mare fertility and stud management. Serving both public and private studs as well as top racehorse trainers, sports horse breeders and eventers, GreyAbbey continued to grow and develop treating each and every patient in an individual and cost-effective way. John Stafford retired from partnership in 2013, with Cormac Feeney becoming a partner of the new entity Troytown Grey Abbey Equine Veterinary Services.
Alongside the facilities Troytown Grey Abbey has a highly experienced team of 18 veterinary surgeons, supported by a team of excellent veterinary nurses and support staff. Each professional has a particular interest from neonatal medicine, stud medicine, wind surgery, orthopaedic and poor performance investigations, and state of the art diagnostics.