Ballybrown Equine Clinic

About Us

· Background ·

Having provided veterinary services to horse owners for approximately 25 years, our practice moved to its present location at Ballybrown, Clarina, Co. Limerick in 2000.

Over these past years at Ballybrown, through continued investment in staff, CPD education and equipment, our equine clinic is in a position to offer a state-of-the-art veterinary service to the bloodstock industry in the mid-west region.

Our commitment to continued investment will ensure that our clients receive the best possible service and treatment for their stock now and into the future.

This purpose-built facility at Ballybrown allows us to provide a full range of treatments from basic routine procedures to 24-hour intensive care.

· Meet the team ·

W.J. MurphyW.J. Murphy MVB MRCVS Partner.
Having qualified from UCD Veterinary College in 1973, Bill has been involved in equine practice full time since 1984. In that time, the practice has evolved from general sports horse to thoroughbred stud and race horse work, as well as sports horse A.I.

Bill is a member of the Association of Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons and of Veterinary Ireland. He is on the Specialist Veterinary panels of: Tattersalls (Ireland), Goffs, Goresbridge Sales and Cavan Sales. Bill also holds a licence for carrying out drug trials issued by HPRA (Health Products Regulatory Authority).

Liam Flynn MVBPartner.
Liam is a native of the Waterford Gaeltacht region. A 1998 graduate of UCD Veterinary College, he spent two memorable years in mixed practice with O’ Regan & Joy in County Limerick, before moving to the O’ Byrne & Halley equine practice in Fethard, County Tipperary.

While there, he specialised in Mare/Stallion Reproduction and Neonatal Medicine. He also travelled to Kentucky and Australia on numerous occasions as part of his duties. Liam joined Ballybrown Equine Clinic as a partner in 2007 and has developed a keen interest in Thoroughbred foal and yearling sales work since then.

Valerie Dromey MVB Assistant.
Valerie qualified in 2011 from UCD. A native of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, she has worked in equine practice in Australia and Fermoy, Co. Cork. In these posts, Valerie gained valuable experience in stud practice and neonatal foal medicine. She joined Ballybrown Equine Clinic in 2016.

Andrea Emerson BVSc MRCVS Assistant.
Andrea hails from Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh and qualified from Liverpool University in 2014. After qualifying she spent a year in equine practice in Co Antrim. She then went on to complete a hospital-based internship in New Zealand. Most recently she has worked in a busy Stud-based practice in Australia. She has a keen interest in Stud Medicine and National Hunt racing.

Jeanne Kennedy MVB Assistant.
Jeanne comes from the heartland of the Irish Thoroughbred industry, Co Kildare. Her family have maintained strong links to the industry for many years. She qualified in 2016 from UCD and began working in the busy Angelsey Lodge Equine Hospital (Gowing’s) immediately. She has already developed expertise in the areas of Anaesthesia and Critical Care.

Stacey Fitzgibbon - Practice Administrator.
Stacey worked in Clonshire Equestrian Centre for a number of years prior to joining the practice in 2002. She is a qualified BHS AI and has a diploma in Equine Science from the University of Limerick. Stacey has a particular interest in diagnostic imaging.

Liz Buggy - Practice Administrator.
Liz has worked in a number of stud farms and has done sales work for all major sales.
She has a certificate in Equine Science from the University of Limerick.
Liz joined the practice in 2003 and has a keen interest in foal intensive care.

· Specialists in the Equine field ·

We have strong links with many specialists in the Equine field and are pleased to offer consultations with the following Consultants when required:

Kevin Corley BVM&S PhD DACVIM DACVECC MRCVS, Specialist in Equine Medicine & Critical Care
Ger Kelly MVB DipECVS, Orthopaedic and Respiratory Surgery.
Natasha Mitchell MVB DVOphthal MRCVS, Ophthalmology Specialist.
Roger Munnis Specialist Equine Dentist.

· Externship ·

At Ballybrown Equine Clinic we try to accommodate veterinary students and veterinary nursing students seeing-practice. The most appropriate time of year for seeing-practice is our busiest period i.e. between February and July.

We have a limit to the number of students we can take at any one time. If accepted, you will be expected to help in every aspect of the work here at Ballybrown. The normal working time is from 8.00am to 5.30pm, but hours are unpredictable, especially during the busy season.

Please bear in mind the following during your visit:

  • 1) Students must have experience of horses and be comfortable around them, for health and safety reasons.
  • 2) Students are expected to have appropriate safety footwear and clothing.
  • 3) Students are expected to bring lunch and to be prepared for irregular hours.
  • 4) Client confidentiality - you must not discuss any case that you see in the clinic with anyone who is not a member of the clinic staff.
  • 5) Client communication - Please do not discuss any medical or surgical details of any case with a client, unless expressly asked to do so by the vet in charge of the case.
  • 6) Transition year students are sometimes accepted, however, third level students have priority.
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