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Press Release - Irish Equine Centre publishes its Price List

Article posted on 19 November 2014

The Irish Equine Centre, Ireland’s leading equine diagnostic facility, is pleased to announce that it has today published its price list for 2014 - 2015 which details its extensive range of tests for horses and other animals. This price list comes into effect on the 1st December 2014 and is available to download from the IEC website. The decision was taken as a result of discussions with the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association (“ITBA”) and a large group of Irish breeders and veterinarians.

The ITBA and Irish Equine Centre conducted a joint National Roadshow in 2012/13 to highlight the importance of both bodies to the Irish breeding industry. At these meetings breeders requested that the Irish Equine Centre publish their price list and the Irish Equine Centre and ITBA worked closely together to deliver on this request.

Sarah McNicholas, Chief Executive of the Irish Equine Centre commented:

“In all of our recent discussions with breeders, the repeated call for us to publish our price list was something we could not ignore. But we would note that our charges are simply for the laboratory diagnostics and separate from the professional work carried out by the vets as part of any diagnostic effort. We have enjoyed strong support from Irish vets since the Equine Centre was created and we look forward to continuing that important industry relationship.

In advance of publishing the price list, we felt the time was right to review all of our prices and adjust them where appropriate. During the course of the economic downturn, the Equine Centre made a conscious decision to leave its prices unchanged so as not to increase the financial pressure on Irish breeders and horse owners. As such, the Irish Equine Centre’s prices were held at the same level for over six years with the Irish Equine Centre absorbing any incremental costs associated with providing those tests.

In our recent review, we have been able to reduce our prices in many cases, most have remained the same and some have been increased, but by modest amounts. We have also introduced a new range of equine diagnostic profiles which offer an excellent value for money.

We believe we offer Irish breeders and horse owners the highest standard of testing and diagnostics at very reasonable rates, and the more samples we receive, the better our understanding of any health issues affecting Irish horses. And as a not-for-profit organisation, any surplus funds generated are reinvested into additional equipment, research and services for Irish breeders.”

Commenting on the publication of the price list, ITBA manager Shane O’Dwyer said:

“Our main aim as a representative body is to provide the best possible service to members and after delivering on the request of Irish breeders we welcome the news that the Irish Equine Centre is publishing their price list which will ensure more transparency for breeders.

As an association we are proud of the reputation the Irish Equine Centre has developed internationally and are indebted to their efforts to ensure Ireland retains its disease free status, the implications of which are sometimes easily taken for granted among Irish breeders. The additional advantage of the Irish Equine Centre is that it never sends test samples for notifiable diseases abroad. We encourage all breeders to use the Irish Equine Centre’s excellent diagnostic services which also include a free post mortem service for foals as negotiated by the ITBA.”

Enquiries:

Sarah McNicholas, Chief Executive
Irish Equine Centre, Johnstown, Naas, Co. Kildare
Tel: +353 (0)45 866 266
www.irishequinecentre.ie

Shane O’Dwyer, Manager
Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Greenhills, Kill, Co. Kildare
Tel: +353 (0)45 877 543
www.itba.ie


Link to Price List