Snip N Chip

Horse Castration and Microchipping Campaign


This programme is organised in cooperation with UCD School of Veterinary Medicine and the support of Horse Sport Ireland. It aims to castrate and microchip 100 stallions in the Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow areas on a subsidised basis. The initiative will be known as “Snip n’ Chip”.

The initiative will be part funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and is an initiative developed in response to comments made by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD at the Animal Welfare Conference on 16th May 2014.


“Snip n’ Chip” will cost the horse owner €100 to include the cost of implanting the microchip, pass-porting and registering the owners details on the Horse Sport Ireland database together with the castration of the animal.

See registration form for Snip n’ Chip below.

To help us with this programme why not donate?

To avail of this Snip n’ Chip Programme for Stallions you will need:

  • Register with the DSPCA by filling in the online form below. You will be contacted within 5 working days by a member of the DSPCA.
  • A veterinary surgeon will then arrange to inspect your horse to check it is health and suitable for castration.
  • The horses will be collected and brought to UCD Veterinary Hospital where the animal will undergo the procedure under a general anaesthetic. Please ensure there are no stable or sweat rugs on the horse. The animal will be returned to you within 48 hours. As owner you will be required to sign a surgery consent form.
  • The DSPCA would ask that the payment of €100 be made in advance of collection of the horse and copies of paperwork will be issued with the returned horse.
  • Proof of owner’s identity must be provided on the day of inspection and day of collection.
  • Unfortunately, UCD cannot facilitate visits to the Hospital.
  • In the unlikely event of other problems identified or complications, you will be contacted by the DSPCA to discuss further treatment at cost.

Snip n’ Chip Form

Your Details

Please leave a phone number where possible so our inspectors can confirm details if a case is difficult to locate.

Horse Details

Location of animal(s)

Directions to property if complete street address is unknown *

Please try and include distances and landmarks if possible, e.g. 400m past the bridge over Stony Creek on the left hand side.
For GPS co-ordinates, please give in this format e.g. 53.12345, -6.12345