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Our Surgeries

The Abbey Veterinary Group was first established over a century ago and has been serving the agricultural, equine and pet owning communities of Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and North Ayrshire ever since.

We are a two centre practice based in Canal Street, Paisley and in Murdieston Street, Greenock.

Our main interest is the care and welfare of our patients, whether they are cattle, sheep, horses,cats, dogs, rabbits, or the ever increasing number of small mammals and exotic pets. We are available to our clients for advice on all healthcare matters. Our vets are able to treat all animals with expertise, care and compassion.


RCVS accredited practice


We are an RCVS accredited practice. This means we have passed rigorous inspections to ensure we have met a very high standard of hygiene, 24-hour emergency cover, staff training, certain types of equipment and cost estimation procedures.

The regulatory function of the RCVS means that users of veterinary services can be assured that their veterinary surgeon or registered/listed veterinary nurse is properly qualified and fit to practice.

The RCVS can also offer reassurance that those practice premises which it accredits as part of the Practice Standards Scheme meet stringent standards.

Consulting Times

Due to Covid 19 we are currently running an emergency only service.

Please telephone the practice if you need us in an emergency.

If you enquiry is not urgent please email the practice. Please allow us at least 48 hours to respond and be sure to identify yourself and your pet and leave a contact telephone number.


With over 100 years of experience we are very proud that we are now the only veterinary practice in Paisley and Inverclyde that still provides a personal 24/7 Emergency Service, which is run by our own staff at our own surgery at reasonable cost. So at night our patients are treated by us at our surgery and not sent to the middle of Glasgow.

You can reach our own emergency service 24 hours a day by calling the practice outside the normal opening hours on 0141 887 4111 or 01475 721155.


Meet Our Team

We have a fantastic team of dedicated staff to look after your pets.

Click on the links below to find out more. . .

Meet Our Clinical Directors

  • Colin GreerJohn Galloway BVM&S MRCVS
    John graduated from Edinburgh University in 1980 and joined the practice immediately after graduation. He joined the partnership in 1988. John is the main equine vet within the practice. He is also heavily involved in the agricultural and small animal sides of the practice. In his spare time John runs a beef farm, breeding pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle. In the summer he enjoys sailing and in the winter he can be found curling and snow boarding/skiing.
  • John GallowayNeil McIntosh BVM&S MRCVS
    Neil McIntosh qualified, with a full head of hair, from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1984. He spent two years in a very rural practice in Royal Deeside, Aberdeen before the cold and the appalling football drove him to Paisley. He joined the partnership in 1990 and has spent his time since then trying to provide the best veterinary service he can at reasonable cost. He now concentrates on small animal medicine and surgery. Neil was STV's 'Call the Vet' from 1997 until the opening of the new surgery in Greenock in 2003 caused him to retire from the limelight, fortunately before he said anything too embarrassing. Neil has also worked on a number of television productions for Sky, the BBC and STV. He has written a weekly Pet Page for the Daily Record since 2001 and he also writes regularly for Clyde Life, Angus Life, West End Life, the Greenock Telegraph and Sporting Gun. Now known to many of his patients as 'Uncle Neil', he realises he is getting older but he still has great enthusiasm for the care of pets.
  • Beverley Naismith BVMS MRCVS
    Beverley has worked at the Abbey Veterinary Group since 1993, starting the day after she received her finals results. A few weeks later, she graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School with distinction in small animal surgery. She spent the first half of her career as a mixed general practitioner progressing to becoming more involved in the small animal side of things after having her children Mhairi and Calum. In her spare time she likes walking her dogs "Dude" (A collie cross who was left in an Avon box with his siblings outside the Greenock Surgeryas a tiny baby) and "Shea" (A whippet and the first pedigree of the household). Beverley also likes to dabble in the equestrian world, a passion shared by Mhairi and they have a great pony, "Brandy" who superseded little "Teddy" the Shetland (now relegated to being a companion although Calum occassionally takes up the reins). To complete the menagerie at home is a one-eyed cat called "Cozi" who, despite her disability, is a mean mouser! Beverley loves her work and enjoys the busy, varied workload. There is nothing better than the sense of achievement at the end of a busy day. Having been a partner for over 10 years now, Beverley has developed an interest in small animal surgery and has a soft spot for some of the smaller species, especially ferrets, and may yet become the proud owner of one.