Welcome to GRV’s Greyhound Care & Standards site
Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) is the statutory body responsible for promoting and controlling the sport of greyhound racing in Victoria. Only by maintaining the highest levels of greyhound welfare day in day out, will we ensure a strong and sustainable future for the sport.
Supporting, enabling and encouraging a culture of ongoing participant learning and personal skill development is a key component in GRV’s strategy for success. One of GRV’s roles is to help guide and support participants to meet their various obligations and responsibilities.
This website has been developed with this in mind, and as such, contains a wealth of information on a variety of topics, including:
- Code of Practice, greyhound facilities, planning & council permits,
- whole of life care for racing greyhounds,
- injury and illness management,
- retirement and preparation for re-homing,
- becoming involved / registration information,
- personal health and wellbeing,
- rules of racing and policies, and
- greyhound breeding, education and training plans.
Participant Support Line
The Participant Support Line is a support service provided by GRV for participants seeking general information, guidance or assistance on a wide variety of greyhound racing related activities, requirements, and topics.
The welfare of greyhounds must be the number one consideration at every stage of their lives
Breeding (0-3 months)
Make careful decisions about the choice of sire and dam, and understand the costs and resources needed
Rearing (3-13 months)
The time for socialisation, regular galloping, human interaction, chasing balls and learning to walk on the lead
Education (13-22 months)
Where good rearing practice shows up, with first exposure to intense training (for four weeks), then a spell for eight, followed by pre-training (for twelve weeks)
Racing (22 months – four years)
Greyhounds generally begin racing at around 22 months, and race about 30 times per year until they are about four years of age
Retirement (four years+)
Consider options, which include suitability for breeding, and re-homing as a pet via the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP)
National Adoption Day 2019
The National Adoption Day is back again this year. All GAP organisations came together on Sunday 28th April to hold an adoption day nationwide which saw 207 greyhounds find their forever homes.
Alan Clayton’s Monthly Message
Read the monthly update from Greyhound Racing Victoria’s CEO, Alan Clayton, on the latest GRV activity and developments in the sport.
To read the full message, click here.