Gavin Goble – General Manager Greyhound Welfare and Re-homing
For more information on any of the following topics, please contact GRV at [email protected].
Desexing greyhounds prior to attending a GAP pre-entry assessment
Since the introduction of GRV’s Desexing and Dental Scheme, the percentage of greyhounds that enter GAP (after passing a pre-entry assessment) that are already desexed has increased from very few to just over 32% in the last 3 months. This is hugely beneficial, but it is very important that we significantly increase this percentage further.
Desexed greyhounds get priority entry: When new slots are released at the end of every month, or when there is a cancellation, desexed greyhounds get priority to those slots over the non-desexed greyhounds.
Desexed greyhounds are more likely to pass: Since 1 July 2021, 93% of desexed greyhounds have passed vs only 88% of those not desexed. This is an obvious benefit to participants wanting to get their greyhound accepted.
Desexed greyhounds can be adopted more quickly, especially if their teeth are also done, because they don’t have to have the surgery and recover. In addition to this being a benefit for the greyhound, it means GAP can bring more greyhounds in quicker, so reducing the waiting list. If every greyhound (that is at GAP > 3 weeks) was able to get through GAP two weeks quicker, GAP could accept up to 200 more greyhounds per year, so there would probably be little or no waiting list.
GRV’s Desexing and Dental Scheme: GRV will fund the desexing and dental treatment, in most cases entirely. Funding is available up to $500 for a female or cryptorchid male greyhound, or $400 for a male greyhound. GRV will pay your veterinary clinic directly. For more information, or to arrange desexing through the scheme please see https://greyhoundcare.grv.org.au/rehoming/desexing-and-dental-scheme/, or contact the Welfare Department via email on [email protected] or phone 03 83291100.
Just a reminder that to get priority entry if desexed, FastTrack must have your greyhound recorded as desexed, so it is worth checking with Racing Services that your greyhound is recorded as such when you first book your greyhound on the waiting list or if your greyhound is on the waiting list and you have just had it desexed. If you have a desexing certificate, please email it to [email protected] so we can update FastTrack for you. Please do not assume that GRV has received a certificate from your veterinarian – even if it went through the Desexing and Dental Scheme.
Mandatory vaccinations for greyhounds (new rule)
The greyhound Code of Practice requires all adult greyhounds to have a current C5 vaccination and the new national rule (GAR 25) implemented on 1 May 2022 also has the same requirement. Please see https://greyhoundcare.grv.org.au/rules-of-racing for more information on GAR 25 and the accompanying FAQs.
A “current C5” for an adult greyhound usually means a C3 (parvovirus, distemper and hepatitis) every three years and a Kennel Cough every 12 months. However, vaccination requirements for acceptance into GAP are more specific, so please check with GRV if you are planning to get a vaccination for this purpose. Also see https://gap.grv.org.au/about-gap/intake-model/ for the requirements.
Please speak to your veterinarian about when your greyhounds are next due for a vaccination. Kennel Cough is the infectious disease of most concern in the greyhound industry. GRV recommends that the Kennel Cough vaccine is an intranasal rather than injectable, because it is more effective with a single dose and is the Kennel Cough vaccine required by GAP. You will need to record your greyhound’s adult vaccinations in its Greyhound Record (paper-based, electronic or FastTrack).
Please note that some jurisdictions (including WA) are already blocking nominations for unvaccinated greyhounds – if you are racing interstate please check first.
Barking muzzles (new rule)
A new national rule (GAR 30) implemented on 1 May 2022 addresses the use of Barking Muzzles. For Victoria, the rule means that the use of barking muzzles is banned except under circumstances approved by GRV. GRV has written a policy that describes what these approved circumstances are. Please see https://greyhoundcare.grv.org.au/rules-of-racing for more information on GAR 30, the policy (and guidelines) and the accompanying FAQs.
New rehoming rules
Two new local rules (LR 12 & 13) were implemented on 1 May 2022 which replace LR 42.6 and address rehoming obligations and the rehoming of greyhounds into “appropriate” homes. The rules are underpinned by a Rehoming Policy and Guidelines. Please see https://greyhoundcare.grv.org.au/rules-of-racing for more information on LR 12 & 13, the policy/guidelines and the accompanying FAQs. In summary:
- The policy defines what an appropriate home is, reiterating that it is an offence to surrender a greyhound to a council pound (or a shelter that provides pound services to the local government area of any of the greyhound’s connections)
- If the greyhound has a serious medical condition or injury such that immediate euthanasia is the most appropriate course of action, no Notice of Intention to Euthanase (NOI) is required (no change from LR 42.6); if in doubt about the seriousness of the medical condition or injury, please contact GRV prior to euthanasia
- The requirement to submit a NOI has changed for behavioural conditions, including greyhounds that have failed GAP (more information in the FAQs); if you would like more information, or to discuss a particular greyhound, please contact GRV prior to euthanasia
- A euthanasia certificate is required in every case (no change from LR 42.6)
Mandatory desexing for greyhounds (new rule)
From 1 May 2022, the new national rule (GAR 24) will apply to all Victorian greyhounds, which must now be desexed before leaving the care and custody of a registered participant. This means if the greyhound is being rehomed to a person (e.g. member of the public) the greyhound must be desexed prior to rehoming. If the greyhound is being surrendered to a rehoming organisation (including GAP), that agrees in writing to desex the greyhound, the greyhound does not need to be desexed prior to rehoming to comply with GAR 24. However, most rehoming groups (except GAP) will require the greyhound to be desexed or at least be booked in for desexing under the GRV Desexing and Dental Scheme (DDS). Some may give a priority for desexed greyhounds. GRV’s DDS (see https://greyhoundcare.grv.org.au/rehoming/desexing-and-dental-scheme/) will cover the entire cost of both desexing and dental treatment in most cases. GRV strongly recommends desexing prior to a GAP pre-entry assessment (preferably at least several weeks prior) and this should also include a full dental. In addition to priority entry into GAP (see below), advantages of desexing include:
- The potential to increase the likelihood of the greyhound passing its assessment; and
- In the case of females, it avoids the situation of her coming into season at the last minute and not being able to attend the assessment; and
- Greyhounds arriving at GAP desexed can be adopted quicker (if teeth are in good condition) which benefits participants by GAP being able to accept more greyhounds more quickly and reduce waiting times.
Greyhound Recovery Initiative (GRI) and Rehabilitation Grant
On 1 April 2022 GRV made significant improvements to the GRI in terms of available funding. Just a reminder that greyhounds who are eligible for the GRI may, in addition to financial support for veterinary costs, also be eligible for the GRI rehabilitation grant which is paid directly to the participant to support recovery from the injury (it can also be used for additional veterinary costs). As part of the changes on 1 April, additional funds are available if you choose to pay someone else to rehabilitate your greyhound, including a rehabilitation facility. Instead of having to apply for the Rehabilitation Grant, GRV will be contacting the racing owner once GRV as received the necessary documentation. For more information on the scheme (especially the changes), please speak to your OTV (if you are on-track), contact the GRV Welfare department or visit https://greyhoundcare.grv.org.au/greyhound-recovery-initiative/.