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Improving track safety a major priority

GRV’s Board, management and clubs are committed to reducing the number of serious racetrack injuries as a critical priority for the industry.

GRV has worked with clubs over the past couple of years on a number of initiatives to help reduce injuries and is now implementing or considering a range of further initiatives to address this problem including:

  • Forums with On Track Vets (OTV) and Racetrack Managers to review data, discuss the issue and develop further options
  • Enhancement of OTV training
  • The potential need for a new rule requiring greyhounds which haven’t raced for three months or more to perform a solo clearance trial at a track before their nomination is accepted
  • GRV to conduct a statistical assessment of risk factors associated with racetrack injury and provide a report to OTVs identifying greyhounds which may require a more detailed pre-race veterinary inspection
  • Looking at measures to increase the amount of time OTVs spend assessing greyhounds immediately prior to racing
  • Fixed cameras to be installed on the first turn and in all catching pens at every track
  • Thorough inspection by Stewards of the area/position on the track where serious injuries have occurred
  • Stewards and OTVs to provide more detailed reports in situations where track deaths have occurred
  • Epidemiological review of all major and catastrophic injuries that occur on Victorian racetracks to refine the understanding of the key risk factors
  • Further research to be undertaken on the location and operation of catching pens, including training and accreditation of catching pen staff as suitable to perform the task.

Check out GRV’s suite of greyhound first-aid videos with Dr Chris Boemo here.

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