The NSW Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission (GWIC) is seeking expressions of interest from professional NSW greyhound trainers to expand its list of trainers who participate on the Race Injury Review Panel.
The Commission’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Michelle Ledger, said the panel is the first of its kind in the greyhound racing industry, with a fundamental purpose of better understanding the underlying causes of racing injuries.
“We have been operating this panel for over a year now and have received valuable contributions from a number of professional trainers in NSW,” Dr Ledger said.
“The panel meets monthly to analyse the contributing factors in relation to serious and catastrophic race injuries and works to develop and implement preventative measures that will reduce the rate and severity of injuries to racing greyhounds.
“All catastrophic injuries or deaths at NSW tracks are subject to a detailed case by case review by the Panel.”
In its review, the Panel identifies and analyses all contributing factors to each case which could be training-related, race-related, track-related or greyhound-related. Causal factors also considered could include race factors, such as collisions and falls, the greyhound’s racing history, breeding and genetics, training influences, previous injuries, track conditions, environmental influences, etc.
The Panel is chaired by the Commission’s Chief Veterinary Officer and includes:
- The Commission’s Chief Steward
- A member of the Greyhound Industry Animal Welfare Committee and/or other independent expert
- Nominated representative/s from GRNSW
- Professional greyhound trainer appointed by the Commission
- Any such expertise as the Chair deems appropriate.
“A representative pool of professional trainers is invited to sit on the panel on a rotating basis, and I thank those trainers who have been participating on the panel so far,” Dr Ledger said.
“More trainers are being sought as they can bring a unique perspective on the preparation and exercise regimen of racing greyhounds, and the history of rearing practices, spelling, treatments and nutritional aspects.”
To be considered for the panel, trainers must meet the selection criteria.
GWIC Injury Panel Selection Criteria
- Local NSW trainer for at least five years
- Professional greyhound trainer
- No previous welfare rule breaches or convictions
- No recent (two years) prohibited substance rule breaches
- Regularly races at, at least three different tracks in NSW
- Involved in breeding or rearing would be an advantage
- Passionate about improving the welfare outcomes in the greyhound industry and ensuring the sustainability of the industry
- Concerned with improving public confidence in greyhound racing through transparency
- Amenable to working alongside GWIC and GRNSW to achieve a reduction in the incidence of racing injuries
- Able to put aside self-interest and work co-operatively and represent all trainers and the greyhound industry’s best interests
Expressions of interest will close on 31 May 2020.
For more information on the selection criteria, visit the Commission’s website.