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31/12/2022 Previous General Alerts To view previous general alerts published by GRV, change the "View Year" drop down option to 2021 (or earlier years) and select the "View" button.
01/08/2022 Barking Muzzles - Guidance Notes on Prohibited Types The use of Barking Muzzles at any time, on any greyhound, is prohibited. Attached is a visual guidance as to what type of muzzles are prohibited and what type of muzzles are approved. Pdf Icon
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23/06/2022 Stewards Guidance Note for Participants – June 2022 Application of GAR 129 – Unsatisfactory Performance Stewards Guidance Note for Participants – June 2022 - Application of GAR 129 – Unsatisfactory Performance
Greyhounds that pull up after the finish line and do not run past the return gate or otherwise escape from or jump over the catching pen infrastructure.
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09/06/2022 Fact Sheet on Veterinary Clearances and Stand-down Period Penalty Variations This FAQ outlines the various penalties that may be applied to greyhounds when they are scratched or issued a stand-down period in accordance with the Rules, or any veterinary certification required, and whether there is an ability to vary any penalty applied. This includes penalties or certification requirements for injury, illness, seasonal, return to racing, etc that may be issued by Stewards following the scratching by the trainer or on-track veterinarian (OTV).

A quick reference guide and a template veterinary certificate are also included as appendices.

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12/05/2022 INCREASE IN REPORTS OF GASTRO IN GREYHOUNDS IN VICTORIA GRV wishes to make participants aware of recent reports of gastrointestinal illness affecting kennels in Victoria

Affected greyhounds have been showing signs of mild vomiting, diarrhoea, dehydration and lethargy that resolves after a few days. Tests results from some affected greyhounds have revealed canine enteric coronavirus to be present and to be the likely cause of this illness, which was the cause of a larger outbreak in early 2020. Canine enteric coronavirus is an infectious gastrointestinal virus that is easily spread via the faeco-oral route and as such greyhounds with suspected illness should be isolated and steps taken to limit the spread of this virus, including for 10 days after symptoms resolve.

If you suspect your greyhound may have gastro, or has recently been exposed to a greyhound with gastro, you should scratch them from any races you are nominated in, do not trial them or take them to other communal training facilities, and withdraw them from GAP intakes. Allowing gastro cases to spread will impact on all aspects of the industry, including GAP intakes, and so minimising their contact with other greyhounds and ensuring good hygiene/biosecurity practices is vital to limiting spread and impact.

Trainers with affected greyhounds are reminded to seek veterinary advice and treatment where required from their veterinarian. Further precautions that can be taken include applying appropriate hygienic procedures which will include;

- Isolation of affected greyhounds.
- Disinfection of kennels, food and water bowls etc. e.g. with bleach disinfectant.
- Staff attending to affected greyhounds should disinfect hands, clothing and shoes as appropriate and prevent any unnecessary contact with unaffected greyhounds, and particularly young greyhounds which may be more susceptible.
- Movement of greyhounds into and out of affected kennels should be restricted where possible to minimise the spread of illness.

Please notify GRV of any suspect cases via scratching any affected greyhound due to illness (diarrhoea), or contacting vets@grv.org.au or (03) 8329 1100.

Further information is provided in the Fact Sheet – Infectious Gastroenteritis available here: https://tinyurl.com/448b3nrc
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02/05/2022 Re-Vetting’s On-Course under GAR 41 (5) This notice reminds participants that the on-course ''re-vetting'' of greyhounds under GAR 41 (5) must be applied for and booked through the Stewards Admin Office. Please call the Stewards Office and speak with our Business Support Officer directly or alternatively apply in writing via email to stewardsadmin@grv.org.au and our Business Support Officer will contact you to arrange a suitable venue and time. Pdf Icon
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10/03/2022 Increase in Kennel Cough cases being reported Participants are advised that there appears to be a small increase in the number of greyhounds with symptoms of Kennel Cough being reported over the past week. Symptoms have been relatively mild (husky cough, lethargic) and short lived (3-7 days).

If you suspect your greyhound may have Kennel Cough or has been exposed to a greyhound with Kennel Cough, you should scratch them from any races you are nominated in, do not trial them or take them to other communal training facilities, and withdraw them from GAP intakes.

Allowing Kennel Cough cases to spread will impact on all aspects of the industry, including GAP intakes – and so minimising their contact with other greyhounds and ensuring good hygiene/biosecurity practices is vital to limiting spread and impact.

If you have not had your greyhounds vaccinated for Kennel Cough in the last 6-12 months, please ensure you speak to your veterinarian about improving their immunity by giving a booster vaccination now. While not effective against all forms of Kennel Cough, we know the intra-nasal or oral vaccine is faster acting and more likely to be effective than an injectable vaccine, for those forms that vaccination does protect against.

For more information including clinical signs, biosecurity information, vaccination considerations and avoiding a positive swab to cough medicines, please visit the following links:

https://greyhoundcare.grv.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Welfare_Fact_Sheets_2019_Kennel_Cough.pdf

https://greyhoundcare.grv.org.au/faqs/kennel-cough/
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