GWIC Cuts Ties With On-Track Vet

GWIC has severed ties with one of their approved veterinarians following an investigation into an incident at Richmond on Wednesday afternoon.

Adam Dobbin

28 May 2021

THE Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission (GWIC) has severed ties with one of their approved veterinarians following an investigation into an incident at the Richmond meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Twelve races were staged at Wednesday’s program with the final event delayed 25 minutes due to an ongoing veterinary issue.

It’s understood a greyhound was treated without adequate pain relief which led to the contract between the on-track veterinary service and GWIC being mutually terminated.

“An investigation by the Commission’s Internal Complaints Panel had considered all the information available, including information provided by the contracted on-track veterinarian,” GWIC CEO Steve Griffin said.

“Inquiries were made immediately following the incident at Richmond on Wednesday and further investigated by the Panel Thursday.

“The Panel determined that the Commission’s Principles in the Treatment of Greyhounds and terms of the contract were not adhered to at all times.”

Both full-time veterinarians and those contracted by the Commission are required to follow the Principles in the Treatment of Greyhounds when carrying out their duties.

“In this circumstance, the contract with this service provider has been immediately terminated by agreement between both parties,” Griffin said.

“The welfare of racing greyhounds is a top priority for the Commission, and the industry at large, and that is why procedures such as these Principles are put in place, so that the expectation is clear and we are all accountable for our actions and decisions.

“The Commission sincerely regrets that the veterinary services on this occasion failed to follow the appropriate protocols.”