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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Plan greyhound health and emergency care procedures.
  2. Undertake health management programs for greyhounds.
  3. Decide upon treatment for greyhounds.
  4. Administer treatment and monitor greyhound's progress.

Required Skills

Required skills

applying OHS workplace procedures

applying safe handling and work practices when dealing with greyhounds

applying quarantine control measures for isolation of sick greyhounds and prevention of transference of disease by dogs other animals and humans

assessing vital signs of greyhounds

assessing and responding to illnesses or injuries in greyhounds

calming and controlling greyhounds

communicating with kennel staff greyhound health specialists and others using assertive communication techniques to gather and relay information related to managing health and welfare of greyhounds

complying with animal welfare regulations in the care and management of greyhounds

developing health and emergency care protocols and programs

dealing with emergencies

discussing identifying and administering different treatments in accordance with directions

evaluating risks associated with catching and handling greyhounds

giving and receiving instructions

identifying behaviour traits of individual greyhounds

identifying illnesses and injuries in greyhounds

planning and adhering to vaccination and parasite control program schedules

reading and interpreting workplace documentation including relevant rules of racing

relating to people from a range of social cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities

supporting others in handling and providing treatment to greyhounds in the appropriate manner

written communication skills to compile and maintain greyhound health records and associated procedural documentation

Required knowledge

communication procedures within kennel and wider racing industry

common greyhound behaviour social traits and vices

common illnesses and injuries in greyhounds

disease control reporting requirements and quarantine measures

effective working relationships including teamwork

emergency control measures

controlling techniques for greyhounds

greyhound first aid

greyhound feet and limb maintenance programs

greyhound health record systems

industry terminology related to handling and treating greyhounds

parasite control programs

racing industry animal welfare requirements

racing industry safety requirements including safe operating procedures

relevant rules of racing and prohibited substances

signs and symptoms of communicable diseases

signs of shock in greyhounds

signs of lameness in greyhounds

suitable and approved greyhound housing requirements

types of treatments

vaccination programs

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria required skills and knowledge range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to workplace operations and satisfy all of the requirements of the performance criteria required skills and knowledge and the range statement of this unit and include evidence of the following

knowledge of the requirements procedures and instructions that apply to managing greyhound health and welfare

delegating duties related to the care and management of greyhound health according to experience and level of responsibility

implementation of procedures and timely techniques for the safe effective and efficient administration of greyhound health and welfare requirements

working with others to undertake and complete procedures that meet required outcomes

Evidence should be collected over a period of time using a range of greyhounds of different ages sexes and temperaments and at different stages of preparation in racing kennel and track environments

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Competency must be assessed in a racing workplace that provides access to the required resources or simulated environment approved by the relevant State Principal Racing Authority Assessment is to occur under standard and authorised work practices safety requirements and environmental constraints It is to comply with relevant regulatory requirements or Australian Standards requirements

Assessment of the practical components of this unit will be by observation of relevant skills

The following resources must be available

a variety of greyhounds

materials and equipment relevant to assessing candidates ability to manage greyhound health and welfare

safe handling areas such as commercial kennels and training and racetracks

work instructions and related documentation

Method of assessment

Assessment methods must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the Racing Training Package

The suggested strategies for the assessment of this unit are

written andor oral assessment of candidates required knowledge

observed documented and firsthand testimonial evidence of candidates application of practical tasks

simulation exercises conducted in a State Principal Racing Authority approved simulated environment

Evidence is required to be demonstrated over a period of time therefore where performance is not directly observed any evidence should be authenticated by supervisors or other appropriate persons

This unit may be assessed in a holistic way with other units of competency relevant to the industry sector workplace and job role for example

RGRCMNA Maintain and monitor OHS procedures and environmental work practices

RGRCMN401A Maintain and monitor OHS procedures and environmental work practices

RGRPSGA Determine nutritional requirements for racing greyhounds

RGRPSG303A Determine nutritional requirements for racing greyhounds

RGRPSGA Relate anatomical and physiological features to the care and treatment of greyhounds

RGRPSG401A Relate anatomical and physiological features to the care and treatment of greyhounds.

Guidance information for assessment

Assessment methods should reflect workplace demands eg literacy and numeracy demands and the needs of particular target groups eg people with disabilities Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people women people with a language background other than English youth and people from low socioeconomic backgrounds

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording in the performance criteria is detailed below.

The range statement provides details of how this competency can be used in the workplaces of the racing industry to manage greyhound health and welfare. Workplaces include kennels and racecourses, training tracks and public areas.

Health and emergency care protocols and programs may include:

advice to other organisations related to disease control or other issues as required by rules and regulations

advice to stewards of greyhound health or injury status

greyhound management:

routine health checks

equipment and gear cleanliness

handling and monitoring greyhounds

husbandry practices

hazard identification

maintaining first aid and treatments stores

monitoring seasonal status of bitches

notifiable diseases

permissible treatments

record keeping for personal use and rules of racing compliance

vaccine and parasite control programs

veterinary or specialist advice and assistance

kennel and yard cleanliness

risk control measures:

controlling insects or rodents

disinfection and hygiene measures

emergency care procedures

faeces and waste disposal

fire drills

health programs

isolation or quarantine of sick or new greyhounds

monitoring movement of greyhounds

staff management:

access to and administration of treatments

communication procedures

emergency drills.

Suitable and approved premises will require:

access to and exit from kennels that can accommodate emergency situations

accommodation suitable for a mix of sexes to cater for dominant and submissive behaviours

all areas free from sharp or dangerous protrusions

kennels of appropriate size, sited according to prevalent climatic conditions and adequately ventilated

kennel size, construction materials and security comply with industry standards and rules of racing.

Rules of racing and other regulations may include:

Australian rules of racing and local rules of racing of the state or territory regulatory racing body, including kennel establishment:

building structure and maintenance

cleanliness and hygiene

husbandry practices


local government regulations, for example:


disposal of faeces and waste

noise pollution

national and state codes of practice; federal, state and territory legislation; and local government regulations covering animal welfare, including:

operation of dog training establishments

operation of breeding and rearing establishments

OHS legislation and regulations

race club and training track regulations.

Health status of individual greyhounds is assessed:

by observing changes in normal behaviour or performance

during daily and routine health checks

prior to and after travelling or racing

upon first entering kennels

when parasite presence, illness or injury is suspected.

Infectious diseases may include:

canine coronavirus

canine distemper

canine influenza

canine parvovirus


herpes virus

hydatid infection

kennel cough




Vaccination programs will include:

adherence to regulations relating to interstate or overseas travel

ensuring scheduled vaccinations are administered, including vaccines determined by the racing regulatory authority that may include:




Parasite control programs will include:

scheduled regular inspections

identification indicators and conditions related to presence of internal or external parasites

management procedures for internal or external parasites, including:

accurate measurement of dosages

administering topical washes to manufacturer specifications

kennel cleaning and disinfection procedures to prevent transmission of external parasites from animal to animal

meeting and maintaining regulations related to use of pharmaceutical substances

using drenches or worming medications to manufacturer specifications or veterinary instructions

relating treatment to climatic and local conditions that may attract parasite infestation.

Health records information will include:

dates and times of:

application of treatments, including parasite control treatments

arrival at kennels

assessing vital signs

illness or injury incidence


features of greyhound identification

name of greyhound

name of person administering treatment

prescribed treatments administered

treatment instructions

vital signs at rest

weight of greyhound.

Need for veterinary assistance may include:

greyhound may:

be insured

have to be treated with racing competition prohibited substance

have to be withdrawn from competition

require prescription medication

require stitching or specialist injury management or treatment

illness may be:

contagious condition

notifiable disease

passed on to humans

illness or injury may be:

life threatening or have consequences to ongoing career of greyhound

the result of neglect or non-compliance with duty of care.

Treatment options may include:



exercise, for example walking or swimming


ice and heat






Medication and treatments may include:

applying bandages

balms or poultice treatment

medications that must adhere to animal welfare guidelines and the rules of racing, including:


injectable medications

oral medications

topical medications.