This unit of competency supports supervisors, trainers and others in the greyhound racing industry responsible for assessing health of, and providing first aid for, racing greyhounds.
This unit can be contextualised for other industries while also maintaining the integrity of the unit.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Assess health and condition of greyhounds.
1. Signs of a healthy and fit greyhound are identified.
2. Signs of ill health , injury or distress are recognised.
3. Procedures for specialist treatment referral are followed.
Respond to injuries, illnesses or distress in greyhounds.
4. First aid policies and procedures with respect to obligations to greyhounds, owners, regulations and duty of care are understood and followed.
5. Rules relating to prohibited substances and alternative treatments are complied with.
6. Basic first aid treatment is applied to greyhounds, following kennel procedures.
Monitor greyhound health and welfare before and after exercise or races.
7. Pre and post-exercise or race assessment of greyhound for injuries, distress, health and fitness is implemented.
8. Signs of illness, injury or distress are reported to officials where required.
applying safe handling and work practices when dealing with greyhounds
applying basic first aid to greyhounds
applying quarantine control measures for isolation of sick greyhounds and prevention of transference of disease by dogs, other animals and humans
assessing and responding to injuries in greyhounds
assessing vital signs of greyhounds
calming and restraining greyhounds
communicating with employer, supervisor, co-workers and others using assertive communication techniques to gather and relay information related to assessing health and first aid requirements for greyhounds
evaluating risks associated with catching, handling and controlling sick or injured greyhounds
identifying behaviour traits of individual greyhounds
identifying and correctly using different treatments following procedures
identifying common illnesses and injuries in greyhounds
implementing emergency care procedures
incorporating safe operating procedures into all instructions
providing assistance to others in the workplace
reporting greyhound irregularities to kennel nominated person
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 complete workplace documentation and reports.
communication procedures within kennel and wider racing industry
common behaviour traits of healthy, sick, injured or distressed greyhounds
common illnesses and injuries in greyhounds
disease control and reporting requirements
effective working relationships, including teamwork
greyhound first aid and emergency care
industry terminology related to handling and treating greyhounds
racing industry animal welfare requirements
racing industry safety requirements, including safe operating procedures
relevant rules of racing and prohibited substances
restraining techniques for greyhounds
signs of lameness in greyhounds
signs of shock in greyhounds
types of treatments.
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 assessing greyhound health and providing first aid
implementation of procedures and timely techniques for the safe, effective and efficient performance of greyhound health and first aid assessment and application
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 candidate's ability to assess greyhound health and fitness and apply required first aid procedures
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 and/or oral assessment of candidate's required knowledge
observed, documented and firsthand testimonial evidence of candidate's 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.
Guidance information for assessment
Assessment methods should reflect workplace demands (e.g. literacy and numeracy demands) and the needs of particular target groups (e.g. 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).
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 assess health and provide first aid for greyhounds. Workplaces include greyhound kennels and racecourses, training tracks and public areas.
Signs of a healthy and fit greyhound may include:
alert and interested in surroundings
clearly defined muscle structure with veins clearly showing
coat condition light and flat
eating up and drinking appropriate quantity of water daily
greyhound standing with weight carried on all four limbs
weight within optimal range relevant to natural body structure and fitness status.
Signs of ill health, injury or distress may include:
excess heat in limbs or isolated areas of body
discolouration of urine
temperature, pulse or respiration outside normal parameters
slow skin rebound
tenderness in body parts.
Specialist may include:
Reason for referral may include:
have to be treated with race day or non-race day prohibited substances
have to be withdrawn from competition
require prescription medication
require stitching or specialist injury management or treatment
illness may be:
passed on to humans
illness or injury may be:
life threatening or have consequences to ongoing career of greyhound
result of neglect or non-compliance with duty of care.
First aid policies and procedures may include:
administration of treatments
communication processes when greyhounds are treated
disease prevention and control
emergency contact details, including veterinarian
procedure for recording treatments
procedure for reporting and recording vital signs
regular health checks
replenishing supplies of first aid kits, including portable first aid kit
system of referral for injury treatment
staff access to first aid treatments and materials.
Prohibited substances may include:
substances listed below as well as other items defined by racing regulatory authority from time to time, including:
general and local anaesthetics
vitamins administered by injection.
Basic first aid treatment may include:
applying bandages for:
control of bleeding and swelling
drawing out of foreign bodies or pus
managing heat or cold distress
nursing sick, in pain or anxious greyhounds
observing behaviour signs and symptoms of illness and injury
preventing where possible further injury or spread of disease
providing clean, warm or cool shelter out of inclement weather
quarantining sick greyhounds
removing, where possible cause of illness or injury
taking and monitoring vital signs
treating swelling and inflammation
using safe shifting or lifting techniques.
First aid equipment may include:
antiseptic cream, lotions or sprays
bandages and wound dressings
infection control items
inflammation and swelling controlling items, including:
stretchers or other carrying methods
wound cleaning solutions.
Pre and post-exercise or race assessment may include:
pre-race or exercise assessment includes:
assessing vital signs
checking greyhound for illnesses or injuries
checking feed and water intake
checking faeces quantity and quality
post-race or exercise assessment includes:
greyhound's recovery rate of vital signs
recognition of signs of:
limb injuries, including heat or swelling
Greyhound racing code
This unit contains employability skills.
Refer to Unit Descriptor