This unit of competency supports supervisors, trainers and others in the greyhound racing industry responsible for managing greyhound health and welfare.
This unit can be contextualised for other industries while also maintaining the integrity of the unit.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Plan greyhound health and emergency care procedures.
1. Health and emergency care protocols and programs are developed and relayed to staff.
2. Greyhounds' housing is arranged in suitable and approved premises that are maintained to health and safety standards specified by the rules of racing and other regulations .
3. Health status of individual greyhounds is assessed.
4. Infectious diseases are identified and control measures implemented.
5. Signs and symptoms of distressed or injured greyhounds are identified and prioritised.
Undertake health management programs for greyhounds.
6. Vaccination programs are implemented.
7. Parasite control programs are implemented.
8. Health records are compiled and updated.
Decide upon treatment for greyhounds.
9. Health care and managementare determined.
10. Prognosis for common illnesses and injuries is discussed.
11. Need for veterinary assistance or other specialist advice is determined.
12. Treatment options are evaluated and preferred option is selected for common injuries and illnesses.
Administer treatment and monitor greyhound's progress.
13. Medication and treatments are administered according to kennel procedures, directions and industry and animal welfare regulations.
14. Greyhound recovery is monitored and health records are updated.
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.
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
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 candidate's 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 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, for example:
RGRCMN401A Maintain and monitor OHS procedures and environmental work practices
RGRPSG303A Determine nutritional requirements for racing greyhounds
RGRPSG401A Relate anatomical and physiological features to the care and treatment of greyhounds.
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 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
routine health checks
equipment and gear cleanliness
handling and monitoring greyhounds
maintaining first aid and treatments stores
monitoring seasonal status of bitches
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
isolation or quarantine of sick or new greyhounds
monitoring movement of greyhounds
access to and administration of treatments
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
local government regulations, for example:
disposal of faeces and waste
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:
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
vital signs at rest
weight of greyhound.
Need for veterinary assistance may include:
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:
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:
balms or poultice treatment
medications that must adhere to animal welfare guidelines and the rules of racing, including:
Greyhound racing code
This unit contains employability skills.
Refer to Unit Descriptor