To ensure the racing industry, including the VRC, is constantly improving in all areas of equine welfare, initiatives and reforms are investigated and implemented. The racing industry welcomes the collaboration with government and other groups to achieve this lasting change.
Racing Victoria (RV) introduces a new Diagnostic Imaging Subsidy Program as part of its proactive approach to injury prevention in thoroughbred racehorses by using advanced veterinary technology for early detection and intervention.
Racing Victoria’s valuable acknowledged retrainers work tirelessly to transition retired racehorses into new careers and have recently been given a boost with a dedicated funding grant programme designed to increase their capacity to rehome off the track thoroughbreds.
New and unique horse welfare platform StableWizard is set to have significant impact on day-to-day stable life across Australia.
In November last year, Racing Victoria (RV) and the Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria (RDAV) announced a formal partnership intended to create new opportunities for retired Victorian thoroughbred racehorses.
Whip guideline changes in Victoria reopens a topic that can be divisive.
A new Equine Welfare Advisory Council will be a source of expert advice and opinion.
The International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses is a combined effort of some of the best in equine welfare from around the world.
In a collaborative effort, the Thoroughbred Welfare Aftercare Working Group will enhance welfare outcomes for retired racehorses, unraced horses, and those retired from breeding.
Karen Day is Racing Australia’s first National Welfare and Traceability Executive.
Data sharing between Equestrian Australia and Racing Australia will allow for more accurate tracing of thoroughbred horses moving between the industries.
The global COVID-19 pandemic is a very confronting situation that has impacted everyone. Our thoughts are with every person affected by COVID-19 and the VRC is determined to do its part by taking decisive action to help minimise the spread of the virus including the safety and wellbeing of all industry participants.
A new Independent Working Group has been established to develop a national horse welfare scheme.
The VRC considers equine health and wellbeing a top priority with many people dedicating their time to ensuring the best possible care for thoroughbreds.