It is a priority of the racing industry that the welfare of all participants, including the animals, is maintained at the highest possible standards.
A requirement of registration is that trainers provide proper facilities and accommodation for the animals in their charge and these animals are maintained to the highest levels. Stewards actively conduct inspections of properties to ensure that the proper upkeep of the animals and the establishment is maintained. There are various rules and policies that underpin the application of best practice welfare standards within the racing industry. (add link to the rules and policies page here)
On race days qualified Veterinarians, who are experienced with the animals that are competing, ensure, amongst other things, that the welfare of the animals is never compromised.
The Stewards rely heavily and as a consequence are strongly guided by the opinions of the Course Veterinarians in respect to matters relating to animal welfare.
The restrictions on drugs in racing, which includes stimulants, analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs, not only ensures the confidence of the betting public that races are determined through honest means, but also ensures that the animals competing do so on their own merits without compromising their welfare.
For advice on the use of medications that may contain substances prohibited in racing, trainers should consult their Veterinarian or contact the RWWA Veterinary Department.
Contact RWWA Veterinary Department
Dr Judith Medd, Racing Industry Veterinarian
Phone: (08) 9445 5459
Mobile: 0419 933 719
Fax: (08) 9479 3116
The following websites have further information that is relevant to the health and welfare of racing animals in Australia: