Using the Treatment Book to Best Effect
The trainer's treatment book is a valuable document and should be looked after carefully.
properly used, it is not only an accurate record of each greyhound's
medical history, but a vital management tool to monitor and assess the
health status of each kennels. It is best used by being taken with a
greyhound to the veterinary surgeon, when the diagnosis, treatment and
recommendations for continuing care can be accurately recorded, to
avoid any misunderstanding on the technicalities of treatment. The
fewer people information passes through, the more accurate it is, and
writing it down makes this easy, especially when everyone is busy.
by chance a treatment book is not available when treatment is given,
then a written (signed and stamped) record with the same information
should be requested from the vet so that records can still be kept. A
duplicate book makes this easy. If the book itself is not being filled
in by the vet, it is important that the dog is unambiguously
identified, ideally by ear marks and racing name to avoid confusion.
information the book contains is invaluable when looking at the overall
health of the kennels. Antiparasitic programmes can be designed to best
effect by considering the whole picture, in conjunction with the
trainer's veterinary surgeon, and this can often lead to substantial
savings and more effective treatment. A particular problem may also be
identified by looking at disease patterns, e.g. of kennel cough or
kennel sickness, and preventive action taken.
The treatment book
also helps the GBGB Stewards in case of a positive test, as it
clarifies the exact dates and dosage of legitimate treatments, and also
of oestrus. This can help a trainer when explaining the circumstances
of a positive result.
It is the trainer's responsibility to
ensure that the treatment book is filled in completely and accurately.
At kennel inspections, the veterinary surgeon or Area Stipendiary
Steward will need to see the treatment book(s) and will sign them as
having been seen with no obvious spaces or alterations. The signature
is not corroboration that all the entries are accurate or appropriate
as that is the trainer's responsibility. In the event of a GBGB
Steward's Inquiry, the book MUST be produced and will be subject to
detailed scrutiny at that time.
In summary, trainers as part of
their GBGB licence are obliged to keep a treatment book fulfilling
certain conditions, but it can be much more useful than just a legal
requirement; potentially better health for the greyhounds, more
economical and effective use of treatments, and less time wasted on
trying to sort out confusion.