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Latest News - GBGB Track Vet Conference - Hall Green, Thursday 4th October


Hall Green Stadium will host the annual GBGB-track vet training conference on Thursday 4th October where best practice and expertise will be shared on a range of topics ranging from cramp and eccentric muscle injury in greyhounds to genetic aspects of single trait selective breeding for speed.

The conference is scheduled to run from 9.30am to 5pm and all vets with an interest in greyhounds are welcome to attend. Speakers on the day will include Jane McNicholl from the University of Adelaide Veterinary School who will present on the effects of hot weather on greyhound racing and transport in Australia, Janet Daly from Nottingham University speaking about equine flu and Strep. Zoo. equi, Jim Usherwood of RVC on racing locomotion, and GBGB Veterinary Director Simon Gower’s annual update.

An optional social night and dinner will precede the conference on Wednesday 3rd October (meet 8pm, Hall Green Lodge Hotel) and accommodation for both evenings is available at the stadium’s Lodge Hotel at a discounted rate of £49.95pp (B&B). Limited availability will require vets to book early by calling 0121 777 3480 or emailing

Vets wishing to register for the conference should contact Lucy Dye at GBGB on 020 7421 3770 or by emailing Registration for GBGB-licensed vets is free, a £75 charge is applicable to non-GBGB vets.  Please see the full agenda below:

(All sessions will be followed by a Q&A session)
Coffee and registration

Greyhound Locomotion Modelling     
Dr Jim Usherwood, Structure and Motion Laboratory, Royal Veterinary College

Coffee Break

Cramp and eccentric muscle injury in greyhounds
Richard Payne MA VetMB AdvCertVPhys CertEdVPT HonFIRVAP MRCVS

Latest on Equine Influenza in racing greyhounds
Janet Daley, BSc. PhD. Lecturer in Comparative Virology, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham

12.45 - 13.45

Effects of hot weather on greyhound racing & transport in Australia
Jane McNicholl MVB, University of Adelaide Veterinary School

Genetic aspects of single trait selective breeding for speed & update on research
Ruth Dockerty, BVSc MSc(VIDC) MRCVS, School of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool

A surgical approach to common racing and growing injuries & update from the AGVA Australian racing scene
Richard Eaton-Wells, BVSc MACVSc MRCVS, Specialist Small Animal Surgeon, Australia
Veterinary aspects to focus on aiding the rehoming of racing greyhounds
Frances Allen MRCVS, RGT Trustee

GBGB Veterinary Director’s Annual Update and Q&A session
GBGB Veterinary Director Simon Gower & Senior Stipendiary Steward Paul Illingworth


Coffee and CPD Certificates

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