Rásaíocht Con Éireann (RCÉ) / Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI) is to provide funding for the treatment of greyhounds which have been injured while racing or participating in Qualifying Trials at RCÉ Licensed stadia through the introduction of a new scheme called “The Injuries at Tracks Recovery Scheme” (‘the Scheme’). This scheme will be open to all owners and trainers who have incurred veterinary costs in the treatment of greyhounds to repair a *career ending orthopaedic (bone) injury which was sustained while racing or running qualifying Trials at a RCÉ licensed stadium.
An application to The Injuries at Track Recovery Scheme (‘the Scheme’) shall be made in the knowledge that the greyhound will be immediately retired from competitive action (trials and races) following its treatment and every effort must be made to find this greyhound a suitable home. This greyhound shall not be used for breeding purposes. Any greyhound that has been treated through ‘the Scheme’ shall not be sold or given away for other purposes including breeding and racing.
A fully paid invoice from the veterinary practice that completed the treatment of the greyhound and the completed application form together with (a) a veterinary certificate of treatment issued by the ‘track vet’ at the time the injury occurred (if injury occurred during racing) or (b) a veterinary certificate of treatment issued by the veterinary surgeon who treated the greyhound on day injury occurred together with confirmation from the relevant Racing Manager/Control Steward of the occurrence of the injury (if injury occurred during Qualifying Trials), shall be submitted when applying to RCÉ for funding under this Scheme. RCÉ may require additional evidence regarding the retirement details of the greyhound prior to settling any application for funding.
Assistance funding will be set at 50% of the veterinary cost, up to a maximum of €500 for hock or long bone injuries, per greyhound.
The scheme is being put in place to minimise the euthanasia of greyhounds injured at race tracks and to enable treated greyhounds to enjoy an active life in retirement within a family setting.
RCÉ is committed to encouraging responsible greyhound ownership and spreading the message amongst industry patrons that all racing greyhounds shall be treated with care and that after racing each enjoys a happy retirement.
‘a career–ending injury is not necessarily life-ending’ and a long & happy retirement is everyone’s goal’ .
*Career ending bone injuries may include fractured hocks, fractured long bones, multiple fractures of the metacarpals/metatarsals.
Note that all claims from the RCÉ Track Injury Recovery Scheme will be individually assessed and reviewed in detail. RCÉ reserves the right to withhold payment if it has reason to believe the claim to be fraudulent.