Injury Recovery Scheme

GBGB is pleased to announce the launch of an injury recovery scheme (IRS) which will provide financial assistance to an owner whose greyhound has sustained a career ending orthopaedic injury at a GBGB licensed racecourse.

This follows on from the Greyhound Commitment earlier this year which sets out GBGB’s expectations of how the sport and industry should be run with greyhound welfare at its heart.

Funding will be provided towards corrective veterinary treatment of the most serious orthopaedic (bone) injuries so that wherever possible greyhounds can go on to enjoy a full and active life in retirement. A grant of 50% towards the veterinary costs, up to a maximum of £400 per greyhound, will be payable to the applicant upon completion of an IRS application form and the production of a fully paid veterinary invoice.

Racecourses that currently manage their own injury recovery scheme for their owners will be able to apply for IRS funding on behalf of GBGB-registered owners.

GBGB Veterinary Director, Dr. Simon Gower, said:

“This is the first of several initiatives that the GBGB have been working on since the launch of our Greyhound Commitment. As an industry, we must encourage responsible greyhound ownership and support our owners, trainers and racecourses to work towards the elimination of euthanasia of any greyhound on economic grounds.  Several GBGB tracks already have excellent injury recovery programmes and we expect that this funding will enable all our stadia to put in place similar schemes.

“Importantly the IRS funding is open to all registered greyhounds and will support GBGB’s commitment to ensuring that a career-ending injury is not life-ending.”

To apply for IRS funding, please follow this link Injury Recovery Scheme Application Form, contact the GBGB welfare department on 020 7822 0900 (option 1) or speak to your stadium welfare officer.