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Attendance encouraged at GBGB Veterinary Seminar on Respiratory Disease in Racing Greyhounds

The Veterinary Sub-committee at the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) is hosting a seminar in London on Thursday 24th April to discuss ongoing GBGB-commissioned research and findings into canine respiratory disease present in the British greyhound population.

The seminar is open to any interested party including licensed trainers, veterinary surgeons, track staff, greyhound owners and members of the press.

Simon Gower, GBGB Veterinary Director said:

“A number of isolated but high profile cases of the potentially fatal bacterium, strep.zoo, have been reported in the media in recent months. Therefore we are holding a seminar which will consist of two short presentations and a question and answer session to inform any interested party of the work we are carrying out to better understand the disease.

“In the overwhelming majority of cases, carriers show no symptoms and will enjoy perfectly normal racing careers and healthy retirements. There is no cause for alarm but we understand the necessity to impose kennel quarantines can lead to confusion so the seminar is about getting our veterinary advice across and keeping everyone up to date.”

The free seminar is not expected to last longer than two hours, including a light lunch and Simon Gower will introduce GBGB Veterinary Sub-committee member Richard Payne and Andrew Waller from the Animal Health Trust. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

Richard Payne MRCVS, coordinator of GBGB’s sudden death reporting program, added:

“We have collected and analysed data since the disease monitoring program was established in 2007, and advances in the prevention, identification and treatment of respiratory disease have formed part of this work. I often liaise with, and visit, trainers who have experienced a sudden death at their kennels, and the knowledge gained by this work needs to be disseminated, so I would urge as many as possible to attend on the day.”

The open seminar is being held at GBGB, Procter House, London at 11:00am on Thursday 24th April 2014. Those wishing to attend are asked to register with Lucy Dye at GBGB by calling 020 7421 3771 or by emailing  


For further information please contact:
James McCreadie, GBGB Press Officer
t.     020 7421 3775
m.   07506 569 021