The American Greyhound Council (AGC) considers education and research among its top priorities. The more industry members, adoption volunteers and greyhound owners can learn about greyhounds and their needs, the better the quality of care they can provide at every stage of the dog’s life. Here are some of the AGC’s most important education and research initiatives.
The AGC conducts internal industry education and produces video and print materials to promote high standards in greyhound training and animal care. Examples include a video demonstrating proper use of the artificial lure in greyhound training; a printed guide to managing greyhound adoptions when tracks close seasonally or permanently on short notice; and a computer-based PowerPoint presentation for use by industry members and adoption groups in educating others about greyhounds, racing and adoption.
The “Care” textbook has won international recognition as the ultimate resource on virtually every aspect of greyhound health and care. The AGC published the first edition in 1994. The second edition, which contains extensive new information on caring for aging retired greyhounds, was published in 2007.
Written by distinguished veterinary experts Drs. Linda Blythe, Morrie Craig, James Gannon and Desmond Fegan, the textbook covers everything from greyhound anatomy and physiology to techniques for detecting injuries, procedures for muscle and skeleton examinations, and the use of common drugs and medications.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the “Care” textbook has been earmarked for greyhound adoption. The AGC has made copies available to greyhound adoption groups at a reduced rate. Order “Care of the Racing and Retired Greyhound” here (Item 1014).
“Greyhound Soundness Examination” Video
The late Dr. James Gannon of Melbourne, Australia, was known as the father of modern-day greyhound veterinary medicine. One of the original authors of “Care of the Racing Greyhound,” Gannon was an internationally recognized veterinarian with special expertise in the area of physical therapy and rehabilitation for greyhounds. Several years ago, Dr. Gannon videotaped a presentation showing proper techniques for examining greyhounds for musculoskeletal soundness. That video has been described as a “must-see” for owners, trainers, adoption workers and veterinarians who routinely check greyhounds for any conditions that could cause pain or lameness. Click each link below to view a segement of the video.