Press Release For Registered Breeders
Friday, 2 June 2023
|Dogs Victoria Registered Breeders
We understand that navigating all of the requirements and regulations that apply to breeders can be confusing and a little overwhelming – especially for breeders who have been breeding for a long time and who have seen the rules change, and change again!
The Dogs Victoria Breeder Committee is constantly striving to assist ALL
Dogs Victoria Breeders whether they are breeding their first litter or have been breeding dogs for decades.
In the last few years, we have undertaken a number of initiatives to better educate new breeders and to assist all existing Dogs Victoria breeders comply with both the Dogs Victoria and State Government requirements that apply to breeders. This has included:
- The introduction of the Dogs Victoria Breeder Education Package to replace the old 'Prefix Exam'.
- Development of more than 30 short 'Fact Sheets' on topics related to breeding (with more to come).
- Introduction of the Breeder Notification Letters; a proactive system to help educate breeders and prevent breaches of the 'three litters in 18 months' rule.
- Development of a completely revamped 'New Puppy Guide' full of information to help your new owners navigate those first few months with their puppy.
We are very excited to announce that the 2nd Edition of the Dogs Victoria Breeder Education Booklet has just been released, with updated and expanded content.
We would encourage ALL breeders, regardless of how long they have held their prefix, to take a look through this wonderful resource which is available either as a hard copy (which you can purchase through the Dogs Victoria Office) or as a free PDF download
The Breeder Education Booklet provides an excellent summary of the current requirements – whether they be Dogs Victoria requirements, State Government or Local Council Requirements, and is relevant to all breeders.
If you are not sure about a current rule or requirement for breeders, the Breeder Education Booklet will have the answer in a simple, easy-to-read format.
To pair with its release, Dogs Victoria has also updated and simplified all of the Breeder Template documents to better assist breeders with their record-keeping requirements.
The new template documents are now mostly single-page, and simple to understand and complete. During their development, they have been extensively trialled and evaluated by breeders, vets and Dogs Victoria staff to ensure they are easy for everyone to use.
There are currently eight updated templates:
Of course, you are more than welcome to develop your own documents to meet the requirements, or your veterinarian may already have a template they have developed themselves that they prefer to use – that is fine!
The new templates will be available for download from the Dogs Victoria website whenever you need them, but we thought that you might like a copy of each template to keep on your records.
We have also made finding the templates on the Dogs Victoria website a little easier with all of these resources now located under a new ‘Breeder Resources
So which ones will I need to use – and when?
As a Dogs Victoria breeder who holds a prefix, you MUST have a documented 'Health Management Plan'
and one (or more) 'Veterinary Services Agreement'
, regardless of whether or not you are actively breeding litters.
All of your breeding animals require an 'Annual Health Check
', and those that you are breeding for the first time must have a 'Clearance to Commence Breeding'
(which can be done at the time of the annual health check).
If you plan on breeding an older girl, you may need to use the 'Over 8 Breeding Clearance'
to make sure that she is fit and healthy for breeding.
When it comes time to have a litter, there are templates for your 'Breeder Health Declaration'
(a requirement at the time of sale), and a 'Puppy Health check'
your veterinarian can complete for each puppy. There is also the 'Post Whelping Veterinary Check'
for the mother of the litter.
We have also included a 'Breeder Checklist'
for you – stepping you through all of the requirements and due diligence required when breeding a litter.
Dogs Victoria's Breeder Committee and staff also plan to run some online training seminars in the coming months to further assist our breeders, and to answer any questions relating to the current requirements.
If you have any questions in relation to your paperwork and record-keeping requirements, and how these templates may help you, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
.Sincerely, Jason Eggleton | Chief Executive
Online membership renewals
Friday, 12 May 2023
ONLINE MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
The ability to renew memberships via the online portal has been restored.
To log in, please click here.
Lure Coursing Rule Review Process
Monday, 8 May 2023
LURE COURSING RULE REVIEW PROCESS
Dogs Australia have announced that the process for potential rule changes for Dogs Australia Lure Coursing for the new rules and regulations to take effect from 1 January 2025 are to commence now.
Please click here to view the full notice for details.
Victorian Canine Association Management Committee Elections 2023
Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Victorian Canine Association Management Committee Elections 2023
Management Committee Election
At the close of nominations at 4 pm on Monday 9 January 2023 eight nominations were received for the five vacancies on the management committee.
The scrutiny and count of ballot papers received before the close of voting at 5 pm on Tuesday 4 April 2023, was conducted on Wednesday 5 April 2023 at the Victorian Electoral Commission, Level 4, 530 Collins St, Melbourne.
The following first preference votes were polled by the candidates, listed below in ballot paper order:
Formal Ballot Papers included in count: 1,387
Informal ballot Papers: 29
Total Ballot Papers: 1,416
PARK, Mal 175
TRIMBLE, Raelene 216
HUMPHRIES, Kathleen May 235
MILFORD, Jake 219
PATCHETT, James 100
TAYLOR, Dale N 188
CARR, Gwenda Rae 112
HARTFORD, Jason 142
Following the distribution of ballot papers and pursuant to Rule 2.74 of the VCA In Rules, I hereby certify the result of the election and declare the following five candidates elected.
Kathleen May HUMPHRIES - 1st elected Four year term
Raelene TRIMBLE - 2nd elected Four year term
Jake MILFORD - 3rd elected Four year term
Dale N. TAYLOR - 4th elected Two year term
Mal PARK - 5th elected One year term
Member Update: FCI A20 Report
Wednesday, 5 April 2023
Dogs Australia has been advised by the FCI A2O Secretariat that the following form is required when sending in the results of your FCI A2O Shows. This form should be accompanied with a digital copy of the show catalogue. Please click here to download the following form
PRESS RELEASE: Ehrlichiosis in Dogs
Wednesday, 8 March 2023
Please CLICK HERE to view the press release from Dogs Australia.
ATTENTION: DOGS VICTORIA BREEDERS
Monday, 13 February 2023
ATTENTION: DOGS VICTORIA BREEDERS
We have been notified that some of our members have been targeted for inspections by local laws officers due to advertisements for dog sales posted on online classifieds such as Gumtree, Trading Post, and Facebook Marketplace.
To ensure that our members comply with the legislation, we would like to remind you to confirm your Pet Exchange Register account details and animal registrations with your local council are up-to-date. This will help avoid discrepancies that could trigger an inspection.
As a reminder, the following details must be included in advertisements once the litter is born:
Microchip numbers for each dog being sold
Your Dogs Victoria membership number, and
"Please contact Dogs Victoria on email: email@example.com to verify my membership."
Please refer to our Fact Sheet for more information on advertising animals for sale.
Only members with a current financial Breeders Prefix can register for a Source Number associated with their Dogs Victoria membership. Invalid Source Numbers are reported to the Pet Exchange Register for review. For more information on becoming a Dogs Victoria Breeder, please see our Fact Sheet.
We take our Regulations seriously and routinely take compliance action against members who are in breach, including unregistered breeding. If you would like to report a potential breach, you may send a tip-off to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate your cooperation in helping to maintain a professional and compliant canine community.
FCI Committee for Dog Welfare and Health
Tuesday, 31 January 2023
Please see the below booklets which have been released by FCI that cover the following to present an in depth explanation of the importance of dog welfare related matters and their connection to our activities. These documents target the everyday dog keeper, presenting complex materials related to responsible dog keeping o prevent dog welfare matters and better understand the importance of registered breeding.
What Does Responsible Breeding Mean?
Why Choose a National Canine Organisation Registered Breeder?
Preparing and Caring for your Puppy
National RAFT Hall of Fame - Call for Nominations
Friday, 25 November 2022
Please click here for further information on RETRIEVING & FIELD TRIAL “HALL OF FAME” 2023 Nominations from Dogs Australia.
Please Note: Nominations will close on 31 May 2023 at respective Member Body offices for forwarding to Dogs Australia immediately after this date.
Animal Welfare Law Reforms
Tuesday, 18 October 2022
The Victorian Government is preparing to implement law reform of the current Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.
In September 2022, the Victorian Government released the "Plan for Victoria’s new animal care and protection laws" for community consultation. The plan has broad-ranging implications for how animal welfare is governed in Victoria. The plan seeks to increase the regulation of animal-related activities and enhance the already extensive powers of enforcement officers.
Dogs Victoria has advocated on behalf of in interests all members by lodging a formal submission in response to the proposed plan. Members are encouraged to read Dogs Victoria's submission, which is available on our website here.
Community consultation on the plan is now closed. Dogs Victoria would like to thank all members who provided their own feedback or submissions.
The Victorian Government intends to release a draft Bill of the reformed legislation in 2023.