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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Canine Research Foundation - 2019 Grants

Friday, 16 March 2018

The Canine Research Foundation is seeking applications for research directed at improving canine health, commencing in 2019.  Read full press release here for further details.

Improvements to Prefix Accreditation program

Thursday, 8 March 2018

In 2018 Dogs Victoria will be developing a partnership with Kangan Institute, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 3077), in order to provide course work and assessment for members wishing to attain their breeder’s prefix.  Members will have an opportunity to undertake an improved standard of learning about genetics, health, husbandry and regulation relevant to the breeding of dogs through Kangan Institute via a Dogs Victoria approved course.  We will be developing the course and assessment in cooperation with Kangan’s educators, and members successfully completing the course will be eligible to attain a breeder’s prefix.

Additional benefits to our members include a boost to credibility through an externally accredited trainer, a move to online learning and assessment, improved turnaround times, and an opportunity to convert their prefix coursework and assessment into a full Certificate II qualification by undertaking some additional modules.

Dogs Victoria undertook a review of available RTO providers and selected Kangan Institute as the most suitable.  It is important for us to continue to grow the standard of education for our members, as our Applicable Organisation status as granted under the Domestic Animals Act by the Minister for Agriculture has a strong emphasis on education.  Members will notice an increase to the costs of the Prefix Accreditation Program in order for us to recover the expenses of this improvement.  We believe that amortised over the life of a prefix, this additional cost represents a minimal impact to breeders. Dogs Victoria believes that providing access to a contemporary external training provider for members wishing to become breeders is setting a clear benchmark, and shows leadership in our expertise in animal husbandry and welfare.

FCI International All Breeds Judges

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The FCI is revamping its Judges Directory; ANKC Judges who are already listed will become FCI Breed Judges, FCI Group Judges or FCI National All Breed Judges.

If an Australian All Breeds Judge would like to become an FCI International All Breeds Judge they will need to complete the FCI Application Form - found here.
The completed form must be forwarded to the relevant Member Body office for onforwarding to ANKC Ltd.

PLEASE NOTE:  We advise all applicants to be patient once ANKC has sent these forms to the FCI as it will probably take some time to process them.  Do not download the FCI Form from their website as the form has to have the ANKC Logo on it.
The FCI will not deal with individuals and will only accept these forms from their affiliated member organisations.

Statement regarding Belinda Petrowsky (Membership #3100009666)

Friday, 9 February 2018

Dogs Victoria has received a number of complaints relating to Ms Belinda Petrowsky and her breeding practices. Specifically, the complaints relate to an application to register a litter of Cocker Spaniels and the correctness of the declaration of parentage made by the member. 

An investigation was commenced and DNA analysis was obtained by Dogs Victoria which established beyond reasonable doubt that the sire and the dam listed on the litter application were not the parents of all of the puppies included in the application. 

Further, Dogs Victoria’s investigation also revealed microchip irregularities. 

As a result of the investigation and the findings, Dogs Victoria brought disciplinary charges against Ms Petrowsky, including disciplinary charges pursuant to the following Rules, Regulations and Codes:-

20.1 VCA Code of Practice - Ethics
20.1.2 A member shall not engage in any behaviour that is contrary to the standards accepted by the community. 

2.17  VCA Rule - Disciplining of Members
Members shall strictly observe and act in conformity with and not otherwise than in accordance with the Rules, Regulations, Codes of Ethics and Codes of Practice of the VCA and shall not conduct themselves in such a manner as to bring the VCA into disrepute or to bring themselves as a breeder, owner, exhibitor, handler, Show official, Judge or VCA member into disrepute. 

A Disciplinary Hearing was scheduled in relation to this subject on Thursday, 8 February 2018, however prior to the hearing taking place, Ms Petrowsky tendered her resignation as a member of Dogs Victoria on Friday, 12 January 2018. 

Dogs Victoria does not have power to proceed against a person who is not a member, and accordingly Ms Petrowsky’s resignation has prevented the hearing of these charges and appropriate disciplinary action being taken.   

Dogs Victoria’s Management Committee considers this public statement is made accurately for the purposes of notifying its members and those potentially affected by Ms Petrowsky’s breeding practices in this matter.  Dogs Victoria has further determined that Ms Petrowsky shall not be eligible to be re-admitted as a member and has notified the ANKC  and other relevant organisations of Dogs Victoria’s decision.

Toilets at KCC Park

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Recent problems with the toilets at KCC Park have been caused by foreign material (such as wipes and sanitary products) being flushed.  These items do not break down, and will quickly create a blockage.  Appropriate bins are provided in each cubicle for said items.

Plumbers visiting the site have confirmed this is causing problems, however further investigations are being undertaken to identify any other underlying cause.

In the meantime, signs will be posted in all cubicles at KCC Park to remind members to not flush these items.  Aside from being inconvenient, repairs of blockages to our septic system at KCC Park is an expense to members.

We appreciate your help in preventing this from happening again.

Function Room Hire at KCC Park & Bulla

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Management Committee, at their December 2017 meeting agreed that affiliates with less than 20 financial members could use a function room at KCC Park or the Bulla Exhibition Centre for a meeting without being required to pay a fee.

ANKC Open Book Junior Handler Judges Exam

Friday, 5 January 2018

As a result of the National Junior Handler Committee Chairperson report being endorsed by the ANKC Board at their meeting in October 2017 the amendment to the ANKC Open Book Junior Handler Judges Exam was approved.
This amendment was changing the score from 80 to 60.
The ANKC website has been updated with the amended exam under Regulations Part 15 and can be viewed via the ANKC website here

New legislation section on the website

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

As the Victorian Government resumes debate on the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farm and Pet Shops) Bill 2016, it remains vital that all members are informed of any changes which may affect your obligations as a member of Dogs Victoria.

As such we have created a new section on our website called ‘Victorian Legislation’.  This section will contain continually evolving information as issues relating to canine welfare are raised. 

National Agility Committee : Clarification of Rule 4.3 - Height Card

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The National Agility Committee has confirmed the following clarification in regards to Rule 4.3 – Height Card in the updated Rules for the Conduct of Agility Trials which are effective from 1 January 2018.

If a dog that has been measured is not 2 years old as of 1 January 2018 (with the exception of dogs in the 600 height category) then it will be required to be re-measured when it reaches 2 years of age.  The full ANKC Press Release can be read here

New Regulation - Shortened Tails Registration Process

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Members are notified of the new Shortened Tails Registration Process as approved by Management Committee at their November 2017 meeting.

This is a new regulation which will be updated on our website shortly.  Click here to read more.
Members have until 31 December 2017 to comply with the process.

Breaking News


Dogs Victoria proudly presents ...

Nina Bondarenko - Behaviour & Training Workshops
  • Wednesday 20 March 2019
  • Thursday 21 March 2019
  • Friday 22 March 2019
  • Sessions run from 9:30am to 5:00pm at KCC Park.
  • Click here for workshop outline
  • Read Nina's speaker biography here

Dr Stuart Mason - Monash Veterinary Clinic
  • Monday 13 May 2019 : Care and diseases of the neonate
  • Monday 26 August 2019 : Reproduction 
  • Sessions commence at 7pm at KCC Park

Click through to our Education Seminar Series page to access further information.

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