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Equine Welfare Officer

Job No: RV153
Location: Flemington

Racing Victoria (RV) is one of Australia’s leading sporting organisations, and the independent governing body of thoroughbred racing in Victoria. We develop, promote and manage the conduct of the racing of thoroughbred horses in Victoria to safeguard its integrity.

We develop, promote and manage the conduct of the racing of thoroughbred horses in Victoria to safeguard its integrity and equine welfare.

About the Opportunity

The Equine Welfare Officer will support the Equine Welfare Manager in investigating breaches of the Rules of Racing as they relate to Equine Welfare, monitoring standards at licensed premises and implementing recommendations of the Equine Welfare Strategic Plan as they relate to Governance and Standards, Population Dynamics and Industry Culture.

This rare opportunity will see the successful incumbent work with the current Equine Welfare Officer in driving Equine Welfare Investigations, developing and monitoring standards at licensed premises to defined standards, assisting with on-going education and support to industry participants and developing and delivering ad hoc projects supporting the implementation of the Equine Welfare Strategic Plan.

Key Responsibilities but not limited to:

  • Conducting unannounced welfare inspections at licensed and non-licensed premises.
  • Conducting follow up/monitoring visits at licensed and non-licensed premises.
  • Preparing for and conducting interviews with licensed and registered persons, preparing investigation briefs and charges.
  • Assist in the development of the Standard Operating Procedures for Equine Welfare Investigations.
  • Assist in the development of technology to support an Efficient Equine Welfare Investigation process.
  • Assist in the development of an education package for the Victorian Racing Tribunal in relation to the negative impact of welfare breaches.
  • Assist in the development of formal standards for licensed premises.
  • Assist in the audit and on-going monitoring of stable returns as they relate to retired horses.
  • Actively engage with industry in relation equine welfare (e.g. attend trainer meetings).
  • Assist in on-going education and support to racing industry participants, including the retirement of racehorses and their post-racing options.
  • Ad hoc projects supporting the implementation of the Equine Welfare Strategic Plan.

About You

As the successful candidate, you possess the following:

  • Strong equine background, preferably with current knowledge of the modern thoroughbred training environment;
  • Experience in compliance, regulation or monitoring roles
  • High level of discretion and diplomacy, even under pressure;
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Team focused with sound organisational skills and the ability to prioritise according to demands;
  • Ability to work to own initiative;
  • Ability to build and maintain effective stakeholder relationships;
  • Ability to coordinate the delivery of programs and initiatives in an effective and efficient manner;
  • Competence with the Microsoft Office suite of products, email and the Internet;
  • Current Driver’s Licence holder

As a bonus, you might possess:

  • Tertiary qualifications (s) within Animal Science;
  • Knowledge of the thoroughbred racing industry and the Rules of Racing and Regulations as they apply to the training environment.

What can we offer you?

  • The opportunity to join an industry leading and iconic sports organisation
  • Attractive and competitive remuneration package, inclusive of salary packaging benefits
  • Dynamic and varied work assignments and projects
  • Genuine work/life balance and access to industry leading Employee Assistance programs, and development/mentoring initiatives
  • A fun yet high performing workplace that is committed to diversity and inclusion
  • Access to industry events and race meetings every day of the year
  • On-site gym, subsidised café and free car parking and is well-accessed by public transport, both by train and tram

How do I apply?

If this sounds like you; please apply below. Applications close 24 November 2019.

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