The Kennel Club General Committee has recently amended the
regulations regarding veterinary support at shows, to make clear
that where a veterinary surgeon is in attendance they must be on
site for the duration of judging on each day of the show.
The regulation amendments are as follows:
'The Secretary of a licensed show is required to arrange
veterinary support compatible with the arrangements for the show
and the anticipated entry. At shows at which a veterinary
surgeon is present, they must be on site when the show opens for
the duration of each day's judging. At shows where there
are less than 200 classes scheduled, veterinary support can be on
call rather than present at the show venue.
'Show Societies are to arrange veterinary support in accordance
with Regulation F12. (Amendment in bold)
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "We want to make it
explicitly clear that where a veterinary surgeon is in attendance
at the show, show societies have a duty of care to ensure that the
veterinary surgeon remains on site for the duration of judging, on
each day of the show. However it is important to note that on site
veterinary surgeons are not expected to treat dogs 'out of hours',
such as after the show closes.
Show societies are reminded that if a show has more than 200
classes, a veterinary surgeon must be present.
The regulation change comes into effect from 1st January 2016.