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Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Act 2017

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Notices and fact sheets relating to the PFPS Act have now been added to our Government Legislation page for your information.


ANKC Ltd Survey - Border Collie Owners

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Following the October 2017 ANKC Board meeting, it was agreed for ANKC to survey owners of Border Collies and seek their feedback regarding amendments to the breed standard.  The National Breed Standards Coordination Group has prepared the content of the survey and it can be accessed online here.

All owners of registered Border Collies for at least two (2) years are invited to complete this survey.

Please note all completed online survey forms received will be cross checked by the ANKC office to ensure their validity. Responses are required by COB 29 June 2018.


Dogs Victoria & Easy Dog Entries

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Dogs Victoria is pleased to announce its new online entries partnership agreement with Easy Dog Entries.

A call for expressions of interest for online entry providers was disseminated in late 2017. The proposal from Easy Dog Entries was deemed by management committee to be most favourable to Dogs Victoria members, and as such, Easy Dog Entries have been appointed for a period of two years as the preferred online entry provider for Dogs Victoria with effect from 1 July 2018.  This sees the previous two year partnership with Show Manager come to an end, and we thank them for their services.

According to Easy Dog Entries, their system is designed for the Victorian market, with most of the features resulting from meetings between Easy Dog Entries and secretaries and presidents of Victorian clubs some four years ago.  Easy Dog Entries have the largest market share of shows in Victoria and its easy to use platform should make the process of entering shows fast and seamless.

Moving forward, all events held by a Dogs Victoria subcommittee must use Easy Dog Entries (this excludes Dogs Victoria agility events which may still continue to use K9 Entries).  All other Dogs Victoria clubs are recommended to use this service where possible.

You can see more on Easy Dog Entries via their website.  For further information contact the Dogs Victoria office.


Submissions - Lure Coursing Rule Review

Monday, 26 March 2018

Attention:  Lure Coursing Community

The ANKC has scheduled a review of the Lure Coursing rules and this is the opportunity for our lure coursing community to submit proposals for rule amendments.  Submissions are now being sought from clubs and members for any proposed amendments to rules.   As the State Representative for the Lure Coursing Subcommittee to the ANKC, Sharne Quinn (skyesong@skyesongtollers.com, 0405 708 166) will be coordinating this process for Victoria, in consultation with our state Lure Coursing Sub-Committee. 

The submission window for Dogs Victoria Lure Coursing Rule submissions will open on the 1st of April and will close on the 30th of April.  

Submissions must be sent to the Chair of the Lure Coursing Committee -  Mr Marcus Mellick -  mpmellick@icloud.com  marked “ATTN Lure Coursing Rules Review” and be received by close of business on the 30th of April in order to be considered in the review process.  Please copy skyesong@skyesongtollers.com in all emails regarding the rules review to ensure that your submission has been received.

All proposed amendments must be in the format of the existing rule that you think should change or new rule that should be added, the wording you would like the new rule to be, and the rationale for the change.   The existing rule book can be found on the ANKC website

For example:

 Existing Rule

 Proposed Rule 1.1

Text of New Rule.

Rationale 1.1

Why the rule should change or be added. 

Rule suggestions not submitted in this format are not able to be accepted as a submission for the 2018 Rules Review process and will be sent back to the club or member for resubmission as long as it has been received within the submission window.

Submitted rules should be relevant to the national rules for lure coursing and we are not able to address general ANKC or Dogs Victoria guidelines.   Items related to the Associate or Sporting Register should be addressed directly to the Dogs Victoria management committee and will not be considered in the scope of this rules review.  Likewise, items such as the Extreme Heat Policy or online entries are a matter for state guidelines, and any queries on this should be directed towards the state subcommittee via the Dogs Victoria office. 

Whilst all submitted rule suggestions and amendments will be discussed and debated by the state sub-committee prior to any submission to the National conference, please understand that not all or even any of your submissions may progress to the next stage of the rules review.  All submissions will be considered, and a balanced set of proposals will then be sent to the ANKC Conference for consideration reflecting an overall state view, along with the submissions from all other states where they will be discussed and debated by all of the ANKC State Representatives and a final set of rules will be determined.  A final recommended set of rules will then be put forward to the ANKC board who will make the final determination about whether or not the proposed rules are accepted. 

Please be aware that no conversation with any member of the Lure Coursing subcommittee should be considered an endorsement of any submission nor a promotion of any proposed rule change.  Members of the subcommittee may at times discuss rule amendments with clubs or members, but they are doing so as a private member of Dogs Victoria, and all submitted proposals will be considered by the whole committee.   The ANKC State Representative is happy to discuss the format that changes must be submitted in with any club or member, but any comments made about that format are in the interests of getting proposals correctly submitted, and in no way represent any personal view on any proposed changes.

The Lure Coursing Subcommittee appreciate that members are passionate about our sport, and we look forward to receiving submissions for this rules review in order to ensure a balanced rule book to benefit all members as we work to establish this sport in our state. 


Expressions of Interest - Sled Dog Sports Sub-Committee

Monday, 26 March 2018

Attention:  Sled Dog Sports Community

Expressions of interest are being called from Dogs Victoria members wishing to nominate for a Sled Dog Sports Sub-Committee.  The Sled Dog Sports Sub-committee would include the following disciplines:  Weight Pull, Back Packing and Sledding

It is envisaged that there will be eight positions.  Please send applications to Jacinta Baker at the Dogs Victoria office.  jbaker@dogsvictoria.org.au .  Applications should include a brief CV including details of previous club/committee/administrative experience and of involvement to date in Sled Dog Sports.

All applicants should have read the ANKC Rules for the conduct of Sled Sports Events available on the ANKC website.  

Nominations must be submitted by COB Wednesday 2nd May 2018.


Magazine and Gazette to continue being posted to members

Friday, 23 March 2018

At this month’s Management Committee meeting the members of committee considered the overwhelming feedback provided by our members regarding the proposed changes to the Dogs Victoria Magazine and Gazette.  It was decided that the publications will continue to be published in hard copy and posted to all members each month for the remainder of 2018.

Members do not need to take any action in order to continue receiving their publication in the post.

In order to meet the ongoing need for cost savings, we will be exploring other options including replacing colour pages with black and white, and identifying lower cost print stock options.  In 2019 we expect to identify options for providing members a choice to opt out of receiving a hard copy.  At this stage there has been no definite decision on this.

(Please note that due to the 2 month lead time, the May edition of the Gazette will still have an article notifying that the Gazette will discontinue because this edition has already gone to the printers. This is now superceded by the decision at the March Management Committee meeting).


Canine Health Conference hosted by SCV

Thursday, 22 March 2018

The Samoyed Club of Victoria invites you to The Canine Health Conference on Saturday 12 May 2018 commencing at 10.00am.
This invitation is open to all breeders across all breeds as well as enthusiasts.
Webinar access is also available for those who wish to attend remotely.   Click here for invitation and full details.


Important notice for members who renewed their Dogs Victoria membership in January 2018

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

We wish to apologise for a system error which has incorrectly made some members appear as “non-financial” on our database.  At this stage we are looking into the cause of the error with the administrators of the ANKC database.  We understand that the only members affected by this system error are those that renewed their membership in the month of January 2018 via the ANKC online membership renewal system.

Further, we wish to apologise to any member who may have contacted the office and been given incorrect information due to this issue.

For members that are affected by this system error, no action is required on their part. We have records for all members who have paid in January 2018, and will ensure they are updated on the ANKC database. We are seeking a correction to the problem and will provide further advice via the Dogs Victoria website when information becomes available.  This situation will not in any way affect your membership of Dogs Victoria, however we advise that until we rectify this error you may encounter difficulty in accessing the online pedigree lookup.

Thank you for your patience and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.


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.


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