Vet Council “would not take issue with” vet sponsoring greyhound racing

6 Jan

The Veterinary Council of Ireland has said that it “would not take issue with” a vet who is sponsoring greyhound racing at one of the country’s worst tracks for dog injuries.

ICABS recently brought to the Vet Council’s attention a veterinary clinic that is sponsoring greyhound races in Dundalk and Lifford.

Ancu Veterinary Clinic, with offices in Dundalk, Dublin and Newry, is listed on the Irish Greyhound Board website as the sponsor of several races, including the “An Cú Veterinary A3 525 Final” in December with prizes totally nearly €4,000.

In our correspondence to the Veterinary Council, we pointed to shocking Irish Greyhound Board statistics showing that in the first 10 months of this year – 283 greyhounds were injured at tracks around Ireland, with 96 destroyed. Among the worst tracks in the country for injuries is the Dundalk track where 40 dogs suffered injuries and 9 were destroyed – see

Do you consider it appropriate for a veterinary clinic to sponsor an activity in which animals suffer and are killed? That’s the question we put to the Veterinary Council of Ireland.

Their response was: “The Council would not take issue with a veterinary practitioner sponsoring an event as long as it complies with the Code of Standards for Advertising, Promotional and Direct Marketing, which is enforced by the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland and does not bring the veterinary profession into disrepute. The activities mentioned in your email are legal in the State and the Council does not restrict registered persons from participating in any legal activity.”

If you agree with us that vets should not be sponsoring greyhound racing, please join us in contacting the Veterinary Council now.

Aideen Neylon,
Professional Standards Manager
Veterinary Council of Ireland
53 Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Telephone: +353 (0)1 668 4402

Contact Ancu Veterinary Clinic and ask them to stop sponsoring greyhound racing.

Ancu Veterinary Clinic
Seafield Road
Blackrock, Louth, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)42 932 1915
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