Greyhound Testing

Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) is responsible for drug testing all racing greyhounds in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Macau. Testing is primarily based on the analysis of post-race urine samples collected by racing stewards. RASL also provides out-of-competition testing to prevent the use of performance enhancing drugs during training.

One of the chief challenges of testing greyhounds is the low sample volumes of urine or plasma taken from the dogs. The greyhound testing procedures are similar to those used for equine testing, but the analytical methods need to be efficient in order to perform the required number of tests from a limited sample volume.

Any samples found to contain prohibited substances are carefully re-tested to confirm the presence of the drug. The trainer responsible for the greyhound can appoint a professional analyst to witness the entire confirmatory analysis. Chemists from RASL then provide expert advice during the legal proceedings associated with the enquiry.

As the only fully independent racing laboratory in Australia, RASL provides independent advice and testing services to the racing industry based on our extensive experience in drug testing matters.

Greyhound Drug Testing Policies:
  • RASL will provide drug screening services to any reputable organisation responsible for administering greyhound competitions.
  • RASL will not accept greyhound samples from trainers or veterinarians for pre-purchase testing or for general drug detection.
  • Samples requiring analysis for a specific medication from a racing animal must be directed through the relevant racing code (elective analysis). 
  • Witnesses appointed to oversee the confirmatory analysis of positive samples must have relevant qualifications in the field of drug testing.