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INTERNATIONAL GREYHOUND PLANET DAY
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All about the Retired Racing Greyhound
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A Story Worth Telling
Guillermo Couto received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Buenos
Aires University, Argentina in 1976 and served as an Assistant Professor in
the Department of Pathology, Buenos Aires University from 1976-1981. Dr.
Couto entered residency in Clinical Oncology from University of
California-Davis from 1981 to 1983. He has acted as Assistant Professor and
Associate Professor at the Ohio State University for 12 years. Dr. Couto
was also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine from
1993-1998. He received the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award in 1986 and
was the recipient of the BSAVA Bourgelat Award for Outstanding Contribution
to Small Animal Practice in 2000. He has published over 300 scientific
publications and book chapters in the areas of oncology, hematology,
immunology and Greyhound medicine. Dr. Couto is currently a Professor at
The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Couto’s
research interests include clinical hematology, metastatic neoplasia,
Chemotherapy, Hemostasis and greyhound medicine.
The Greyhound Health and Wellness Program
(GHWP) at Ohio State University
Greyhound Health and Wellness Program (GHWP) was established because it was
recognized that with the increasing popularity of retired racing greyhounds
across North America, the numbers seen by veterinarians will continue to
increase. As a result, it was felt to be important that veterinaries,
health-related professionals, rescue organizations, and owners recognize the
physiological peculiarities of this breed.
The GHWP is primarily an outreach and
teaching effort that incorporates basic elements of shelter medicine. To
read more about the GHWP, visit their web site at
The first question that must be addressed is:
why a Greyhound Health and Wellness Program? With the increasing popularity
of retired racing Greyhounds, veterinarians are likely to evaluate dogs of
this breed more frequently in their practice. Adoption efforts have made a
positive impact on the number of Greyhounds that are killed every year due
to poor performance in the racetrack; conservative estimates suggest that
currently anywhere between 3,000 and 15,000 Greyhounds are killed every year
in the US.
It is estimated that approximately 120,000
Greyhounds live in homes as pets, compared to 55,000 Greyhounds in
racetracks. In the past few years, private Greyhound adoptions ranged from
15,000 to 18,000/year (Gary Guccione, National Greyhound Association,
personal communication). Therefore, it is important that veterinary
students, health-related professionals, rescue organizations, and owners
recognize the physiological peculiarities of this breed.
Greyhound Health and Wellness/Transfusion Medicine Service (GHWTMS)
encompasses 2 different clinical services:
Although each portion of GHWTMS functions
somewhat autonomously during day-to-day activities, their functions are
closely interrelated and have common goals.