Veterinary Regulations

Veterinary Regulations

Since December 29th, 2014 the same regulations are valid in most European Union countries for domestic animals. In Austria, dogs are also required to be on a leash and at times must wear a muzzle.

Domestic animals must have an EU domestic animal ID card. This document is issued by a veterinarian and contains all information regarding inoculations and worm treatments that the animal has received. The Rabies vaccination is especially important. The Rabies vaccination must have been given after the ID card was issued and must still be active. If you have any doubts whatsoever, please contact your veterinarian. Your dog could be denied entry into Austria if the vaccine is deemed not active.

The identification number recorded in the ID card must also be saved on a microchip.

You must have a leash and muzzle with you at all times.

The event will be overseen by a veterinarian.

In order to receive permission to start, every participating dog will be examined by a veterinarian. The examination will be carried out in the entranceway to the arenal.

If an animal’s health doesn’t allow it to participate in the competition, the chief judge must exclude it. If an animal is deemed to have health problems or is clearly in pain, it will be expelled from the entire event. We explicitly inform all participants that in the framework of the IRO competitions – the administering of medication to suppress pain and/or to improve performance is strictly forbidden. Should it become known that this rule has been broken, the chief judge will disqualify the animal. The division judges are bound to inform the chief judge immediately if they notice any abnormalities and/or irregularities concerning the above mentioned circumstances.

A veterinarian is on site during the entire event.

The organiser has the right to order a veterinary examination if the participating dog shows signs of injury or ailment. The decision of the veterinarian is valid at all times.

Compulsory vaccinations for dogs participating in international events the board has decided that from 2017 onwards dogs participating in events like International Testing Events, World Championships and international trainings must not only be vaccinated against rabies but also against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirosis and leptospirosis. The vaccinations must be up to date. Various vaccines against these illnesses are available. The dogs must be revaccinated (booster) according to the instructions given by the manufacturer

Other important veterinary regulations

  • Every collar has to be designed so that chocking isn’t possible (for example a key ring as pull-stop).
  • The usage of sticks, whips and other things like this are forbidden during the official obedience training in the stadium. (allegation from the offical veterinarian)
  • Stick beatings within protection work are forbidden by the Austrian law!
  • The proper custody of the dogs as well as the length of stay of the dogs in cars and trailers are controlled each hour.
  • At the event-site only dogs with valid rabies vaccination are allowed. The vaccination passes are controlled!
  • At the event-site (even in the green zone), all dogs have to be led on a leash!