Racing NSW Swab Attendant (casual)

Racing NSW
June 19, 2019
Job Type
New South Wales


Racing NSW is the peak body for thoroughbred horse racing in NSW and its functions are to control, supervise and regulate the thoroughbred racing industry in New South Wales. Its responsibilities include protecting the image, interests and integrity of racing.

One of Racing NSW’s key functions is the management of a rigorous and robust drug control program to ensure the highest level of industry integrity is maintained.

An opportunity exists for suitable individuals interested in working as a casual Racing NSW Swabbing Assistant at the metropolitan (Randwick, Rosehill, Warwick Farm, Canterbury) and provincial (Hawkesbury, Gosford, Wyong, Newcastle, Kembla Grange) race tracks.

A Casual Swab Attendant works with and assists the on course Vet with the co-ordination and collection of samples from racehorses for pre- or post-race drug screen analysis.

The duties undertaken by a Casual Swab Attendant may include:

  • Accompanying a horse from the track back to its stall for supervision prior to sampling.
  • Advising participants that a horse is required for sample collection.
  • Preparation of sample collection documents.
  • Packaging of sample collection packs.

Such a role is well suited to a person studying Veterinary or Agricultural Science that has relevant animal husbandry skills and who enjoys interacting with people and horses.  Reliability, punctuality, diligence and professionalism are essential for this role.

Race meetings are held on various days during the week and on weekends.  Racing NSW operate a pool of swab attendants, rotated around a flexible monthly roster.  A base rate of pay $189 per meeting is applicable to Casual Swab Attendants, with metropolitan weekend and public holiday meetings receiving a greater rate.

Please contact Racing NSW on (02) 8344 5050 and ask to speak to the Veterinary Department if you have queries.

Applications are to be submitted via email to James Mizzi (Racing NSW Veterinary Officer) at

We thank you for your application.  Successful applicants will be required to undergo a necessary background check.

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