General Manager Equine Welfare
Jennifer Hughes is the General Manager – Equine Welfare for Racing Victoria. Her role encompasses equine welfare before, during, and after a Thoroughbred’s racing career. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the Equine Welfare Strategic Plan, equine welfare policy, participant education in relation to equine welfare, welfare visits and assessments, and the delivery of equine welfare programs and initiatives including the Off The Track (OTT) Program.
Previously, Jennifer managed the Intelligence and Compliance Unit at Racing Victoria encompassing both the participant licensing function and management of the intelligence and case management system. She also spent eight years at the British Horseracing Authority after completing their Graduate Program, five years in the Integrity Services Department and three years in the Projects Team where she managed key participant welfare projects including a five-year strategy to deliver welfare objectives for both equine and human participants, a study into equine careers after racing, and the development of an ex-racehorse strategy with British racing’s official charity, Retraining of Racehorses.
Jennifer has a master’s degree in in equine science and is currently completing a master’s degree in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law.