Unit of competency details

AHCLSK408 - Pregnancy test animals (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 27/Jun/2016

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to AHCLSK408A - Pregnancy test animalsThis unit is equivalent to AHCLSK408A Pregnancy test animals 26/Jun/2016


Training packages that include this unit

Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050105 Animal Husbandry  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050105 Animal Husbandry  14/Oct/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release Number

TP Version

Comments

1

AHCv1.0

Initial release

Application

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out pregnancy testing in livestock.

This unit can be delivered in the context of the following industries: cattle and horses.

This unit does not cover ultrasound scanning for pregnancy diagnosis.

This unit applies to those whose job role includes testing animals for pregnancy using manual diagnosis procedures. Veterinary advice may need to be sought in some cases where pregnancy symptoms are difficult to detect, or animals are to be identified as pregnant for sale.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices.

This unit applies to individuals who take responsibility for their own work and for the quality of the work of others within known parameters. They use discretion and judgement in the selection, allocation and use of available resources and provide and communicate solutions to a range of predictable and sometimes unpredictable problems.

All units of competency dealing with animals in the AHC Training Package have the requirements for animals to be handled humanely to minimise stress and discomfort.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit

Nil.

Unit Sector

Livestock (LSK)

Elements and Performance Criteria

Element

Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Prepare for pregnancy testing

1.1 Prepare physical resources, human resources and relevant documentation for pregnancy testing

1.2 Muster, yard and safely restrain animals in compliance with work health and safety, animal welfare and workplace procedures

1.3 Draft animals to be tested according to breeding or management program requirements

2. Arrange support for pregnancy testing

2.1 Assemble pregnancy testing supplies and equipment for the operators

2.2 Separate and restrain individual animals for veterinary treatment or examination

2.3 Undertake all handling and testing of animals with strict adherence to animal welfare codes of practice

2.4 Complete records of pregnancy testing operations in line with established procedures and report outcomes to management as required

3. Carry out manual pregnancy diagnosis procedures

3.1 Identify work health and safety hazards, assess risks and implement suitable controls while working with animals

3.2 Fit and use personal protective equipment in compliance with biosecurity and personal hygiene requirements

3.3 Humanely restrain individual animals for testing and check individual breeding records

3.4 Clean rectal area of animal prior to examination

3.5 Humanely and safely carry out rectal examination/palpation to establish pregnancy or non-pregnancy

3.6 Implement strict hygiene procedures between pregnancy testing individual animals in compliance with animal welfare and biosecurity requirements

3.7 Record identities and relevant details of animals tested

3.8 Observe and record other indicators of animal health for input to herd health management

4. Carry out post pregnancy testing procedures

4.1 Accurately identify animals diagnosed as pregnant or not pregnant

4.2 Consign all animals to their destination or return them to paddocks/pens in line with workplace requirements

4.3 Dispose of biological waste, debris and veterinary medicine waste in compliance with work health and safety, biosecurity and environmental requirements

4.4 Carry out regular monitoring of animals post pregnancy testing to detect post-testing complications

Foundation Skills

Foundation Skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range of Conditions

Unit Mapping Information

This unit is equivalent to AHCLSK408A Pregnancy test animals

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release Number

TP Version

Comments

1

AHCv1.0

Initial release

Performance Evidence

The candidate must be assessed on their ability to integrate and apply the performance requirements of this unit in a workplace setting. Performance must be demonstrated consistently over time and in a suitable range of contexts.

The candidate must provide evidence that they can:

  • plan and prepare for pregnancy testing coordinate and arrange support for pregnancy testing
  • arrange support for pregnancy testing
  • draft animals and source information on joining to assist in pregnancy testing
  • restrain animals for pregnancy testing using humane methods and facilities
  • carry out manual pregnancy diagnosis procedures in adherence with animal welfare codes
  • monitor animals after pregnancy testing
  • maintain records of pregnancy testing
  • apply relevant animal welfare requirements
  • implement relevant work health and safety animal welfare and biosecurity requirements and practices

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • relevant anatomy and physiology of the animal species
  • reproductive physiology and pregnancy development of the animal species
  • husbandry and management strategies for pregnant and non-pregnant animals
  • pregnancy testing methods
  • reproductive diseases and complications in the animal species
  • relevant work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation, codes of practice and industry and enterprise policies
  • recording and reporting systems used in conjunction with pregnancy diagnosis and animal breeding programs.

Assessment Conditions

Competency is to be assessed in the workplace and/or a simulated environment that accurately reflects performance in a real workplace setting.

Assessments for the following performance evidence must be conducted on live animals:

  • carry out pregnancy diagnosis procedures

Competency in this unit can be determined in a single species.

Assessors must satisfy current standards for RTOs.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72

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