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Unit of competency details

ACMBEH302 - Provide enrichment for animals (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to ACMGAS302 - Provide enrichment for animalsMinor changes to element and performance criteria for clarity. Assessment requirements updated 12/Apr/2021

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 13/Apr/2021


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  13/Apr/2021 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release

Comments

Release 1

This version released with ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package Version 4.0.

Application

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide enrichment to stimulate, replenish and maintain appropriate behavioural patterns of all animals, including those housed short-term or long-term in an animal care facility.

The unit applies to individuals working in the animal care industry where it is necessary to provide enrichment programs for animals. They work under broad direction, typically in a team environment, and are required to take responsibility for their own work, including carrying out assigned tasks, organising processes, solving routine problems and working to schedules.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures according to Commonwealth and state/territory health and safety and animal welfare regulations, legislation and standards that apply to the workplace.

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

Pre-requisite Unit

Nil

Unit Sector

Behaviour and Training (BEH)

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements

Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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

1. Observe and record animal behaviour

1.1 Observe and record behaviour of individual animals and groups of animals according to workplace policies and procedures

1.2 Compare observed behaviour with known normal behavioural patterns for a range of species

1.3 Identify and encourage natural behaviour

1.4 Recognise and record signs of stress and determine possible stressors

1.5 Report maladaptive or undesirable behaviour indicating less than optimum physical and mental wellbeing to supervisor

2. Prepare an enrichment program

2.1 Participate in the development and implementation of a long-term environmental and behavioural enrichment strategy for animals in care

2.2 Conduct short-term environmental and behavioural enrichment for animals, considering those with behaviours requiring attention

2.3 Comply with animal welfare and health and safety requirements in preparing and implementing enrichment programs

3. Implement enrichment programs

3.1 Determine and assess types of species-appropriate environmental and behavioural enrichment strategies

3.2 Identify and assess potentially adverse consequences of an enrichment strategy, considering safety and welfare risks

3.3 Clean, decontaminate and dispose of or replace used enrichment items appropriately

3.4 Implement enrichment strategy appropriate to the species and individual animal according to workplace procedures

3.5 Document and record responses to enrichment strategy

3.6 Review enrichment program and suggest modifications where appropriate in consultation with supervisor and document

3.7 Implement any agreed modifications, and document the outcomes

Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential for performance in this unit of competency but are not explicit in the performance criteria.

Skill

Description

Reading

  • Interpret behaviour and environmental enrichment terminology in workplace policies and procedures

Writing

  • Use industry terminology when completing records

Oral communication

  • Use open-ended questioning, active listening, paraphrasing and summarising to seek feedback on enrichment programs

Numeracy

  • Calculate volume, weight, area, ratio and time relevant to enrichment program

Unit Mapping Information

Code and title current version

Code and title previous version

Comments

Equivalence status

ACMBEH302 Provide enrichment for animals

ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals

Minor changes to element and performance criteria for clarity

Assessment requirements updated

Equivalent

Links

Companion Volumes, including Implementation Guides, are available at VETNet: - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=b75f4b23-54c9-4cc9-a5db-d3502d154103

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release

Comments

Release 1

This version released with ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package Version 4.0.

Performance Evidence

An individual demonstrating competency must satisfy all of the elements and performance criteria in this unit.

There must be evidence that the individual has:

  • observed, recorded and reported behaviour patterns for one of the following combinations:
  • two animals of different species
  • two animals at different life-cycle stages
  • two animals with different individual behavioural requirements
  • documented and provided one short-term (daily or weekly) and one longer-term (monthly or annual) enrichment program, for one of the following combinations:
  • two animals of different species
  • two animals at different life-cycle stages
  • two animals with different individual behavioural requirements.

Knowledge Evidence

An individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge required to perform the tasks outlined in the elements and performance criteria of this unit. This includes knowledge of:

  • purpose of behavioural and environmental enrichment
  • types of behavioural and environmental enrichment strategies, including:
  • infrastructure and manipulative enrichment (positive interactions with the environment)
  • olfactory and gustatory enrichment (smells and taste)
  • exploratory enrichment (changes within the environment)
  • strategies to encourage natural behaviour, including activities and equipment for:
  • foraging or hunting for food appropriate for species
  • exercise and physical fitness and proprioception relevant to animal species
  • opportunities to socialise
  • rest, hiding or shelter in appropriate housing
  • positive reinforcement training or conditioning
  • reinforcing the role of owner or handler in an appropriate context for the nominated species
  • factors to consider in developing enrichment programs, including:
  • cognitive ability of animal species
  • age-appropriate and individual animal needs
  • social groupings and hierarchy
  • novel food and potential dietary consequences, including toxicity and parasitic infection
  • safety of objects and infrastructure
  • introducing new enrichments – observing animal reactions
  • formats for documenting short-term and longer-term enrichment schedules
  • species-specific behaviours requiring attention, including:
  • exaggerated forms of a normal behaviour
  • stereotypies or repetitive actions
  • stress, avoidance, displacement, aggression
  • safe and humane, low stress animal handling techniques
  • species-specific milestones in developmental progress from newborn to mature animal
  • workplace policies and procedures relevant to providing enrichment to animals, including health and safety and animal welfare.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment of the skills in this unit of competency must take place under the following conditions:

  • physical conditions:
  • an animal care facility or an environment that accurately represents workplace conditions
  • resources, equipment and materials:
  • live animals specified in the performance evidence
  • animal care equipment and resources appropriate to enrichment tasks specified in the performance evidence
  • specifications:
  • workplace policies and procedures relevant to providing enrichment to animals, including health and safety and animal welfare
  • relationships:
  • supervisor.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational education and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Links

Companion Volumes, including Implementation Guides, are available at VETNet: - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=b75f4b23-54c9-4cc9-a5db-d3502d154103