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Unit of competency details

ACMEQU405 - Maintain and monitor horse health and welfare (Release 2)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to ACMEQU405A - Maintain and monitor horse health and welfareUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages Elements and performance criteria reordered to better reflect sequence of activities Minor changes to clarify intent of unit 28/Nov/2017

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 11/Dec/2018
(View details for release 1) 29/Nov/2017


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  29/Nov/2017 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 2

This version released with ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package Version 2.0.

Release 1

This version released with ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package Version 1.0.

Application

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to determine, implement and monitor health management programs and procedures for horses, including implementing basic health care plans, determining and responding to illness, injury and emergency situations; treating injury and disease and reviewing outcomes of horse health care plans.

The unit applies to individuals who have experience, knowledge and skills in the practical care and management of horses. They work under minimal supervision within industry guidelines and have responsibility for a work activity or area.

No licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, except for the racing industry, where requirements vary between states and territories. Users working in the racing industry are advised to contact the relevant Principal Racing Authority for advice on current requirements.

Work health and safety and animal welfare legislation relevant to interacting with horses applies to workers in this industry. Requirements vary between industry sectors and state/territory jurisdictions. Users are advised to check with the relevant authority for specific requirements.

NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) generally have the same meaning in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the national model WHS legislation has not been implemented, RTOs must contextualise the unit of competency by referring to current OHS legislative requirements.

Pre-requisite Unit

Nil

Unit Sector

Equine (EQU)

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. Relate elements of the horse diet to physiological function

1.1 Classify major nutrient elements according to needs of the horse

1.2 Describe components of the digestive system and the nutrient absorption and metabolism processes

1.3 Relate features of a well-balanced diet to horse age, health condition and workload

1.4 Evaluate impact of an unbalanced or deficient diet on horse health

2. Implement health management programs for horses of all ages

2.1 Implement a range of horse health programs, including dental, vaccination, parasite control, and hoof maintenance programs

2.2 Record data and compile and update health records

3. Determine horse health and emergency care procedures

3.1 Keep horses in appropriate premises that meet welfare, legislative and licensing requirements

3.2 Correctly fit and use personal protective equipment (PPE) and specialised PPE to meet quarantine requirements

3.3 Handle and restrain horses using safe horse handling practices and animal welfare standards

3.4 Assess health status of horses, applying knowledge of signs and symptoms of healthy and distressed, sick or injured horses

3.5 Identify health care and emergency care procedures and communicate to relevant staff

3.6 Review characteristics, signs and symptoms of healthy and distressed, sick or injured horses

3.7 Identify horses that are potentially suffering from an infectious disease and quarantine or implement control measures to prevent disease spread under veterinary guidance

3.8 Implement procedures for reporting notifiable diseases

4. Treat injury and disease

4.1 Determine health care and management for individual horses

4.2 Discuss prognosis for common illnesses and injuries with key personnel and determine need for professional advice or veterinary assistance

4.3 Assess and control risks prior to administering medication or treatments

4.4 Confirm methods of administering medication, recording treatment and monitoring injectable medication

4.5 Administer medication or treatments according to veterinarian instructions, work health and safety (WHS) requirements, stable procedures, and industry and animal welfare regulations

4.6 Apply pharmaceutical and therapeutic treatments as instructed

4.7 Correctly handle and store medications according to legislation and workplace safety procedures

4.8 Return or dispose of surplus medications and treatments according to workplace procedures

5. Monitor health management program

5.1 Monitor horses during and after treatment and report indicators of further health problems

5.2 Document health management program and treatments and maintain records

5.3 Review program implementation and 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 veterinary and medical information in horse treatment records and instructions from equine industry professionals
  • Locate and interpret key information in medication labels

Writing

  • Use clear language and accurate industry and/or medical terminology for reporting and recording horse health and welfare information

Numeracy

  • Perform basic calculations and measurements of volume, weight and ratios to determine doses of medication

Oral communication

  • Use active listening and questioning to convey and receive information from a range of personnel

Navigate the world of work

  • Follow workplace procedures, including work health and safety and animal welfare requirements, and meet expectations relating to own role and area of responsibility

Interact with others

  • Follow accepted industry practices and protocols for working collaboratively with and conveying information to others

Get the work done

  • Plan, sequence and prioritise horse health and welfare activities to achieve outcomes
  • Make decisions and resolve problems related to horse health and welfare, knowing when to take responsibility and when to notify others

Unit Mapping Information

Code and title current version 

Code and title previous version 

Comments 

Equivalence status 

ACMEQU405 Maintain and monitor horse health and welfare

Release 2

ACMEQU405 Maintain and monitor horse health and welfare

Release 1

Corrected typographical error

Equivalent unit

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 2

This version released with ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package Version 2.0.

Release 1

This version released with ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package Version 1.0.

Performance Evidence

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

There must be evidence that the individual maintained and monitored health and welfare for at least three horses. In maintaining and monitoring the health of each horse the individual must have:

  • assessed the impact of an unbalanced or nutrient-deficient diet on horse health and behaviour
  • implemented and monitored a health management program
  • documented and maintained appropriate records
  • provided safe, compliant and secure housing arrangements for horses
  • followed work health and safety and animal welfare requirements
  • used safe horse handling procedures
  • correctly fitted and used personal protective equipment (PPE).

For at least one horse (which may be one of the above-mentioned horses), the individual must have:

  • assessed the health status of the horse
  • determined emergency care procedures
  • implemented infection control procedures
  • determined horse health problems and treatment options in consultation with veterinarians and professionals
  • administered treatments as required and monitored horse progress.

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:

  • principles and practices for maintaining and monitoring horse health and welfare:
  • feed stuffs commonly fed to horses and the general principles of a balanced diet for horses
  • physiological structures, features and functions related to dietary needs and the absorption and metabolism of nutrients
  • consequences of an unbalanced or deficient diet to horse function, health and behaviour
  • features of health management programs for horses, including:
  • equine dental programs
  • parasite programs
  • vaccination programs
  • hoof maintenance programs
  • requirements for safe, secure housing for horses
  • safe handling techniques and methods of restraining horses
  • horse health record systems
  • symptoms and indicators of normal and abnormal system function
  • common illnesses and injuries in horses
  • emergency care procedures
  • signs and symptoms of communicable diseases
  • infection control technique
  • purpose and use of relevant medications and treatments for common diseases and injuries
  • key requirements of biosecurity standards relevant to horse disease, hygiene standards, notifiable diseases and quarantine procedures
  • key requirements of animal welfare standards, policies and procedures relevant to the safe, humane and ethical care of horses
  • key requirements of work health and safety regulations and guidelines relating to:
  • risk assessment and control
  • storage of medicines and chemicals and cleaning agents
  • safe storage and disposal of medications and other remedies
  • personal protective equipment (PPE).

Assessment Conditions

Assessment of skills must take place under the following conditions:

  • physical conditions:
  • a workplace or an environment that accurately represents workplace conditions
  • resources, equipment and materials:
  • various horses of different ages and health status assessed as suitable for the experience and skill of the individual
  • materials and equipment relevant to providing care and treatment for horses in assessment activity, including appropriate tack and personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • access to veterinary or health practitioner for instructions.

Training and assessment strategies must show evidence of the use of guidance provided in the Companion Volume: User Guide: Safety in Equine Training.

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