Unit of competency details

ACMHBR201 - Check and treat horses (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 29/Nov/2017

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to AHCHBR201A - Monitor horse health and welfareUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages Code and title changed to reflect outcomes and appropriate industry sector usage 28/Nov/2017


Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
AHC - Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training PackageAgriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package 2.0-3.0 
ACM - Animal Care and Management Training PackageAnimal Care and Management Training Package 1.0-2.0 

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 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 carry out routine checks on horses, provide treatments under direction and assist with veterinary procedures when required.

The unit applies to workers who carry out work under routine supervision within organisation guidelines, while exercising limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context within horse breeding and other horse industry environments.

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

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.

Pre-requisite Unit

Prerequisite unit of competency for this unit is:

  • ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely.

Note the following chain of prerequisites that also applies to this unit.

Unit of competency 

Prerequisite requirement 

ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely

ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour

Unit Sector

Horse Breeding (HBR)

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. Carry out routine horse checks

1.1 Identify and minimise risks relating to safe handling of horses in open and confined spaces

1.2 Observe signs of good health and condition in horses

1.3 Check horses for signs of lameness or soreness

1.4 Check horses for signs of heat or swelling in legs

1.5 Check horses for signs of distress

1.6 Report all abnormalities according to organisational guidelines

2. Carry out horse treatments

2.1 Check safety controls or required support and assistance are in place prior to treating horses

2.2 Ensure all horse restraints are suitable for the task

2.3 Provide routine medications and treatments, and record in workplace forms according to instructions

2.4 Clean hooves and examine shoes for wear and damage

2.5 Report faulty, broken or loose shoes

3. Support veterinary procedures

3.1 Report life-threatening ailments promptly to supervisor

3.2 Carry out basic emergency or first aid procedures

3.3 Report serious cuts and abrasions

3.4 Provide assistance during veterinary treatment

3.5 Treat cuts, abrasions and bruises

3.6 Report and record treatments and procedures

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 key information in work instructions and organisational guidelines

Writing

  • Record data and information about checking and treating horses accurately

Navigate the world of work

  • Follow instructions and workplace guidelines for safe work and horse handling practices in own role and work area

Interact with others

  • Follow accepted practices and protocols for reporting issues to supervisors and knowing to act immediately in emergency situations

Get the work done

  • Plan tasks and assemble resources needed to complete horse treatments and procedures

Unit Mapping Information

Code and title current version 

Code and title previous version 

Comments 

Equivalence status 

ACMHBR201 Check and treat horses

AHCHBR201A Monitor horse health and welfare

Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages

Code and title changed to reflect outcomes and appropriate industry sector usage

Equivalent unit

Links

Companion Volumes, including Implementation Guides, are available at VETNet: - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72

Companion Volumes, including Implementation Guides, are available at VETNet: - https://vetnet.education.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 1.0.

Performance Evidence

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

There must be evidence that the individual has checked and treated at least two horses. Each horse must be checked on three separate occasions and include:

  • identifying and minimising risks while handling each horse
  • performing duties around each horse in a firm but calm, gentle and unhurried manner
  • monitoring basic horse health and observing and identifying signs of:
  • ill health, injury or lameness
  • abnormal or depressed appetite
  • non-routine behaviour
  • cleaning hooves and examining each horse for loose or broken shoes
  • reporting signs of illness or injury
  • controlling, leading and handling each horse in an open and a confined space.

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:

  • basic horse husbandry techniques
  • animal welfare requirements, including ethical and humane treatment
  • key horse breeds and characteristics
  • indicators and signs of:
  • lameness or soreness
  • heat or swelling in legs
  • distress in horses
  • detecting signs of illness
  • recordkeeping systems
  • hazard identification and actions to minimise risks working with horses in open and confined areas
  • safe horse handling techniques.

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 live horses assessed as suitable for the experience and skill of the individual
  • materials and equipment for checking and treating horses
  • appropriate tack for horse and activity
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) correctly fitted and appropriate for checking and treating horses
  • workplace recording forms
  • specifications:
  • work instruction and organisation guidelines for checking and treating horses.

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.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72

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

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