Manage and maintain the health of research animals

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Assessment Tool
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Assessment Template
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Assessment Matrix
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Wiki Markup
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Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Monitor the health status of laboratory animals

1.1. Standard operating procedures to monitor the health of laboratory animals for signs of disease are developed in conjunction with others.

1.2. The institution's standard operating procedures, including occupational health and safety (OHS), requirements are followed when monitoring the health of laboratory animals.

2. Investigate and recognise disease processes in research animals

2.1. Develop standard operating procedures to investigate and recognise diseases in laboratory animals.

2.2. Follow institution's standard operating procedures to investigate and recognise diseases in laboratory animals.

2.3. Signs of ill health, sickness behaviours and pain are recognised and reported to appropriate staff.

2.4. Lesions are recognised clinically and during post-mortem examinations, and are recorded against health status of animals.

2.5. Post-mortem changes due to deterioration in tissues and organs are recognised.

2.6. Organisms detected during testing procedures on biological samples taken from animals and their environments are classified as pathogenic or potentially pathogenic.

3. Treat, prevent and control disease in laboratory animals

3.1. Standard operating procedures to treat, prevent and control disease in laboratory animals are developed in conjunction with others.

3.2. The institution's standard operating procedures are followed when treating, preventing and controlling a range of diseases in laboratory animals.

3.3. Strategies are developed and implemented to investigate, treat, prevent, control and monitor disease.

4. Identify the way in which disease processes may influence the design and outcome of experiments in laboratory animals

4.1. Effects of disease processes in laboratory animals are identified and documented.

4.2. Effects on laboratory animals of experimental techniques are identified and documented.

Qualifications and Skillsets

ACMATE502A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ACM50110 - Diploma of Animal Technology