Carry out post-mortem examination of a research animal

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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
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Moodle Outcomes
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Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver ACMATE503A, 'Carry out post-mortem examination of a research animal'.
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare to conduct the post-mortem examination

1.1. The site for the post-mortem is selected and prepared.

1.2. Containment issues are identified and appropriate action is taken.

1.3. Correct clothing, equipment and resources are obtained and prepared for use.

1.4. The animal to be examined is moved to the post-mortem area using appropriate manual lifting techniques and/or equipment.

1.5. Death of the animal is confirmed by checking its vital signs.

1.6. All relevant preliminary information about the animal to be examined is obtained and collated.

1.7. Abnormal characteristics that may indicate the presence of notifiable and potentially hazardous conditions or diseases are identified and appropriate action is taken.

1.8. Occupational health and safety (OHS) hazards associated with the procedure are identified and appropriate action is taken to protect self and others.

1.9. Expert assistance is sought as appropriate.

2. Carry out the post-mortem examination

2.1. External assessment of the animal is carried out and outward signs of abnormalities or injury are noted.

2.2. Animal is dissected using appropriate techniques and equipment to avoid cutting into organs or stomach cavity.

2.3. Nominated organs, tissues and structures are examined.

2.4. Samples of organs, other tissues and fluid samples are taken, where appropriate, and prepared in accordance with institutional and laboratory requirements.

3. Complete the post-mortem examination

3.1. Carcass is disposed of using appropriate equipment in accordance with institutional quarantine requirements and other procedures.

3.2. Correctly labelled and packaged samples are sent for analysis.

3.3. All information about the animal examined and the records of observations made during the post-mortem are collated and forwarded to the relevant persons for analysis and diagnosis

3.4. Post mortem area and equipment used are cleaned and disinfected.

3.5. Personal biosecurity clean-up is completed in accordance with the institution's policies and procedures.

Qualifications and Skillsets

ACMATE503A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ACM50110 - Diploma of Animal Technology