Develop enrichment strategies for companion 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
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Moodle Outcomes
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Registered Training Organisations
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Develop enrichment strategies

1.1. Research and consultation are conducted to determine appropriate strategies for particular animals and breeds.

1.2. Enrichment strategies are developed against known animal behaviour and traits.

1.3. Animal welfare and occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements are incorporated into strategies as appropriate.

1.4. Organisational procedures for enrichment are developed in accordance with the profile of animals in the workplace.

1.5. Behavioural management budget allocation is aligned to short and longer-term strategies.

2. Implement enrichment programs

2.1. Enrichment strategies and procedures are communicated to staff and training is provided as necessary.

2.2. Animal husbandry regimes are adjusted to incorporate enrichment strategies.

2.3. Assistance is provided to staff in implementing physical, social and food-related enrichment programs appropriate to the target species.

2.4. Staff members providing enrichment to animals are supervised in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.

2.5. Short-term management of animals exhibiting undesirable behaviour is assessed and implemented.

3. Monitor and review enrichment strategies

3.1. Responses to implementation of enrichment strategy are monitored to determine their effects on animals and documented.

3.2. Adverse consequences to an enrichment strategy are investigated and evaluated.

3.3. Enrichment program modification suggestions are gathered in consultation with staff and implemented where appropriate.

3.4. Short and longer-term enrichment strategies are updated in line with review findings and documented.

3.5. Organisation behavioural management budget allocation is aligned to reviewed and updated strategies.

Qualifications and Skillsets

ACMCAS404A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ACM40310 - Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services