Source information for animal care needs

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
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
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver ACMGAS208A, 'Source information for animal care needs'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Read and interpret product labels

1.1. Medication classes and product contents are identified and general use defined.

1.2. Safety precautions are identified and interpreted.

1.3. Dose or application rates are identified.

1.4. Dose or application is prepared for nominated animals as directed.

2. Gather information on products and services

2.1. Information sources for animal care products and services are identified and evaluated.

2.2. Company advisors are contacted for specific information.

2.3. Inquiries are made on animal care services for a range of animal care needs.

3. Profile nominated animal physiological features relevant to health and application of treatments

3.1. Animal metabolic processes relevant to health, nutritional needs and medication are identified.

3.2. Substances and medications known to produce allergic or toxic reactions in nominated animals are determined.

3.3. Methods of administration of treatments and medications are evaluated.

4. Take an animal history

4.1. Phone information is documented and information relayed to relevant staff.

4.2. Effective listening and research skills are used to verify information on animals.

4.3. Animal history is completed using workplace documentation.

Qualifications and Skillsets

ACMGAS208A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ACM40410 - Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • ACM20110 - Certificate II in Animal Studies