Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals

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Evidence Guide
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Self Assessment Survey
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify nutritional requirements of animals

1.1. Animals are classified according to natural nutrient sources and types of digestive systems.

1.2. Normal feeding behaviours and nutritional requirements of a range of animals in the animal care workplace are aligned with natural diet and controlled environment animal requirements.

1.3. Feeding strategies and methods to maximise activity and behavioural enrichment are evaluated.

1.4. Characteristics of under or over supply of nutrients are identified and methods used to monitor nutritional uptake are evaluated and practised.

2. Evaluate food sources and calculate dietary requirements

2.1. Foodstuffs are classified according to nutrient content.

2.2. Foodstuffs are evaluated for shelf life, preparation requirements, availability and cost.

2.3. Hazards to animal and human health from food sources are identified and methods used to manage potential risks are implemented.

2.4. Feed weight and water requirements are estimated based on animal profiles.

2.5. Protein, carbohydrate, vitamin and mineral supplement and fibre needs are estimated based on animal profiles.

2.6. Other dietary issues relevant to the animal's profile are identified and factored into dietary calculations.

2.7. Diet plans are prepared and documented after supervisor approval.

3. Prepare diets and provide food and water

3.1. Food is prepared in accordance with diet plan and stored safely and hygienically

3.2. Food and water is presented in accordance to different species requirements and in compliance with organisation policy and procedures.

4. Monitor feeding and watering practices

4.1. Food and water consumption is monitored and recorded in accordance with organisation policy and procedures.

4.2. Abnormal feed intake or feeding behaviour are identified and reported in accordance with organisation policy and procedures.

4.3. Animals are monitored for condition, metabolic and behavioural changes.

4.4. Reasons for poor response to diet are evaluated and specialist advice sought as required.

4.5. Required dietary changes are determined in consultation with supervisor and / or others.

4.6. Dietary variations are documented and records updated as required.

Qualifications and Skillsets

ACMGAS303A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ACM30310 - Certificate III in Captive Animals
  • ACM30410 - Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
  • ACM30110 - Certificate III in Animal Studies
  • ACM30210 - Certificate III in Animal Technology
  • ACM40210 - Certificate IV in Captive Animals
  • ACM50110 - Diploma of Animal Technology