Carry out post-mortem examination of livestock

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Assessment Tool
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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
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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
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Observation Checklist
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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
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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 AHCLSK304, 'Carry out post-mortem examination of livestock'.
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Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Prepare to conduct post-mortem / necropsy

1.1 Select site for post-mortem, ensuring compliance with biosecurity and environmental requirements

1.2 Prepare the site to be used for the post-mortem

1.3 Obtain and collate all relevant preliminary information about the carcass to be examined

1.4 Identify work health and safety and biosecurity hazards, assess risks and take appropriate action

1.5 Select and use personal protective equipment

1.6 Obtain and prepare required equipment and resources

1.7 Move the animal to be examined to the post mortem area using appropriate manual lifting techniques and equipment

1.8 Seek expert assistance if required

2. Carry out post-mortem examination

2.1 Carry out external assessment and note outward signs of disease or injury

2.2 Seek expert advice and assistance before proceeding where unusual symptoms are present

2.3 Perform post mortem of the carcass in a systematic and safe manner using appropriate techniques and equipment, without causing artificial damage to organs and tissues

2.4 Examine organs, tissues and joints

2.5 Take samples of organs and tissues where appropriate, and place in properly labelled containers to meet laboratory requirements

2.6 Record relevant data and details of the post mortem examination and suggest the cause of death where possible

3. Carry out post necropsy procedures

3.1 Dispose of carcass and biological materials using appropriate equipment and comply with biosecurity and environment al requirements, and national and local regulations for carcass disposal

3.2 Send labelled and packaged samples to the laboratory for analysis and comply with regulations for sending biological samples by post

3.3 Collate all information about the livestock examined and the records made during the post-mortem, and forward to supervisor or veterinarian for analysis and establishing a diagnosis

3.4 Clean and disinfect all equipment used and store appropriately

3.5 Clean and disinfect site used for the post-mortem

3.6 Disinfect disposable personal protective equipment before disposing them

3.7 Wash hands and exposed body areas thoroughly

3.8 Change clothing and place in appropriate bin for laundering and disinfect boots