Conduct dropped ovary technique procedures for spaying cattle

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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. Conduct pre-DOT evaluations

1.1 Identify and comply with relevant State/Territory legislation, regulations, codes of practice and animal welfare standards and guidelines

1.2 Discuss alternatives to ovariectomy (spaying) with cattle manager and carefully consider them prior to undertaking DOT procedure

1.3 Confirm pre-operative evaluation of cattle submitted for ovary dropping with cattle manager

1.4 Identify and discuss risks associated with DOT procedure with cattle manager

2. Prepare for DOT operations

2.1 Monitor weather conditions to determine optimal conditions for operation

2.2 Select time of day for operation to minimise animal stress

2.3 Engage adequate numbers of skilled workers

2.4 Select appropriate holding yards, forcing yards, race and settling yards

2.5 Follow low-stress stock mustering, movement and handling procedures

2.6 Allow cattle to settle and cool after yarding

3. Select, maintain and use appropriate equipment

3.1 Ensure all equipment is well-maintained and in a clean and hygienic condition to reduce the risk of infection and cross-infection

3.2 Ensure cattle crush used for procedure is maintained in good working order and operated to ensure minimal risk to the operator and animal, especially when loading and unloading

3.3 Prepare wash-down, soaking and disinfecting containers and position ready for use

3.4 Prepare disinfectant solution in accordance with the label and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) directions

3.5 Sharpen ovariotome regularly and disinfect before use and between each procedure

3.6 Clean and disinfect all equipment at the end of operations and store appropriately to minimise contamination

4. Conduct DOT procedures

4.1 Conduct all procedures in accordance with animal welfare requirements, biosecurity requirements and work health and safety standards

4.2 Maintain a high standard of hygiene throughout the procedures in relation to facilities, hands, handling and equipment

4.3 Handle cattle quietly in the holding yards, forcing yards and race so that they are relatively calm when they reach the crush

4.4 Identify common DOT procedural impediments and plan remedial actions

4.5 Provide pain management in accordance with legislative requirements

4.6 Perform DOT procedures in accordance with industry best practice standards and processing rates

4.7 Apply identification earmarks or ear tags to cattle upon completion of procedures, in accordance with relevant State/Territory legislative requirements

4.8 Release and allow ovariectomised animals to settle on to feed and water in the settling yards for several hours, before moving them quietly to pasture

5. Carry out post DOT procedures

5.1 Record the identity of the cattle and date of the procedure, with details of significant observations where required

5.2 Inspect cattle regularly and with minimal disturbance for signs of post-operative complications during the healing process and take appropriate action where required