This unit of competency supports supervisors, trainers and others in the greyhound racing industry responsible for determining nutritional requirements for racing greyhounds.
This unit can be contextualised for other industries while also maintaining the integrity of the unit.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Prepare rations for racing greyhounds.
1. Nutritional principles to be applied to formulation of individual rations for a range of greyhounds in care are established.
2. Individual rations appropriate to greyhound's condition, workload and stage of training are formulated.
Assess range of feed, additives and supplements for greyhounds.
3. Feed is selected for a particular animal on the basis of quality, and nutritional and economic value .
4. Supplements and feed additives are assessed on the basis of active ingredients, price and nutritional needs of specific greyhounds.
5. Supplements andfeed additives selected are checked for rules of racing and animal welfare compliance.
Monitor kennel feeding practices.
6. Individual greyhounds are assessed for condition and nutritional needs.
7. Individual greyhound's eating behaviour, feed intake and work level are monitored and recorded .
applying safe work practices when determining nutritional requirements of greyhounds
applying nutritional principles
assessing quality feed
communicating with employer, supervisor, co-workers, feed merchants and others using assertive communication techniques to gather and relay information related to nutritional requirements of racing greyhounds
completing duties in accordance with safe operating procedures and nominated time frame
complying with animal welfare policies in the care, management and feeding of greyhounds
identifying and correctly using different feed components and feed supplements
identifying behaviour traits and eating patterns of individual greyhounds
identifying changes to greyhound behaviour
identifying individual greyhounds
identifying quality, type and value of feed
identifying spoiled or contaminated feed
monitoring and maintaining feed records
preparing feed rations
reading and interpreting workplace documentation, including relevant rules of racing
recognising changes in greyhounds' condition
relating to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
reporting problems promptly
supporting others in handling and providing rations to greyhounds in the appropriate manner
weighing feed items and greyhounds
written communication skills to complete workplace documentation and reports.
greyhound digestive system
communication procedures within kennel and wider racing industry
common greyhound behaviour, social traits and vices
economic value of various feeds
feed and feed supplements
industry terminology related to handling, caring and feeding greyhounds
interaction between feed and supplements that may result in contravention of industry regulations
methods used to measure feed value, including weighing feeds
methods used to measure greyhound weight and condition
nutritional principles in respect to greyhounds' age, condition and needs while in training and racing
nutritional value of various feeds
quality of feed
racing industry animal welfare requirements
racing industry safety requirements, including safe operating procedures
relevant rules of racing
sources and importance of energy, protein, fibre, minerals, trace elements and vitamins in a feed ration.
The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to workplace operations and satisfy all of the requirements of the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge and the range statement of this unit and include evidence of the following:
knowledge of the requirements, procedures and instructions that apply to determine nutritional requirements for racing greyhounds
implementation of procedures and timely techniques for the safe, effective and efficient application and monitoring of greyhound nutritional requirements
working with others to undertake and complete feeding regime procedures that meet required outcomes.
Evidence should be collected over a period of time using a range of greyhounds of different ages, sexes and temperaments, and at different stages of preparation in racing kennel and track environments.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Competency must be assessed in a racing workplace that provides access to the required resources or simulated environment approved by the relevant State Principal Racing Authority. Assessment is to occur under standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints. It is to comply with relevant regulatory requirements or Australian Standards requirements.
Assessment of the practical components of this unit will be by observation of relevant skills.
The following resources must be available:
a variety of greyhounds
materials and equipment relevant to assessing candidate's ability to determine and monitor nutritional requirements of racing greyhounds
safe handling areas, such as commercial kennels, and training and racetracks
work instructions and related documentation.
Method of assessment
Assessment methods must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the Racing Training Package.
The suggested strategies for the assessment of this unit are:
written and/or oral assessment of candidate's required knowledge
observed, documented and firsthand testimonial evidence of candidate's application of practical tasks
simulation exercises conducted in a State Principal Racing Authority approved simulated environment.
Evidence is required to be demonstrated over a period of time, therefore where performance is not directly observed any evidence should be authenticated by supervisors or other appropriate persons.
This unit may be assessed in a holistic way with other units of competency relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role, for example:
RGRPSG401A Relate anatomical and physiological features to the care and treatment of greyhounds
RGRPSG402A Manage greyhound health and welfare
RGRPSG403A Plan and implement education and training of greyhounds for racing.
Guidance information for assessment
Assessment methods should reflect workplace demands (e.g. literacy and numeracy demands) and the needs of particular target groups (e.g. people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people with a language background other than English, youth and people from low socioeconomic backgrounds).
The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording in the performance criteria is detailed below.
The range statement provides details of how this competency can be used in the workplaces of the racing industry to determine nutritional requirements for racing greyhounds. Workplaces include greyhound kennels and racecourses, training tracks and public areas.
Nutritional principles may include:
digestive system features:
mouth and teeth
effect of temperature
normal eating patterns
kennel eating patterns
weight of feeds.
Rations may include:
pre-packaged food or bulk base food
variety of grains and energy sources
Workload and stage of training may include:
age and gender of greyhound
trial and racing schedule
Quality, and nutritional and economic value may include:
age of material
alternative feed options
contaminants, for example:
presence or absence of mould or rot
rodent or other spoilage
cost compared to benefit gained
Supplements and feed additives may include:
Supplements and feed additives are selected and checked to avoid:
accidental introduction of banned substances that contravene the rules of racing.
Greyhound feeding behaviour may be monitored and recorded to include:
age, gender, weight and body condition of greyhound
feeding regime plan, including:
individual greyhound's changes in feeding due to training, racing or distractions
individual greyhound taste and eating pattern
ingredients of the ration and alternatives
quantity of each ingredient
supplements to be included
when variation to ration may be offered
recording and monitoring feeding patterns and body condition to identify:
circumstances that may require adjustments to daily rations
dietary disturbances that require appropriate treatment
injuries that may be aggravated or caused by feeding regime
training program and racing schedule.
Greyhound racing code
This unit contains employability skills.
Refer to Unit Descriptor