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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Observe and inspect animal health 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116074  Observe and inspect animal health 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The learner achieving this unit standard must be able to identify, record and report on abnormal animal behaviour and physical abnormalities, supervise the movement and restraint of animals and apply treatment under supervision and perform basic procedures. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of animal health, within agriculture or veterinary science.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in animal health and will be able to operate in an animal production environment implementing sustainable and economically viable production principles.

They will be capacitated to gain access to the mainstream agricultural sector, in animal production, impacting directly on the sustainability of the sub-sector. The improvement in production technology will also have a direct impact on the improvement of agricultural productivity of the sector. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will demonstrate competence against the following unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 1: Observe and handle animals.
  • NQF 1: Evaluate basic external animal anatomy and morphology.
  • NQF 1: Collect agricultural data. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Whilst range statements have been defined generically to include as wide a set of alternatives as possible, all range statements should be interpreted within the specific context of application.

    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Inspect, identify and report abnormal behaviour. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Abnormal behaviour includes but is not limited to lethargy, aggression, and lack of appetite or gross signs of disease and abnormalities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to observe individual animals is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Individual animals showing abnormal behaviour are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Animals identified are recorded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Problems identified are reported to the superior. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Supervise the movement and restraint of animals for basic procedures. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Moving animals includes but is not limited to collection and moving from holding pens, tanks, houses, etc. as relevant to the context of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to supervise the movement of animals from a holding facility to restraint facility is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to restrain individual animals is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to restrain groups of animals for evaluation is demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Groups of animals include but are not limited to flocks, herds, troops, swarms, colonies, etc as relevant to the context of operation.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform basic procedures under full supervision. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Procedures include but are not limited to the restraint of animals, checking temperatures, branding, and dehorning, etc. as relevant to the context of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Basic hygiene procedures are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to check equipment for functionality is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sterilization of equipment is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The ability to perform the task according to a standard procedure is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The correct cleaning of equipment is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The correct storage of equipment is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply basic principles of basic Bio-Security. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Containers include but are not limited to food bulk-bins and bait stations as relevant to the context of operation.
  • Protective gear include but are not limited to gloves, masks and boots. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The checking for chemical containers for bio-security is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to report insufficiencies to supervisor is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of protective gear is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The ability to refill chemical containers with chemicals supplied by supervisor is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The ability to collect waste products and empty containers as well as to clean or discarded these empty containers is demonstrated. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes; critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The person is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • The names and functions as well as the characteristics of the relevant equipment used in the identification, recording, reporting and treatment of animal health.
  • Sensory cues relating to symptoms regarding animal health.
  • The purpose of the evaluation and treatment procedures.
  • The implications regarding the correct identification and treatment of animal symptoms.
  • Procedures involved in the identification, recording, reporting and treatment of animals.
  • All relevant legislation, rules and codes of conduct relating to the unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: relates to outcomes:
  • Supervise the movement and restraint of animals.
  • Perform basic procedures under full supervision.
  • Apply basic principles of basic Bio-Security. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-Management relates to outcomes:
  • Identify, inspect, and record abnormal behaviour.
  • Supervise the movement and restraint of animals.
  • Perform basic procedures under full supervision. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpreting information relates to outcomes:
  • Identify, inspect, and record abnormal behaviour.
  • Apply basic principles of basic Bio-Security. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication relates to outcomes:
  • Identify, inspect, and record abnormal behaviour.
  • Supervise the movement and restraint of animals.
  • Perform basic procedures under full supervision. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology: relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter relatedness: relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development: relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48976   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    3. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    4. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    5. Dihwai Food Cultural and Agricultural Services 
    6. Escay Catering and other Services 
    7. Ghoenas Kraal Opleiding Sentrum 
    8. Heedmorine Training 
    9. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    10. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    11. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    12. Maishamalema Development Training 
    13. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    14. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    15. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    16. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
    17. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    18. Mpontshe Training 
    19. Mvelo Consultant 
    20. NFS Services (Pty) Ltd 
    21. Nophelo Training Centre 
    22. Novi General Services 
    23. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    24. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    25. Setlakala Business Development 
    26. Siyafundisa I Africa 
    27. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    28. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    29. Thuto Boshwa Skills Development Services 
    30. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    31. Tripple R Training Provider 
    32. University of Limpopo 
    33. Vari Consulting 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.