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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Give advice on responsible companion animal ownership 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261558  Give advice on responsible companion animal ownership 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Animal Protection Standards 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 
An animal protection inspector gives advice and educational information on companion animals. This unit standard addresses the need to give advice on such matters and learners credited with it will be able to give advice on:
  • Suitable companion animals.
  • Their physical and mental needs according to species and common breeds.
  • The importance of human-animal interaction.
  • Responsibilities to animals and society. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain which animals are regarded as suitable companion animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The suitability of domestic canines as companion animals is described in terms of the breed and common characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The suitability of domestic felines as companion animals is described in terms of the breed and common characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Other potentially suitable companion animals are identified for given situations and an overview of their care requirements is given. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the physical needs of domestic canine and feline. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Nutritional requirements for specific pets are described in terms of the breed and their characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The necessity for shelter and protection are described in accordance with animal needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The primary health care requirements of different pets are described in accordance with their characteristics. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify activities that improve companion animals' sense of well-being. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate handling, training and grooming of specific animals is described in terms of their nature and characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ways of enriching the lives of domestic canine and feline pets are described in terms of reducing boredom. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Ways of enrichment include the provision of toys and playthings and providing suitable companionship.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Exercise requirements for different animals are described as a means of enhancing their general well-being. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the social implications of responsible ownership. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of sterilisation is explained in terms of its implications on the animal and household. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Leaving companion animals for both short and long term periods is described in terms of the implications for the animal. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of socialisation is identified for the animal's well being. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of animal by-laws is explained in terms of nuisance to members of the community. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    By-laws may include licensing, appropriate forms of identification, noise abatement, keeping animals under control, and cleaning up when in public places.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessment of this unit standard should be contextual and practical:
  • Assessors and moderators must be registered with the relevant accredited ETQA.
  • Assessors should be in possession of a relevant qualification that is at least one level higher than the level of this unit standard or have at least 5 years relevant practical experience.
  • Training providers must be accredited by a relevant ETQA.

    Assessment should include both formative and summative assessment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Commonly kept companion animals.
  • Key points of responsible companion animal ownership. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking when designing practical ways to provide environment enrichment for animals. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others when persuading them to adopt responsible animal ownership behaviours. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when preparing material for giving advice and education. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and language skills when giving advice or a presentation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems when explaining the social impact of responsible animal ownership. 

    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  65229   Further Education and Training Certificate: Animal Protection  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  LG SETA 


    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.
     
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    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.