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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plan and implement strategies for proactive animal protection 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261560  Plan and implement strategies for proactive animal protection 
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 important part of an inspectors work is pro active and assertive and thereby preventing cruelty to animals.

The unit standard reflects this need, and learners credited with it will be able to:
  • Determine where, within a defined area of authority, animals may be in need of assistance or upliftment.
  • Develop a routine plan of action to visit such places.
  • Evaluate the animals and their circumstances on such visits.
  • Decide on the degree and urgency of action required, if any.
  • Act accordingly. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Knowledge of animal protection legislation.
  • Basic knowledge of animal needs.
  • Communication skills at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify paces where animals may be in need of assistance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Design and maintain a checklist according to categories of places where animals may be kept or used. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Categories include but are not limited to pet shops, security animals, traction animals, grooming parlours, wildlife parks, abattoirs, riding stables, kennels and catteries, and indigent areas.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Full details of contacts, locations, animals and their circumstances are maintained in each of the categories as appropriate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A system is in place to ensure timely awareness of sporadic events and new places involving animals. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Sporadic events include circuses, game sales, horse, cat and dog shows, and agricultural shows.
  • New places include those newly adopted by hawkers.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Develop a fundamental plan of action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A schedule is drawn up, intervals between visits taking cognizance of perceived importance, locations and demands of reactive work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Preparation for visits is made according to established checklists and routine protocols. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Action taken is monitored against the plan. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Recognise the need for appropriate action at the scene. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Observations are made on all of the animals and their circumstances at the scene. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Urgent action is taken where delay will cause unnecessary pain or distress to an animal. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Observations are recorded in note-form and photographically if appropriate. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Respond according to the condition of the animals and their circumstances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Factual findings are given to the person or persons in charge of the animals and/or establishment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Credit is given to the persons involved for positive aspects of the animals and their circumstances, if appropriate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A decision is made based on the observations of the conditions of the animals, and their environment, followed by the appropriate action. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Actions include giving advice on improvements, rescues, issuing written warnings, confiscations and notices according to legal requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    If the situation necessitates, a lay or expert witness is considered and acted upon. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Expert witnesses may include veterinarians, animal behaviourists, and nutritional experts.
     


    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 
  • How to formulate a fundamental plan.
  • A basis for determining the degree and urgency of action.
  • A knowledge of the options for action available. 

  • 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 deciding on actions to take on an inspection. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's personal activities when preparing for inspection visits. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when preparing a fundamental plan. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in oral or written form when giving feedback to persons in charge of animals. 

    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: 
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