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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Profile species to identify their holistic requirements 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261586  Profile species to identify their holistic requirements 
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 
When an animal protection inspector is evaluating a situation involving animals, there is a need for an understanding of the requirements of different species. There is also a need to evaluate the behavioral characteristics, physical and mental wellbeing of the animals and the suitability of the environment in which they are found.

This unit standard addresses these needs, and learners credited with it will be able to:
  • Explain the needs of different species.
  • Evaluate the behavioral characteristics of an animal according to specie and environment.
  • Evaluate the physical condition of an animal according to species.
  • Evaluate the mental wellbeing of an animal and its environment according to species. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • A basic knowledge of the characteristics and requirements of different animal species.
  • Communication skills at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the general needs of various species. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Domestic, farm, wild animals and those in aquaculture. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The nutritional needs of the various species are explained for specific situations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The spatial orientation and protective needs of the various species are explained for specific situations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Environmental and behavioral needs of different species are explained for specific situations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An explanation of the "5 Freedoms" is given in accordance with standard operating practices. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Evaluate the physical condition of animals according to species. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Animals are observed to determine if nutritional needs appear to be met. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Animals are examined to determine physical condition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Caregivers/owners are interviewed to confirm physical condition of the animal. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Observations are noted according to organisational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate the mental well-being and environmental provision for animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Animals are observed to determine if their behaviour is normal for the species or breed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Observations are made on the environment in which the animals are found and kept. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Environment includes pen, cage, stall, byre, yard, provision of water and shade, equipment used for shows, exhibitions and sales, location such as a showground, roadside or on the road.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Recommendations are made for improving the animals' physical and mental well-being in accordance with the current situation and available resources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Observations are noted according to organisational procedures. 


    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 
  • Ability to recognise different species.
  • Ability to differentiate between animals in a normal condition from those requiring attention, according to species.
  • Knowledge of potential improvements to environment according to species. 

  • 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 making decisions evaluating the condition of animals and their environments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when referring to written and pictorial material prior to evaluating the condition of animals. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when noting the results of observations and examinations. 

    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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