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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of the short term care of cats in a caged environment and how to carry out an inspection 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261592  Demonstrate knowledge of the short term care of cats in a caged environment and how to carry out an inspection 
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 
Animal welfare workers need to be able to safely and hygienically house cats for short term care. The housing of these cats is important for their general health needs, both physically and emotionally. This is even so when they are housed for a short period of time.

The unit standard reflects this need, and learners credited with it will be able to:
  • Identify a variety of cattery designs with reference to the specific needs of cats.
  • Implement an animal health and hygiene policy.
  • Identify the dietary, watering and social needs of cats in a cattery environment.
  • Design and complete animal record forms and routine daily observation charts.
  • Conduct a routine animal health check. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Euthanasia policies and humane disposal of unwanted animals.
  • Acceptable handling techniques and methods of restraint.
  • Communication at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify a variety of cattery designs with reference to the specific needs of cats. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A variety of cattery designs for the short term housing of cats are suggested that will suit given requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Housing requirements for the specific needs of cats are explained for given circumstances. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Implement an animal health and hygiene policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Environmental conditions and acceptable animal husbandry standards for cats are identified from relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Vaccinations available for common diseases found in cats are identified and a vaccination program is explained in terms of the frequency and importance of receiving vaccinations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Health issues commonly experienced in a cattery are identified and described in terms of visible evidence of disease, parasites, injury or distress commonly found in a kennel environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The storage of feed and poisons is described in terms of hygiene and safety requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify the dietary, watering and social needs of cats in a cattery environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Dietary and water requirements are identified according to specific needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Housing and sleeping requirements are identified that include factors such as weather conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ways of enriching the environment for cats in a cattery are identified within given resources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Social requirements are identified that include the mixing of sterilized an unsterilized cats and pregnant queens. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Design and complete animal record forms and routine daily observation charts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Forms are designed to record vital information about the animal. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including but not limited to: Primary health care and medical history, owner details, and dietary requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A daily routine observation chart is designed that ensures all observations are recorded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Animal records are completed ensuring relevant details are recorded accurately. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Conduct a routine animal health check. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A check is undertaken to ensure that the animals' well-being is maintained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes but not limited to observation of any visible evidence of disease, parasites, injury or distress commonly found in a caged environment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Observations requiring action are identified and an appropriate recourse taken. 


    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 
  • Knowledge of suitable cattery design requirements.
  • What vaccinations are available.
  • Environmental conditions and acceptable animal husbandry standards.
  • Health issues commonly experienced in a cattery.
  • The storage of feed and poisons.
  • The dietary, watering and social needs of cats.
  • How to design and complete animal record forms.
  • How to conduct a routine animal health check. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems when deciding on action to take as a result of an inspection of cats in cages. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when making observations and completing animal record forms. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when recording observations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when explaining various conditions that may be found during an inspection. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems when considering the health issues commonly experienced in a cattery. 

    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
    Elective  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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