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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Inspect working donkeys living and working under sub-optimal welfare conditions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261620  Inspect working donkeys living and working under sub-optimal welfare conditions 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
Inspectors need to be capable of evaluating the physiological condition and the donkeys' sense of well-being. They also need the ability to recognise possible cruelty offences and take appropriate action.

The unit standard reflects this need, and learners credited with it will be able to:
  • Distinguish the physiology of a donkey from other animals.
  • Identify physiological parameters of a healthy donkey and common diseases or ailments.
  • Define humane and correct handling techniques and behavioural problems of donkeys.
  • Describe equipment used on or attached to a traction animal, the maintenance thereof and potential welfare concerns.
  • Explain the uses of working donkeys and their welfare needs.
  • Describe legislation relating to the use and care of donkeys explained. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Knowledge of relevant animal protection legislation.
  • A basic knowledge of donkey needs. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Distinguish the physiology of a donkey from other animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Parts of the donkey are identified and explained in terms of their function. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The hoof is explained in terms of its structure and care requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The dental formula is categorized according to pattern, growth, structure, age and functionality. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify physiological parameters of a healthy donkey and common diseases or ailments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Normal physiological parameters of a healthy donkey are identified in accordance with generally accepted standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The dietary requirements of donkeys are explained according to their developmental satge. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A basic and fundamental primary health care program is defined for donkeys in a given environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Common diseases and ailments are identified in terms of their causes and symptoms. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Define humane and correct handling techniques and behavioural problems of donkeys. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of humane and appropriate handling of a donkey. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes training, restraining, transporting, medicating and grooming.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of behavioural problems commonly found in donkeys. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Welfare issues regarding the handling of donkeys are determined for a given scenario. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe equipment used on or attached to a traction animal, the maintenance thereof and potential welfare concerns. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of equipment used for traction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Welfare problems associated with traction donkeys are identified in a given scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Maintenance requirements of harnessing equipment are explained in terms of the use of the equipment and potential injury to the animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Hitching methods are explained in terms of their approach and results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Maintenance requirements of carts and implements are described in terms of preventive maintenance as well as the alterations which should be made to currently used carts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Equipment used for handling and restraining a donkey is identified and described in terms of how it works. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes the correct techniques for hobbling a donkey.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Distinctions are made between acceptable and unacceptable use of equipment for handling and restraining donkeys. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Explain the uses of working donkeys and their welfare needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different areas in which donkeys are used are named and explained in terms of the type of work performed by the donkey. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The physiological condition of a working donkey is determined according to accepted weight-scoring techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Environmental conditions are explained in terms of acceptable animal husbandry standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Describe legislation relating to the use and care of donkeys explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pieces of legislation are identified and explained with regards to the use of donkeys and related tools. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Donkey abuse is identified and classified in accordance with relevant legislation. 


    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 distinguish the physiology of a donkey from other animals.
  • Parts of the donkey.
  • Common diseases or ailments.
  • Dietary requirements of donkeys.
  • Humane and correct handling techniques.
  • Equipment used on or attached to a traction animal.
  • Maintenance requirements of harnessing equipment.
  • Maintenance requirements of carts and implements.
  • Equipment used for handling and restraining a donkey.
  • The different areas in which donkeys are used.
  • Legislation relating to the use and care of donkeys. 

  • 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 how to evaluate the condition and environment of donkeys. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when preparing material for explanations of the various aspects of working donkeys in sub-optimal welfare conditions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when preparing to distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable handling, training and restraint methods. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual and language skills when explaining the use of equipment on or attached to working donkeys. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems when explaining the welfare concerns and how they arise from improperly designed and maintained equipment. 

    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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