Veterinary Nursing Project

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Case for change

This project will review relevant Veterinary Nursing skills standards and qualifications within the ACM10 Animal Care and Management Training Package to ensure they reflect the current skill needs of industry.

Training Package Projects are established only when a Case For Change has been approved by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC), in line with the National Schedule. Following this approval, Skills Impact and the IRC take the Training Package Project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

 

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Project overview

Project Scope

Meetings with VNCA, NIAG and AVA identified changes to Veterinary Nursing qualifications is required and should incorporate a functional analysis of the industry and possible structural changes to the qualifications as follows:

  • Identify areas in the assessment requirements that are vague and do not meet the specific needs identified by the VNCA, NIAG, AVA.
  • Ensure that educationally sound assessment requirements are put into place so as to identify evidence of required skills.
  • Explore prerequisite requirements, such as Certificate II in Animal Studies or equivalent to become a prerequisite for Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
  • Review the duplication of units of competency in Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing that are already in the Certificate II of Animal Studies.
  • Develop new units that addresses animal anatomy and physiology that will be included as a core unit in the Certificate IV of Veterinary Nursing.

The proposed components that require review to ensure the training package can be used to benchmark participant occupational performance comprise of the following:

  • 6 qualifications
  • 52 units of competency
  • 1 – 12 new units of competency

Timeline

February 2017
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting – Functional Analysis
Training Package component drafting
Second TAC meeting (23 February)

March 2017
First draft of Training Package Components completed
Third TAC meeting (20 March)

April 2017
First public consultation of relevant units via Skills Impact Website
National face-to-face workshops

May 2017
Fourth TAC meeting (3 May)
Second draft of Training Package Components completed
Second public consultation of relevant units via Skills Impact Website

June 2017
Final draft of Training Package Components completed
Fifth TAC meeting (21 June)

July 2017
Industry Reference Committee (IRC) Sign-off
Training Package components independently Quality Assured and Editing and Equity Reports completed

August 2017
Submission for endorsement to the AISC

 

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Methodology
  1. Expertise input and consultation
  2. Training Package component drafting
  3. Industry validation
  4. Independent quality assurance and access and equity review
  5. Industry Reference Committee (IRC) Sign-off
  6. Submission for endorsement to the AISC

 

Project Team
Sam Papasidero Industry Facilitation Manager, Skills Impact spapasidero@skillsimpact.com.au
Wayne Jones Industry Skills Standards Specialist, Skills Impact
Jenni Oldfied Industry Skills Standards Developer, JOConsultancy
Inci Sapmazturk Administrative Support, Skills Impact

 

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Membership
Andrew Donnan Veterinary Nurse
Benjamin Rochester National Industry Advisory Group for Veterinary Nursing
Bill Harkin Australian Veterinary Association
Helen Power Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia
Jo Powell Australia Veterinary Association and TAFE SA
Merrilyn Fitzgerald Equine Veterinarian
Patricia Clarke Australian Veterinary Association
Sheridan Martin Veterinary Surgeon’s board of WA

 

Development

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the draft units of competency, qualifications and skill sets.

The feedback will inform the work on the final draft of units and qualifications which will be available for industry validation early June.

The draft units and qualifications that are under review are listed below.

ACMGAS3XX Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
ACMGAS3XX Communicate effectively in a veterinary practice
ACMVET4XX Provide nutritional advice and support for animals
ACMVET4XX Assist with preparation of pharmaceutical products for animals
ACMVET4XX Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia

*Please contact us if you have any problems accessing the zipped files.

ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals
ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animals (note that this unit is also in Certificate IV)
ACMGAS208 Source information for animal care needs
ACMSPE301 Provide basic care of amphibians (note that this unit is also in Certificate IV)
 ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds (note that this unit is also in Certificate IV)
 ACMSPE303 Provide basic care of common native mammals (note that this unit is also in Certificate IV)
 ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of dogs (note that this unit is also in Certificate IV)
 ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats (note that this unit is also in Certificate IV)
 ACMSPE306 Provide basic care of marine fish (note that this unit is also in Certificate IV)
 ACMSPE307 Provide basic care of freshwater fish (note that this unit is also in Certificate IV)
 ACMSPE308 Provide basic care of marine aquatic invertebrates (note that this unit is also in Certificate IV)
 ACMSPE309 Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates (note that this unit is also in Certificate IV)
ACMSPE310 Provide basic care of mammals (note that this unit is also in Certificate IV)
ACMSPE311 Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles
 ACMSPE312 Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits (note that this unit is also in Certificate IV)
ACMVET201 Assist with veterinary nursing reception duties
ACMVET202 Carry out daily clinic routines (note that this unit is also in Certificate IV)
ACMVET203 Assist with surgery preparation

*Please contact us if you have any problems accessing the zipped files.

ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animals (note that this unit is also in Certificate II)
ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
ACMMIC401 Implant microchip in cats and dogs
ACMSPE301 Provide basic care of amphibians (note that this unit is also in Certificate II)
ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds (note that this unit is also in Certificate II)
ACMSPE303 Provide basic care of common native mammals (note that this unit is also in Certificate II)
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of dogs (note that this unit is also in Certificate II)
ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats (note that this unit is also in Certificate II)
ACMSPE306 Provide basic care of marine fish (note that this unit is also in Certificate II)
ACMSPE307 Provide basic care of freshwater fish (note that this unit is also in Certificate II)
ACMSPE308 Provide basic care of marine aquatic invertebrates (note that this unit is also in Certificate II)
ACMSPE309 Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates (note that this unit is also in Certificate II)
ACMSPE310 Provide basic care of mammals (note that this unit is also in Certificate II)
ACMSPE311 Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles (note that this unit is also in Certificate II)
ACMSPE312 Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits (note that this unit is also in Certificate II)
ACMSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMVET202 Carry out daily clinic routines (note that this unit is also in Certificate II)
ACMVET401 Coordinate veterinary reception
ACMVET402 Apply imaging routines
ACMVET403 Perform clinical pathology procedures
ACMVET404 Perform practice office procedures
ACMVET405 Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
ACMVET406 Nurse animals
ACMVET407 Carry out medical nursing routines
ACMVET409 Provide specific animal care advice
ACMVET410 Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
ACMVET411 Prepare, deliver and review animal care education programs
ACMVET412 Coordinate clinic promotional activities
ACMVET414 Nurse foals
ACMVET415 Provide intensive foal care and nursing
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMVET5XX Develop and implement specific clinic policies (note that this unit has been recoded from level four to level 5)

*Please contact us if you have any problems accessing the zipped files.

ACMSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
(note that this unit is also in Certificate IV)
ACMVET501 Manage nursing requirements for specialised surgical procedures
ACMVET502 Carry out post-operative nursing routines
ACMVET503 Produce veterinary dental oral cavity images
ACMVET504 Provide veterinary dental nursing support for advanced veterinary dental surgery
ACMVET505 Prepare for emergency response
ACMVET506 Perform emergency procedures to sustain life
ACMVET507 Provide nursing support for critical care surgery
ACMVET508 Support veterinary practice communication and professional development
ACMVET509 Manage veterinary nursing procedures
ACMVET510 Apply veterinary nursing pathophysiology
ACMVET511 Apply principles of animal behaviour
ACMWHS501 Manage work health and safety processes

*Please contact us if you have any problems accessing the zipped files.

ACM2_17 Certificate II in Animal Studies
ACM4_17 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
ACM5 _ 17 Diploma Veterinary Nursing

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Feedback on the content of 52 existing units of competency, 5 proposed new units, and the structure of 3 qualifications was sought to ensure the draft units and qualifications reflect the current occupational skills needs of industry.

The following Diplomas of Veterinary Nursing have been merged into one single qualification, with embedded specialty streams, based off recommendations by the National Industry Advisory Group for Veterinary Nursing (NIAG) and the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA).

ACM50312 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Dental)
ACM50412 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care)
ACM50512 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice)
ACM50212 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical)

The revised Diploma is one of 3 draft qualifications that has been available for review and feedback. The other two qualifications are the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and Certificate II in Animal Studies.

The five proposed new units are being developed to address skills gaps in the training package around animal physiology and analgesics.

Validation

Thank you to those who participated in the validation process for the final draft units of competency and qualifications. The consultation period for this Validation stage of the project is now closed.

The final drafts have been forwarded to the relevant Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) for sign off. After final quality assurance of the drafts, they will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Validation means checking or proving that something is logically and factually accurate. Industry views were sought on whether the final draft documents accurately reflected the current occupational skill standards and needs of industry. The final draft units and qualifications that were available for industry validation are listed below.

 

Qualifications

The following Diplomas of Veterinary Nursing have been merged into one single qualification, with embedded specialty streams, based off recommendations by the National Industry Advisory Group for Veterinary Nursing (NIAG) and the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and feedback form industry during the consultation period between 3 – 30 April.

  • ACM50312 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Dental)
  • ACM50412 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care)
  • ACM50512 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice)
  • ACM50212 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical)
ACM2XX17 Certificate II in Animal Studies
ACM4XX17 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
ACM5XX17 Diploma Veterinary Nursing

 

Units of Competency

The last two units listed below are proposed new units. They have been developed to address skills gaps in the training package around animal physiology and analgesics.

ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals
ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animals
ACMGAS208 Source information for animal care needs
ACMGAS3__ Communicate effectively with clients and team members
ACMGAS3__ Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work

 

ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work

 

ACMMIC401 Implant microchip in cats and dogs

 

ACMSPE307 Provide basic care of freshwater fish
ACMSPE308 Provide basic care of marine invertebrates
ACMSPE309 Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates
ACMSPE310 Provide basic care of mammals
ACMSPE311 Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles
ACMSPE312 Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
ACMSPE301 Provide basic care of amphibians
ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds
ACMSPE303 Provide basic care of common native mammals
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
ACMSPE306 Provide basic care of marine fish

 

ACMSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

 

The last three units listed below are proposed new units. They have been developed to address skills gaps in the training package around animal physiology and analgesics.

ACMVET413A Develop and implement specific clinic policies has been recoded to AQF level 5 and is now ACMVET5__ Develop and implement specific practice policies. On review it was found the content was above an AQF level 4 unit of competency. As part of the project, this unit was also updated to meet the 2012 Standards for Training Packages, with minor changes to clarify the content, and the assessment requirements were also revised

ACMVET406 Nurse animals
ACMVET407 Carry out medical nursing routines
ACMVET409 Provide specific animal care advice
ACMVET410 Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
ACMVET411 Prepare, deliver and review animal care education programs
ACMVET412 Coordinate practice promotional activities
ACMVET414 Nurse foals
ACMVET415 Provide intensive foal care and nursing
ACMVET501 Manage nursing requirements for specialised surgical procedures
ACMVET502 Carry out post-operative nursing routines
ACMVET503 Produce veterinary dental oral cavity images
ACMVET504 Provide veterinary dental nursing support for advanced veterinary dental surgery
ACMVET505 Prepare for veterinary emergency response
ACMVET506 Perform emergency procedures to sustain life
ACMVET507 Provide nursing support for critical care surgery
ACMVET508 Support veterinary practice communication and professional development
ACMVET509 Manage veterinary nursing procedures
ACMVET510 Apply veterinary nursing pathophysiology
ACMVET511 Apply principles of animal behaviour
ACMVET201 Assist with veterinary nursing reception duties
ACMVET202 Carry out daily clinic routines
ACMVET203 Assist with surgery preparation
ACMVET401 Coordinate veterinary reception duties
ACMVET402 Apply imaging routines
ACMVET403 Perform clinical pathology procedures
ACMVET404 Perform practice office procedures
ACMVET405 Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
ACMVET5__ Develop and implement specific practice policies
ACMVET4__ Provide nutritional advice and support for animals
ACMVET4__ Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons
ACMVET4__ Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia

 

ACMWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
ACMWHS501 Manage work health and safety processes

 

 

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