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Animal Care & Management Projects Finalised

New Qualifications, Skill Sets & Units Available

Qualifications, skill sets and units of competency developed out of the following projects are now published on training.gov.au. It follows endorsement by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). They are published within the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package version 2 (published on 11/12/2018). Click here to view the training package.

Veterinary Nursing Project

The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and its associated units have been endorsed and published. The Diploma of Veterinary Nursing will be reconsidered by the AISC at their next meeting on the 19 February 2019.

As part of this project, qualification entry requirements were reviewed and updated, in line with industry requirements. New units were developed to address animal anatomy and physiology. The duplication of units between the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and the Certificate II of Animal Studies were also reviewed. Visit project page

Farriery Project

The Farriery qualification and units were updated to accurately reflect job functions, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs. It also developed a new qualification for Barefoot Trimmers.

  • 2 qualifications
  • 18 units of competency (includes 6 new units).
  • 1 new skill set for equine emergency shoe replacement.

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Work Safely Around Animals (Infection Control) Project

This project reviewed specific animal care units of competency so infection control outcomes reflect the needs of workers in the industry.
Key issues were identified relating to the need to better prepare individuals handling and caring for animals in disease identification, control and biosecurity.

  • 13 units of competency (includes 8 new units).
  • 1 new skill set for promoting animal health in remote communities.

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What does this mean for training providers?

Registered training organisations (RTOs) may now apply to have the updated qualifications and units added to their scope of registration. RTOs who already have the qualifications and units that have been updated as part of this endorsement have 12 months to transition to deliver the updated qualifications, skill sets and units, from the date of publication. For more information, visit the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) website.

A Companion Volume Implementation Guide and a User Guide: Veterinary Nursing have also been produced to help training providers implement the new and revised qualifications, skill sets and units. These can be downloaded from VETNet.com.