Animal Technology Project

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The need to review animal technology qualifications and units was identified as a priority skill area in the 2018-2021 Animal Care and Management IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (see pages 41 – 42).

It followed feedback from the Australian and New Zealand Laboratory Animal Association (ANZLAA), the peak body for the Animal Technology industry, that the current training package components (qualifications and units) require review to ensure:

  • High standards of husbandry, health and care for animals used in research and teaching and;
  • High ethical conduct in research and teaching involving the use of animals.

 

Skills Impact and the Animal Care and Management IRC will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see pages 41 – 42)

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Project Scope

This project will review existing qualifications and units of competency for animal technology. They will be updated to reflect current industry practices, regulatory requirements and codes of practice, to support quality training and ethical conduct for people whose work involves the use of animals for scientific practice. The potential for new skills sets and units will be investigated as part of the review process.

Animal technology is a specialist profession responsible for the care and welfare of laboratory animals. It helps develop treatments for diseases, new methods of diagnosis and other benefits arising from scientific research methods.

Relevant Occupations
  • Animal technician
  • Laboratory animal technician
  • Technical officer
  • Field technician
Key deliverables

Review two existing animal technology qualifications and 12 existing units of competency to be included within the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package. The potential for new skills sets and units will be investigated as part of the review process.

Project Team

To contact the project team, please email any enquiries or feedback to AnimalTech@skillsimpact.com.au


Timeline

August 2018
Initial scoping

September – November 2018
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units

February 2019
Drafts available for broader consultation

March – April 2019
Validation of final drafts

May 2019
Finalisation of Training Package components

June 2019
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

May 2019
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

Stakeholder Consultation Process

A list of key stakeholder organisations is being developed for this project. Skills Impact will ensure contact is made with each of these organisations during the development of this project to seek their involvement and their views on the draft qualifications and units.

The documents will be drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and their networks. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback will occur in February 2019, and again for validation of final drafts which is expected in March 2019.

It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. The qualifications, skill sets and units need to reflect real work experience. So if you work in the sector, Skills Impact would appreciate your input and help.

Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised units, skill sets and qualifications.

The Animal Care and Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will oversee this project, as part of their responsibilities to support engagement with the sector, and to ensure projects meets industry stakeholder needs.

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Summary

Initial consultation with industry stakeholders has helped to define the skills requirements specific to job roles in the animal technology sector.  Relevant qualifications and units of competency will be revised to ensure they reflect current industry standards for training including:

New units of competency are proposed for development in the following areas:

  • Assist researchers with aseptic animal surgery
  • Assist with review of ethics in an animal research proposal
  • Monitor and contribute to ethical treatment of animals in research facilities

The following skill set is also proposed for development:

  • Animal research ethics committee skill set

Click the ‘Project Plan’ menu above for more information about the project scope, timeline and deliverables.

Consultation Workshops – Registrations Open

The documents will be drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and their networks. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback will occur in February 2019 when the drafts are made available for review and feedback. There is the option to provide feedback on the documents as part of a workshop or webinar during this time. Please feel free to register for a workshop near you or a webinar by clicking the corresponding link.

Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops

Mon 04 Feb 19, 1pm to 3pm – Hobart – register here

Mon 11 Feb 19, 1pm to 3pm – Brisbane – register here

Wed 13 Feb 19, 1pm to 3pm – Canberra – register here

Mon 18 Feb 19, 1pm to 3pm – Perth – register here

Wed 20 Feb 19, 1pm to 3pm – Adelaide – register here 

Mon 25 Feb 19, 10am to 12pm – Melbourne – register here 

Tues 26 Feb 19, 1.30pm to 3:30pm – Sydney – register here 

Consultation Webinar

Mon 25 Feb 19, 1:30pm to 3:30pm – Webinar – register here

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