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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Thank you to all those who provided feedback on the draft qualifications, skill set and units of competency that make up the Animal Technology Project. The drafts were made available on this webpage for broad stakeholder review from 24 January – 4 March 2019.

They have been revised and developed to reflect current industry practices, regulatory requirements and codes of practice, and to support quality training and ethical conduct for people whose work involves the use of animals for scientific practice.

Final drafts incorporating the current round of feedback will be available for industry validation in April 2019.

Summary of consultation to date

Feedback on the draft documents was collected via the online feedback hub, face-to-face consultation workshops and webinars. To view the draft documents, including comments that were made on them from people using the feedback hub, please click on the expandable document menus below.

Consultation with industry stakeholders who have broad experience and knowledge of Animal Technology occurred during the latter part of 2018. This has informed the development of new and revised draft units of competency, qualifications and a skill set that identify skills required for individuals undertaking these roles.

 

Qualification Code & Title Proposed Changes Link to Qualification
ACM302X9 Certificate III in Animal Technology This qualification will supersede ACM30217 Certificate III in Animal Technology.

Changes have been made to packaging rules. Some core units have been removed or moved to electives. (18 units of competency proposed to be 12 or 16 TBD / 12 core units proposed to be 8 core units / 6 electives proposed to be 4 or 8 electives TBD).

ACMWHS201 replaced with ACMWHS301.

Imported unit codes have also been updated.

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ACM501X9 Diploma of Animal Technology This qualification will supersede ACM50117 Diploma of Animal Technology.

Changes have been made to core and elective units to better reflect activities, responsibilities and AQF level. Imported unit codes have been updated and packaging rules have changed (23 units of competency proposed to be 20 / 15 core units proposed to be 14 core units / 8 electives proposed to be 6 electives).

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ACMSS0000X Animal Technician Ethics Committee Skill Set View skill set

Unit Code & Title Proposed changes Link to Unit
ACMATE301 Work within an animal technology facility

 

Minor changes to performance criteria and knowledge evidence have been made to improve clarity. New element 4 on euthanasia; revised element 5 to address compassion fatigue. Revised performance evidence to reduce duplication with performance criteria. View unit
ACMATE3X8 Follow containment and exclusion procedures in animal facilities Previously ACMATE302 Carry out institution containment and exclusion procedures.

Changes have been made throughout the unit for clarity and to reflect level of tasks and responsibility. Code and title have been updated. Element 5 has been removed.

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ACMATE4X1 Prepare for and monitor anaesthesia in animals Previously ACMATE303 Prepare for and monitor anaesthesia in animals.

Code has been changed to reflect indicative AQF level. Minor changes to performance criteria and knowledge evidence have been made to improve clarity. Performance evidence has been revised to reduce duplication with performance criteria.

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ACMATE4X2 Conduct euthanasia of research animals Previously ACMATE305 Conduct euthanasia of research animals.

Unit has been recoded to better reflect the level of activity and responsibility. Minor changes have been made to performance criteria and knowledge evidence for clarity. PC1.6 has been removed. Performance evidence has been revised to reduce duplication with performance criteria.

 

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ACMATE501 Manage compliance in animal technology Changes have been made to performance criteria and assessment requirements to clarify intent of unit. Element 4 has been revised and the original element 3 has been deleted.

 

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ACMATE502 Manage and maintain the health of research animals Minor changes to performance criteria and assessment requirements have been made to improve clarity.

 

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ACMATE503 Carry out post-mortem examination of a research animal Minor changes to performance criteria and knowledge evidence have been made to improve clarity. Performance evidence has been revised to reduce duplication with performance criteria.

 

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ACMATE504 Administer anaesthesia and perform surgery on animals for scientific purposes Minor changes to performance criteria and knowledge evidence have been made to improve clarity. Performance evidence has been revised to reduce duplication with performance criteria. View unit
ACMATE505 Carry out advanced breeding procedures Minor changes to performance criteria and knowledge evidence have been made to improve clarity. Performance evidence has been revised to reduce duplication with performance criteria. View unit
ACMATE506 Assist to collect and transfer embryos of mice Minor changes to performance criteria, foundation skills and knowledge evidence for greater clarity. View unit
ACMATE5X7 Perform caesarean rederiviation of mice or rats Previously ACMATE507 Manage the parturition of transgenic mice or rats Title of unit changed to reflect intent of unit. Minor changes to performance criteria for clarity. View unit
ACMATE5X8 Monitor and maintain containment and exclusion procedures in animal technology facilities Previously ACMATE302 Carry out institution containment and exclusion procedures.

The code and title have been changed. There are changes throughout the unit to improve clarity and to reflect higher level of tasks and responsibility than updated ACMATE3X8. Performance evidence has been revised to reduce duplication with performance criteria.

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ACMATE5X9 Conduct non-surgical procedures on animals Previously ACMATE304 Conduct non-surgical procedures on animals.

Code changes have been made to reflect level of tasks and responsibilities. Minor changes to performance criteria and knowledge evidence have been made to improve clarity. New PC1.5 & 2.2 and merged PC4.3 & 4.4. Performance evidence has been revised to reduce duplication with performance criteria.

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ACMATE4X3 Assist researchers with aseptic animal surgery View unit
ACMATE5X1 Assist with review of ethics in an animal research proposal View unit
ACMATE5X2 Monitor and contribute to ethical treatment of animals in research facilities View unit

 

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