This qualification is a general industry qualification for persons operating at pre-trade level and undertaking animal care functions in a captive animal facility or institution. It is highly recommended that whilst undertaking this qualification, the learner should have access to a captive animal workplace through either paid employment or substantial periods of work placement or work experience blocks. This field also covers: Trainee keeper; Pre-trade keeper; Assistant keeper; Animal care attendant; Wildlife animal carer. Ruby is an animal care attendant. She performs the following tasks on a day-to-day basis at her workplace: prepare food (including special diets) and deliver food and water to animals; clean and prepare comfortable sleeping quarters for animals; clear away animal waste; clean, disinfect and maintain animal enclosures and cages; and check locks bathe and groom animals, and treat them with insecticide to control insect pests; treat minor injuries and report serious health problems to veterinarians; and administer basic medications as directed by veterinarians. Her set of skills and knowledge are shown below.

ACMCAN301A Work within a captive animal facility

Ruby is capable of carrying out the process of working effectively within a captive animal facility, complying with legislative requirements and facility policy and procedures and identifying animals in the workplace. She can work effectively within a captive animal facility; comply with captive animal interaction policies and procedures; identify and handle animals humanely; and communicate effectively

ACMCAN302A Prepare and present information to the public

Ruby is capable of carrying out the process of preparing and presenting information to internal staff members and members of the public, and participating in other interpretative and learning functions/activities within an animal care facility. She can also assist in media presentations

ACMCAN303A Support collection management

Ruby is capable of carrying out the process of supporting collection management for captive animals. She can identify animal keeping information systems and software; identify, collect, record and interpret data; assist with collection management; interpret population management practices and principles

ACMCAN304A Prepare and maintain animal housing

Ruby is capable of carrying out the process of determining housing that meets the behavioural and physical requirements of a particular animal species and includes the preparation, cleaning and routine maintenance required to maintain the hygiene and appearance of an enclosure or exhibit

ACMCAN305A Assist with capturing, restraining and moving animals

Ruby is capable of carrying out the process of assisting with capture and restraint of animals that may need rescue and/or moving from one location to another

ACMCAN306A Monitor animal reproduction

Ruby is capable of carrying out the process of facilitating and monitoring reproduction needs in accordance with the institution's breeding plan (animals in the reproduction program may be either naturally or artificially reared). Ruby is able to prepare and assist with birth or hatching

ACMGAS301A Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing

Ruby is capable of carrying out the process of following animal health management practices to monitor animal health via daily observations of behaviour and condition. She has the ability to identify and report signs of ill health or injury in animals; and administer and record animal treatments

ACMGAS302A Provide enrichment for animals

Ruby is capable of carrying out the process of providing behavioural management and enrichment to stimulate, replenish and maintain appropriate behavioural patterns of animals. She can assist with managing undesirable animal behaviour

ACMGAS303A Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals

Ruby is capable of carrying out the process of calculating rations based on animal species needs and availability of feedstuffs. She can identify nutritional requirements of animals; evaluate food sources and calculate dietary requirements; prepare diets and provide food and water; and monitor feeding and watering practices

ACMOHS301A Contribute to occupational health and safety processes

Ruby is capable of carrying out the process required by an employee to contribute to occupational health and safety (OHS) processes where there is responsibility for her own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others. She can plan and conduct work safely; support others in working safely; contribute to OHS participative processes; contribute to hazard identification, OHS risk assessment and risk control activities; and participate in the control of OHS emergency situations

ACMSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Ruby is capable of carrying out the process required to measure current resource use effectively and to carry out improvements, including those that will reduce the negative environment impacts of work practices. She always complies with environmental regulations

ACMCAN307A Rehabilitate native wildlife

Ruby is capable of carrying out the process of providing immediate care for rescued native wildlife and rehabilitating animals. She can prepare animals for post rehabilitation life

ACMCAN308A Release native animals to natural environment

Ruby is capable of carrying out the process of investigating options for release of native animals; preparing and successfully releasing native wildlife into their natural environment

ACMCAN309A Develop institutional husbandry guidelines

Ruby is capable of carrying out the process of researching, consulting with others and writing institutional husbandry guidelines for a particular species. She regularly reviews and maintains husbandry guidelines

ACMCAN311A Care for young animals

Ruby is capable of carrying out the process of monitoring the general health and wellbeing of young animals that may be either rescued native wildlife or captive animals being naturally or artificially reared

ACMGAS306A Assist with conditioning animals

Ruby is capable of carrying out the process of conditioning animals in order to modify their behaviour through assisting with formulating and demonstrating a conditioning plan based on operant conditioning techniques. She is capable of developing a conditioning plan, condition a behaviour, and monitor and review a conditioning plan