Approved activities

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Activity
Category
Objectives
Approved by
  1. Very low impact activities involving animals.
O2, O4
Teacher
      • Observation of animal behaviour
1
      • Observation of pets under the owner’s control.
1
      • Excursions to observe animals in their natural surroundings or to zoos and other registered wildlife parks.
1
      • Excursions to farms for observation of animal behaviour and husbandry activities appropriate to the age, prior experience and maturity of the students.
1
  1. Low impact activities involving animals provided appropriate instruction is given prior to undertaking the activity and there is appropriate control by a responsible person or the owner of the animal.
O1, O4
Teacher
      • Observation of particular animal behaviours e.g. oestrus, parturition.
2
      • Incursions involving outside agencies that have animals as part of their exhibits.
2
      • Animal welfare organisations bringing animals to school (such as Responsible Pet Ownership programs, RSPCA and WIRES).
2
      • Collecting and observing frog spawn and tadpoles (see special conditions in Species-specific notes).
2
      • The appropriate care of classroom pets, including native animals.*
2
  1. Activities involving animals that require specific knowledge and skills about the relevant species and there is increased risk of stress to the animal.
O1, O4
AWLO
      • Mustering, drafting (in crush or head bail), capture, restraint and handling of non-free-living domesticated animals (leading or riding an appropriately trained animal).
3
      • Breeding of appropriate animals in the school (not native animals).
3
  1. Non-invasive measurement of:
    1. body weight
2
O1, O3
Teacher
    1. body condition
        • visual assessment
2
O1, O3
Teacher
        • condition scoring
2
O1, O3
Teacher
        • ultrasound
2
O1, O3
Teacher
    1. growth
2
O1, O3
Teacher
    1. body proportions
2
O1, O3
Teacher
    1. pulse or blood flow
2
O1, O3
Teacher
    1. respiration
2
O1, O3
Teacher
    1. skin temperature (non-invasive)
2
O1, O3
Teacher
    1. age by dentition
2
O1, O3
Teacher
    1. scrotum and testicles (palpation)
2
O1, O3
Teacher
  1. Measurement of mild dietary effects (provided the normal nutritional needs for the life stage of the animals are met):
    1. high/normal protein
3
O1, O3
AWLO
    1. high/normal energy
2
O1, O3
AWLO
    1. high/normal fat
2
O1, O3
AWLO
    1. palatability
2
O1, O3
AWLO
  1. Behaviour activities:
    1. familiarisation
2
O1, O4
Teacher
    1. taming/gentling
3
O1, O4
AWLO
    1. training for competition or showing
3
O1, O4
AWLO
    1. tethering/tying up animals (only for restraint at shows)
3
O1, O4
AWLO
    1. riding horses
3
O1, O4
AWLO
  1. Collection of samples# from livestock:
    1. wool/hair
2
O3
Teacher
    1. milk
2
O3
Teacher
    1. faeces & urine (non-invasive)
2
O3
Teacher
    1. faeces (invasive)
3
O3
AWLO
    1. blood
5
O3
SACEC
    1. measurement of body temperature (invasive)
3
O3
AWLO
  1. Standard husbandry activities:
    1. administering treatments
        • water
2
O3
Teacher
        • topical
          • – udder
2
O1, O3, O4
Teacher
          • – backline
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
          • – spray
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
          • – dip
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
          • – jetting
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
        • oral
          • – drench
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
          • – capsules
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
        • injection
          • – subcutaneous
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
          • – intramuscular
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
          • – intramammary
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
        • implant
          • – vaginal
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
          • – subcutaneous
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. coat care and grooming
2
O1, O3, O4
Teacher
    1. coat clipping
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. ear marking/tagging of livestock
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. tattoo application
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. hoof paring: sheep & goats & alpacas
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. hoof trimming: cattle & horses
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. shearing of sheep & goats
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. shearing of alpacas and llamas
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
    1. dagging
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. crutching
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. milking
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. putting nose clips on cattle
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. nose ringing
5
O1, O3, O4
SECEC
    1. loading and unloading animals onto transporters
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. showing animals at school and away
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. foot bathing
2
O1, O3, O4
Teacher
    1. fire branding horns of stud sheep
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. fire branding of cattle
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
    1. freeze branding of cattle
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
    1. using sire harness
2
O1, O3, O4
Teacher
    1. castration of immature livestock ‡
        • lambs
          • – elastrator
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
          • – knife
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
          • – emasculator
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
        • calves
          • – elastrator
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
          • – knife
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
          • – emasculator
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
        • kids
          • – elastrator
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
          • – knife
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
          • – emasculator
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
    1. tail docking of lambs
        • elstrator
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
        • knife
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
        • gas detailer
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
    1. tail docking piglets using a knife
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
    1. tooth trimming/removal in piglets
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
    1. tail tagging
2
O1, O3, O4
Teacher
    1. artificial insemination
5
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
    1. semen collection
5
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
    1. pregnancy detection
        • external ultrasound (sheep, cattle, goats)
2
O1, O3, O4
Teacher
        • rectal (manual) (cattle)
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
        • rectal ultrasound (sheep, cattle, goats)
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
    1. microchipping of cattle
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. horn tipping
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. dehorning cattle under 6 months of age ‡
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
    1. detusking boars
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
    1. disbudding calves and kids ‡
4
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
    1. mulesing young sheep ‡
5
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
    1. slaughter/euthanasia of stock
5
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
    1. sedation of fish
5
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
    1. tagging of fish
5
O1, O3, O4
SACEC
    1. bandaging of horse legs
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. wing trimming – poultry
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. leg banding – poultry
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO
    1. spur trimming – poultry
3
O1, O3, O4
AWLO