Categories of activities

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Category* Risk to animals Educational justification Conditions which apply to students Conditions which apply to the teacher or demonstrator**
1
  • Very low impact
  • Discreet observation only
  • No contact with animal(s)
  • No disturbance to animal(s)
Provides positive experiences involving animals Any student may carry out these activities
  • Teacher discretion
  • Skills and knowledge appropriate to the activity
2
  • Low impact
  • Routine husbandry or animal care procedures
  • No invasive techniques used
  • Some disturbance to animal
Students are following a course or program in the school curriculum Background and level of maturity taken into account and suitable instructions given before activity Skills and knowledge appropriate to the activity
3
  • Moderate impact
  • Husbandry or animal care procedures requiring skill
  • Limited invasive techniques
  • Animal usually restrained
  • Techniques may cause some stress to animal
Justified by a BOSTES syllabus or Curriculum framework Students are given appropriate instructions and training Skills, knowledge and training appropriate to the activityAWLO needs to approve
4
  • High impact
  • Invasive techniques
  • Techniques may cause some pain and distress to animal
  • Justified by a BOSTES syllabus or Curriculum framework
  • Activity appropriate to meet syllabus outcome or competency
  • Students are given specialised instructions and training leading to competency
  • May be undertaken by students only if written approval from SACEC is obtained
Specialised training or expert competency
5
  • Highly specialised techniques
  • Techniques have a high risk of causing pain and distress to animal
  • Justified by a BOSTES syllabus or Curriculum framework
  • Activity appropriate to meet syllabus outcome or competency
  • Students are given specialised instructions and training leading to competency
  • May be undertaken by students only if written approval from SACEC is obtained
  • Accreditation by recognised authority or demonstrated equivalent competency
  • Teacher must gain written certification from the SACEC every 3 years in order to demonstrate activities in this category
*The greater the potential impact on the animal, the greater the educational justification and expertise required of teachers, farm assistants and students.

 **If a category 5 activity is to be demonstrated by a registered veterinarian or accredited technician then SACEC approval is not required.