The programme is made up of the following local papers:
ACS1.1 - Cat identification and health (Level 2) 5 credits
This unit consists of two assignments. One assignment is about the identification of cats, the signs of health and behaviour, zoonoses, feeding of cats and safe handling techniques. The other assignment consists of a visit to a cattery and researching the requirements for the care of a cat in a cattery.
ACS1.2 - Dog identification and health (Level 2) 5 credits
This unit consists of two assignments. One is about the identification of dogs, the signs of health and behaviour zoonoses, feeding of dogs and safe handling techniques. The other assignment consists of a visit to a boarding kennel and researching the requirements for the care of a dog in a boarding kennel.
Both the dog and cat units require students to find a kennel/cattery and view these, then write a report on these facilities based on the requirements of the boarding code.
ACS1.3 Ornamental fish identification and health (Level 2) 2 credits
This unit consists of two assignments. One is about the identification of ornamental fish and their care, including aquarium requirements for keeping fish. The second assignment is about signs of health, behaviour, handling and transportation of fish.
ACS1.4 - Horse identification and health (Level 2) 5 credits
The horse unit has six assignments, consisting of various horse breeds, methods of identifying individual horses, zoonoses, signs of health, safe handling techniques and ideal housing requirements. The housing requirements are covered in two assignments. In one, students have to design an ideal stable and describe why this is ideal. The other relates to viewing a horse in a paddock and commenting on its suitability for the horse.
ACS1.5 - Poultry identification and health (Level 2) 4 credits
This unit has two assignments. These assignments cover the following topics - identification of poultry breeds and species, safe handling, storage of feed, nutrition, housing requirements, waste disposal and signs of health and diseases.
ACS1.6 – Reptile and amphibian identification and health (Level 2) 2 credits
This unit has three assignments which cover the following topics – identification of reptile and amphibian species, safe handling, nutrition, signs of health and diseases, zoonoses and appropriate housing.
ACS1.7 – Rodent and rabbit identification and health (Level 2) 4 credits
The rabbit and rodent unit has three assignments. These cover identification of breeds and species, safe handling, nutrition, signs of health, behaviour, zoonoses and housing requirements.
ACS1.8 Ruminant identification and health (Level 2) 5 credits
This unit has four assignments which cover - identifying breeds and species, identifying individual animals from each other, safe handling methods, nutrition and feed storage, signs of health, behaviour, paddock design and maintenance.
ACS1.9 Demonstrate knowledge of zoonoses and their control (Level 2) 3 credits
This unit has one assignment. The second part of this unit takes place as a discussion on Blackboard, discussing zoonotic questions. The unit covers identification of zoonotic diseases, lifecycles, control measures, prevention, exotic diseases and legislation.
ACS1.10 Understanding anatomy and physiology of animals (Level 2) 10 credits
This unit has 15 assignments, which are all on different anatomy subjects. These include: the cell, diffusion, Tissues, Special Senses, Integumentary, Bones, circulatory system, respiratory system, lymphatic, digestion, reproduction, kidney, endocrine, homeostasis and the nervous system. These are mainly multi-choice, word match and naming diagram type questions.
ACS1.11 Demonstrate knowledge of ethical behaviour in relation to animals (Level 2) 3 credits
This unit consists of two assignments which cover the Animal Welfare Act and how it relates to animal care and handling. One of the assignments requires students to research an animal related facility and to record the relevant codes and guidelines they must follow in relation to the animals in their care, and how they follow these in practice.