ANIMAL HEALTH CARE AND MANAGEMENT NC III TESDA Course

Animal Health Care and Management National Certificate III (TESDA Course)

The ANIMAL HEALTH CARE AND MANAGEMENT NC III Qualification consists of competencies that a person must achieve in providing livestock health care in both backyard and commercial livestock farms under the supervision of a veterinarian.

This Qualification is packaged from the competency map of the Agri-Fishery Sector.

A person who has achieved this Qualification is competent to be:

  • Livestock Health Technician

ANIMAL HEALTH CARE AND MANAGEMENT NC III QUALIFICATION

Course Title: ANIMAL HEALTH CARE AND MANAGEMENT
Level: NC III
Nominal Training Duration : 208 Hours

The ANIMAL HEALTH CARE AND MANAGEMENT NC III Qualification consists of competencies that a person must achieve in providing LIVESTOCK HEALTH CARE in both backyard and commercial livestock farms under the supervision of a veterinarian. It covers the basic, common and core competencies.

TRAINEE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Trainees or students wishing to gain entry into this course should possess the following requirements:

  • Ability to communicate, both oral and written;
  • Have attended training on Animal Production NC II or have had equivalent experience or have been certified in the Units of Competency Raise Swine (AGR621303) and Raise Large Ruminants ( AGR621304)
  • Physically fit and mentally healthy as certified by a Public Health Officer

COMPETENCY STANDARDS IN ANIMAL HEALTH CARE AND MANAGEMENT NC III

This units of competency comprising this qualification include the following:

UNIT CODE CORE COMPETENCIES (176 Hours)
AGR321301 Restrain and handle animal
AGR321302 Apply bio-security measures
AGR321303 Administer drugs and biologics
AGR321304 Handle and store drugs and biologics
AGR321305 Collect and handle specimen
UNIT CODE COMMON COMPETENCIES (48 Hours)
AGR321201 Apply safety measures in farm operations
AGR321202 Use farm tools and equipment
AGR321203 Perform estimation and calculations
UNIT CODE BASIC COMPETENCIES (18 Hours)
500311109 Lead workplace communication
500311110 Lead small teams
500311111 Develop and practice negotiation skills
500311112 Solve problems related to work activities
500311113 Use mathematical concepts and techniques
500311114 Use relevant technologies

CORE COMPETENCIES (176 Hours)

Core competency units in ANIMAL HEALTH CARE AND MANAGEMENT NC III

RESTRAIN AND HANDLE LIVESTOCK (AGR321301) – This unit covers the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to restrain and handle livestock according to industry standards and animal welfare. It includes selection of animals and evaluation of animal conditions, and selection and application of appropriate handling and restraining technique.

  1. Select animal and observe its condition
    • The candidate livestock is identified and selected according to instructions and specifications from supervisor or veterinarian
    • The stage of production of identified animal is determined based on observation and records
    • The prevailing condition is observed and reported in terms of animal grouping
  2. Apply appropriate handling and restraining technique
    • Animal is handled following standard operating procedures to minimize animal stress
    • Restraining technique is selected based on the degree of restraint needed
    • Tools and equipment and supplies and materials are prepared according to restraining technique to be applied
    • The chosen technique is executed in accordance with animal welfare act

APPLY BIO-SECURITY MEASURES (AGR321302) – This unit covers the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to apply bio-security measures in livestock farm operations. It includes identifying bio-security threats and hazards, applying disease prevention practices, applying prevention practices in disease transmission and maintaining records.

  1. Identify bio-security threats and hazards
    • Immediate threats to the health of the animal are identified and reported based on observation
    • Bio-security threats are identified based on established organizational policy
  2. Apply disease prevention practices
    • Preparation of supplies and materials and application of disinfectants are done according to standard operating procedures
    • Vehicle vats and foot vats are prepared and monitored regularly according to standard operating practice
    • Hygiene and sanitation of farm, farm personnel and visitors are followed based on standard operating practice
    • All types of vehicles and equipment entering the farm are disinfected according to standard operating procedures
    • New stocks to be introduced into the herd are quarantined and vaccinated according to standard operating procedures
    • Vaccination programs and health programs are implemented as designed by veterinarian
  3. Apply preventive disease transmission practices
    • Preventive measures on notifiable diseases as declared by BAI are followed based on industry and BAI standard
    • Medication and vaccination programs are followed strictly as recommended by manufacturers and veterinarian
    • Hygiene and sanitation of farm, farm personnel and visitors are followed based on standard operating practice
    • Sick and unfit stocks are culled or isolated in accordance to animal welfare act or standard operating procedure
    • Dead stocks and by-products are disposed using proper disposal method
    • Communication with supervising veterinarian are done regularly or as the need arise based on observation
  4. Maintain records
    • Appropriate records are kept, collated and updated regularly in accordance with organizational policy
    • Reporting to veterinarian or supervisor are carried out properly based on records

ADMINISTER DRUGS AND BIOLOGICS (AGR321303) – This unit covers the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to administer drugs and biologics in livestock farms. It includes preparation of supplies, materials, tools and equipment, preparation of animal, application of drugs and biologics, and monitoring and recording animal response to drugs and biologics. It requires more supervision from veterinarian.

  1. Prepare appropriate supplies, materials, tools and equipment
    • Availability of necessary supplies and materials are checked and prepared according to standard operating procedure
    • Supplies and materials are transported to the pig house/pen using approved transport tools and equipment
    • Availability of appropriate tools and equipment are checked and prepared according to standard operating procedure
    • Tools and equipment are transported to the animal house/pen using approved transport tools and equipment
  2. Prepare animals
    • Animals are prepared according to standard organizational procedures or based on animal health status
    • Animals are restrained/handled using appropriate restraining technique in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Animal Welfare Act
  3. Apply drugs and biologics
    • Drugs and biologics are checked based on the manufacturer’s or veterinarian’s recommendations
    • Necessary precautions when administering drugs and biologics are checked according to manufacturer’s or veterinarian’s recommendations
    • The body weight of the animal is estimated (if the quantity to drug to be administered is based on weight)
    • The route of administration is determined based on manufacturer’s recommendation
    • The drugs and biologics are administered to animals according to standard operating procedures
    • Used supplies and materials are disposed as need following appropriate disposal method
    • Reusable supplies and materials are cleaned, disinfected and stored following standard operating procedures
  4. Monitor and record response to drugs and biologics
    • The name of drugs/biologics and dosage administered to the pigs are recorded on the animals’ respective record card
    • Reactions/responses of the animal to the medication are checked at least twice a day. Observations are recorded
  5. Record Data
    • Biologics and drug inventories are updated
    • Medication and vaccination programs are monitored

HANDLE AND STORE DRUGS AND BIOLOGICS (AGR321304) – This unit covers the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to handle and store drugs and biologics. It includes preparation and transport of drugs and biologics using appropriate container, disposal of used bottles, storage of unused drugs and biologics and keeping of records.

  1. Service hydraulic pump
  2. Service Hydraulic Distributor
  3. Service Hydraulic Lift Arms
  4. Service Hydraulic pressure lines, blocks and reservoir
    • Complete work processes

DIAGNOSE AND REPAIR TRANSMISSION SYSTEM OF 4-WHEEL TRACTOR (AFF723307) – This unit covers knowledge, skills and attitude to service clutch system, service drive train system and conduct transmission system tests of 4-wheel tractor.

  1. Prepare and transport drugs and biologics
    • Drugs and biologics are checked for expiration dates, and the contents for any signs of damage
    • Drugs and biologics are transported or carried to and from the farm building using specified container/equipment and materials
  2. Dispose used bottles and biologics
    • Used bottles are disposed of properly using approved disposal methods or standard operating procedures
    • Expired and damaged drugs and biologics are reported and disposed following standard operating procedures
  3. Store unused drugs and biologics
    • Unused drugs and biologics are kept and stored in their proper places based on standard operating practice
    • Unused drugs and biologics are kept and stored following the specific storage temperature requirements as stated in the label
    • Portions of unused drugs and biologics are labeled and sealed based on standard operating procedures
    • Unused drugs and biologics are properly stored using first – in – first – out (FIFO) system
  4. Maintain records and provide feedback
    • Records are kept and updated according to organization standard
      • Reporting to supervisor or veterinarian is carried out based on records

COLLECT AND HANDLE SPECIMEN (AGR321305) – This unit covers the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to collect and handle specimen. It includes preparation of supplies and materials, selection and execution of appropriate restraining technique, collection and transport of specimen under the supervision of veterinarian.

  1. Prepare supplies, materials, tools and equipment
    • Supplies and materials needed for specimen collection and transport are prepared
    • Materials to be used are sterilized and cleaned according to standard operating procedure
    • Tools and equipment needed to restrain animals are prepared based on the restraining technique to be used
  2. Prepare animal
    • The appropriate restraining technique is selected based on the degree of restraint needed
    • The chosen technique is executed in accordance to the conditions of the animal welfare act
  3. Collect and transport specimen
    • The specimen is collected under the supervision of veterinarian
    • Appropriate specimen volume is collected based on standard operating practice
    • Collected specimen is placed in appropriate container with cap or proper closure and properly labeled according to specimen collected
    • Required temperature of collected sample is maintained in accordance to standard operating procedure
    • Specimen is transported to the diagnostic laboratory following standard operating practice

COMMON COMPETENCIES (14 Hours)

APPLY SAFETY MEASURES IN FARM OPERATIONS (AGR321201) – This unit covers the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to perform safety measures effectively and efficiently. It includes identifying areas, tools, materials, time and place in performing safety measures.

  1. Determine areas of concern for safety measures
    • Work tasks are identified in line with farm operations
    • Place for safety measures are determined in line with farm operations
    • Time for safety measures are determined in line with farm operations
    • Appropriate tools, materials and outfits are prepared in line with job requirements
  2. Apply appropriate safety measures
    • Tools and materials are used according to specifications and procedures
    • Outfits are worn according to farm requirements
    • Effectivity/shelf life/expiration of materials are strictly observed
    • Emergency procedures are known and followed to ensure a safe work requirement
    • Hazards in the workplace are identified and reported in line with farm guidelines
  3. Safekeep/ dispose of tools, materials and outfit
    • Used tools and outfit are cleaned after use and stored in designated areas
    • Unused materials are properly labeled and stored according to manufacturers recommendation and farm requirements
    • Waste materials are disposed according to manufacturers, government and farm requirements

USE AND MAINTAIN FARM SERVICING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT (AGR321202) – This unit covers the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to use and maintain servicing tools. It includes selection, operation and preventive maintenance of farm tools and equipment.

  1. Select and use servicing tools
    • Appropriate farm tools are identified according to requirement/use
    • Farm tools are checked for faults and defective tools reported in accordance with farm procedures
    • Appropriate tools and equipment are safely used according to job requirements and manufacturers conditions
  2. Select and operate testing equipment and accessories
    • Appropriate farm equipment are identified according to requirement/use
    • Instructional manual of the farm tools and equipment are carefully read prior to operation
    • Pre-operation check-up is conducted in line with manufacturers manual
    • Faults in farm equipment are identified and reported in line with farm procedures
    • Farm equipment is used according to its function
    • Safety procedures are followed according to standard operating procedures
  3. Perform preventive maintenance
    • Tools and equipment are cleaned immediately after use in line with farm procedures
    • Routine check-up and maintenance are performed
    • Tools and equipment are stored in designated areas in line with farm procedures

PERFORM ESTIMATION AND BASIC CALCULATION (AGR321203) – This unit covers the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to perform basic workplace calculations.

  1. Perform estimation
    • Job requirements are identified from written or oral communications
    • Quantities of materials and resources required to complete a work task are estimated
    • The time needed to complete a work activity is estimated
    • Accurate estimate for work completion are made
    • Estimate of materials and resources are reported to appropriate person
  2. Perform basic workplace calculation
    • Calculations to be made are identified according to job requirements
    • Correct method of calculation identified
    • System and units of measurement to be followed are ascertained
    • Calculation needed to complete work tasks are performed using the four basic process of addition, division, multiplication and subtraction
    • Calculate whole fraction, percentage and mixed when are used to complete the instructions
    • Number computed in self checked and completed for alignment

BASIC COMPETENCIES (18 Hours)

LEAD WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION (500311109) – This unit covers the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to lead in the dissemination and discussion of ideas, information and issues in the workplace.

  1. Communicate information about workplace processes
    • Appropriate communication method is selected
    • Multiple operations involving several topics areas are communicated accordingly
    • Questions are used to gain extra information
    • Correct sources of information are identified
    • Information is selected and organized correctly
    • Verbal and written reporting is undertaken when required
    • Communication skills are maintained in all situations
  2. Lead workplace discussions
    • Response to workplace issues are sought
    • Response to workplace issues are provided immediately
    • Constructive contributions are made to workplace discussions on such issues as production, quality and safety
    • Goals/objectives and action plan undertaken in the workplace are communicated
  3. Identify and communicate issues arising in the workplace
    • Issues and problems are identified as they arise
    • Information regarding problems and issues are organized coherently to ensure clear and effective communication
    • Dialogue is initiated with appropriate personnel
    • Communication problems and issues are raised as they arise

LEAD SMALL TEAMS (500311110) – This unit covers the skills, knowledge and attitudes to lead small teams including setting, maintaining and monitoring team and individual performance standards.

  1. Provide team leadership
    • Work requirements are identified and presented to team members
    • Reasons for instructions and requirements are communicated to team members
    • Team members’ queries and concerns are recognized, discussed and dealt with
  2. Assign responsibilities
    • Duties, and responsibilities are allocated having regard to the skills, knowledge and aptitude required to properly undertake the assigned task and according to company policy
    • Duties are allocated having regard to individual preference, domestic and personal considerations, whenever possible
  3. Set performance expectations for team members
    • Performance expectations are established based on client needs and according to assignment requirements
    • Performance expectations are based on individual team members duties and area of responsibility
    • Performance expectations are discussed and disseminated to individual team members
  4. Supervise team performance
    • Monitoring of performance takes place against defined performance criteria and/or assignment instructions and corrective action taken if required
    • Team members are provided with feedback, positive support and advice on strategies to overcome any deficiencies
    • Performance issues which cannot be rectified or addressed within the team are referenced to appropriate personnel according to employer policy
    • Team members are kept informed of any changes in the priority allocated to assignments or tasks which might impact on client/customer needs and satisfaction
    • Team operations are monitored to ensure that employer/client needs and requirements are met
    • Follow-up communication is provided on all issues affecting the team
    • All relevant documentation is completed in accordance with company procedures

DEVELOP AND PRACTICE NEGOTIATION SKILLS (500311111) – This unit covers the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to collect information in order to negotiate to a desired outcome and participate in the negotiation.

  1. Plan negotiations
    • Information on preparing for negotiation is identified and included in the plan
    • Information on creating non verbal environments for positive negotiating is identified and included in the plan
    • Information on active listening is identified and included in the plan
    • Information on different questioning techniques is identified and included in the plan
    • Information is checked to ensure it is correct and up-to- date
  2. Participate in negotiations
    • Criteria for successful outcome are agreed upon by all parties
    • Desired outcome of all parties are considered
    • Appropriate language is used throughout the negotiation
    • A variety of questioning techniques are used
    • The issues and processes are documented and agreed upon by all parties
    • Possible solutions are discussed and their viability assessed
    • Areas for agreement are confirmed and recorded
    • Follow-up action is agreed upon by all parties

SOLVE PROBLEMS RELATED TO WORK ACTIVITIES (500311112) – This unit of covers the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to solve problems in the workplace including the application of problem solving techniques and to determine and resolve the root cause of problems.

  1. Identify the problem
    • Variances are identified from normal operating parameters; and product quality
    • Extent, cause and nature are of the problem are defined through observation, investigation and analytical techniques
    • Problems are clearly stated and specified
  2. Determine fundamental causes of the problem
    • Possible causes are identified based on experience and the use of problem solving tools / analytical techniques.
    • Possible cause statements are developed based on findings
    • Fundamental causes are identified per results of investigation conducted
  3. Determine corrective action
    • All possible options are considered for resolution of the problem
    • Strengths and weaknesses of possible options are considered
    • Corrective actions are determined to resolve the problem and possible future causes
    • Action plans are developed identifying measurable objectives, resource needs and timelines in accordance with safety and operating procedures
  4. Provide recommendation/s to manager
    • Report on recommendations are prepared
    • Recommendations are presented to appropriate personnel.
    • Recommendations are followed-up, if required

USE MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS AND TECHNIQUES (500311113) – This unit covers the knowledge, skills and attitudes required in the application of mathematical concepts and techniques.

  1. Identify mathematical tools and techniques to solve problem
    • Problem areas are identified based on given condition
    • Mathematical techniques are selected based on the given problem
  2. Apply mathematical procedure/solution
    • Mathematical techniques are applied based on the problem identified
    • Mathematical computations are performed to the level of accuracy required for the problem
    • Results of mathematical computation is determined and verified based on job requirements
  3. Analyze results
    • Result of application is reviewed based on expected and required specifications and outcome
    • Appropriate action is applied in case of error

USE RELEVANT TECHNOLOGIES (500311114) – This unit of competency covers the knowledge, skills, and attitude required in selecting, sourcing and applying appropriate and affordable technologies in the workplace.

  1. Study/select appropriate technology
    • Usage of different technologies is determined based on job requirements
    • Appropriate technology is selected as per work specification
  2. Apply relevant technology
    • Relevant technology is effectively used in carrying out function
    • Applicable software and hardware are used as per task requirement
    • Management concepts are observed and practiced as per established industry practices
  3. Maintain/enhance relevant technology
    • Maintenance of technology is applied in accordance with the industry standard operating procedure, manufacturer’s operating guidelines and occupational health and safety procedure to ensure its operative ability
    • Updating of technology is maintained through continuing education or training in accordance with job requirement
    • Technology failure/ defect is immediately reported to the concern/responsible person or section for appropriate action

ASSESSMENT AND CERTIFICATION ARRANGEMENT

To attain the National Qualification of Animal Health Care and Management NC III, the candidate must demonstrate competence in all the units listed in Section 1. Successful candidates shall be awarded a National Certificate signed by the TESDA Director General.

The qualification of Animal Health Care and Management NC III may have specialization in either hog/pig/swine or cattle/ox.

The qualification Animal Health Care and Management NC III (Hog/Pig/Swine) may be attained through accumulation of COCs in the following areas. The possession of COC in the Unit of Competency – Raise Swine (Unit Code AGR621303) is a prerequisite for taking the assessment in these areas:

  1. Administer drugs and biologics
    • Restrain and handle animals
    • Administer drugs and biologics
  2. Apply bio-security measures
    • Restrain and handle animals
    • Apply bio-security measures
  3. Collect and handle specimen
    • Restrain and handle animals
    • Collect and handle specimen
  4. Handle and store drugs and biologics

LIST OF TOOLS, EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS

Recommended list of tools, equipment and materials for the training of Animal Health Care and Management NC III

TOOLS EQUIPMENT MATERIALS
Driving board Castration table Sacks/Hood
Snoozer Medication tray Vial
Rope Cart Test tube
Pig wire Boots Needles
Allis tissue forceps Disposable suit Syringe (10 ml. 20ml)
Scalpel with blade Sprayer (portable, power sprayer) Mineral oil (bottle)
Torch Container equipment Cap (cotton, cork, rubber stopper)
Cool box Refrigerant
Styropor box Resealable plastic bag
Refrigerator Ice packs
Covered box Glass slide
Vacutainer
Paints
Rust remover
Chemical disinfectants
Drugs, biologics

DEFINITION OF TERMS

  • Anaphylactic Shock – manifested by the acute inflammation of an immunized animal when injected. The peculiar characters of these reactions are dependent upon the site of entry of the irritating agent, which is the vascular system in one instance and tissue spaces in the other.
  • Calf – a newly born male or female cattle or buffalo
  • Culling – is the removal of undesirable or inferior animals in the herd based on important economic traits and overall performance
  • Gestation period – refers to the period of carrying the young in the womb
  • Farrowing – refers to the period of giving birth in pigs or swine
  • Dry animal – a sow or cow whose liter has been weaned but which has not yet been bred or is not pregnant
  • Heifer – a young female cattle or buffalo
  • Vaccination – a preventive measure to inoculate an animal with a mildly toxic preparation of bacteria or a virus of specific disease to prevent or to lessen the effects of the disease
  • Weanling – refers to a young animal of either sex which has been separated from the mother at the end of the lactation period
  • Livestock – domestic animals kept for use on a farm and raised for sale and profit
  • Selection – refers to the process of choosing males and females with desirable characteristics for replacement stocks
  • Biologics – agents, such as vaccines, that give immunity to diseases or harmful biotic stresses
  • Drug – a substance used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a disease or as a component of a medication
  • Specimen – a sample, as of tissue, blood, or urine, used for analysis and diagnosis
  • Bio-security – security from transmission of infectious diseases, parasites and pests. Biosecurity threats come from the possible introduction of a disease into a herd or flock, which is not known to have the disease. The introduction of disease usually will be of non-intentional nature
  • Subcutaneous – below or under the skin

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

  • BAI – Bureau of Animal Industry
  • NMIS – National Meat Inspection Service
  • PAHC – Philippine Animal Health Center
  • AO – Administrative Order
  • SOP – Standard Operating Procedure
  • DENR – Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • IFAT – Immunoflourescent Antibody Test
  • RPL – Recognition of Prior Learning
  • UTPRAS– United TVET Program Registration and Accreditation System
  • TVET – Technical Vocational Education and Training
  • DTS – Dual Training System
  • TQ – Trainer Qualification
  • TM – Training Methodology
  • COC – Certificate of Competency
  • NC – National Certificate
  • PTQCS– Philippine TVET Qualification and Certification System

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  1. Saan Po pwede magtraining Sir interested Po ko change category Po ko dairy manlang sana o ganito ng trabaho Po para makipag abroad salamat

  2. Saan po pwedeng magtraining?

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    saan po kaya puwede mag training. I am very much interested. I hope to hear from you po. Maraming salamat po.

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    saan po pwede mag tranining for abroad po?? at kailanpo pwede pumunta?? thank you po sa reply.☺️❤️

    1. List of TESDA accredited schools that offer Animal Health Care and Management NC III Course

      Anao Skills Training Livelihood Center, Inc.
      Anao, Cabagan, Isabela

      Cagayan State University – Piat Campus
      Bauang, Piat Cagayan

      Isabela State University (Cabagan Campus)
      Garita, Cabagan, Isabela

      South Cotabato State College
      Brgy. Dajay, Surallah, So. Cotabato

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        Wala po bang malapit dito sa la union?

        1. This course is offered only in Isabela, Cagayan and Cotabato City

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