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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Describe equine functional systems and their related physiology 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
265080  Describe equine functional systems and their related physiology 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Equine Management and Equestrian Instruction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Sport 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners credited with this Unit Standard will have an understanding of the cardio-vascular, urogenital, respiratory and basic lymphatic, endocrine and nervous system of equines.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the cardio-vascular system of the equine.
  • Explaining the urogenital system of the equine.
  • Explaining the respiratory system of the equine.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the basic lymphatic system of the equine.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the basic endocrine system of the equine.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the basic nervous system of the equine.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the common ailments of the functional systems. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Perform basic stable yard operations at NQF Level 1.
  • Behaviour and body structure at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range statements are included in the Assessment Criteria of this Unit Standard where applicable. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the cardio-vascular system of the equine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Parts of the cardio-vascular system are identified and labelled on a diagram. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The functions of each part of the cardio-vascular system are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The direction of the blood flow is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the urogenital system of the equine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Parts of the urinary system are identified on a diagram. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The functions of each part of the urogenetal system are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the respiratory system of the equine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Parts of the respiratory system are identified and labelled on a diagram. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Function of the respiratory system is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Roles of the respiratory system is explained in relation to performance. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the common ailments of the functional systems. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Common ailments includes but are not limited to filled legs, RAO, Cushings syndrome, radial nerve paralysis, ataxia, string halt and epistaxis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Common ailments and their symptoms for the equine and named and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Remedies for common ailments are named. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Where necessary referral action that may be required is named. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Understanding of the cardio-vascular system.
  • Understanding of the muscle system.
  • Understanding of the urogenital system.
  • Knowledge of the after care practices for a gelded horse. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to an equine performing poorly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when identifying problems an equine may have. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities when caring for an equine after gelding. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in order to determine the illness of an equine. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with others when determining a problem with an equine. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where the proper care of an equine leads to its well being. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    In order to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, it must be the intention underlying any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  67589   National Certificate: Equine Practices  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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