Recipients of the Animal Care credential have demonstrated concept proficiency and completed the following tasks:
Activity 1 – Handling Animals
(a) Lifted animal following procedure for handling the specific animal (check activity booklet).
Activity 2 – Physical Exam‑A
(a) Placed a small amount of petroleum jelly on the bulb of the thermometer.
(b) Placed animal in standing position on a table top, held animal against body using elbow and held on to tail.
(c) Inserted thermometer into the animalʼs rectum and left thermometer in for one minute.
(d) Removed thermometer, wiped clean with tissue, and read correctly the animalʼs temperature.
(e) Washed thermometer with warm water, soap, and a cotton ball, turned it off.
(f) Counted number of heart beats for 15 seconds using a stethoscope, and multiplied by four to calculate the heart beat for one minute.
(g) Computed the pulse by putting finger at the middle of the inside of the animalʼs rear leg, counting the pulse beats for 15 seconds and multiplying the count by four to get the pulse rate for one minute
(h) Counted the number of respirations for one minute (one rise and one fall count as one respiration).
Activity 3 – Physical Exam‑B
(a) Placed the animal on the table top and asked assistant to help hold the animal.
(b) Pulled lower eyelid back gently with finger to examine eye.
(c) Examined animalʼs ears.
(d) Examined animalʼs mouth by holding the animalʼs head with one hand, lifting the upper lip with fingers, and feeling the gum with finger.
(e) Opened animalʼs mouth by putting one hand around the upper part of the head or nose, pushing in the upper lip with fingers, and using finger on other hand to pull open the lower jaw. Examined tongue and teeth.
(f) Manipulated fingers to feel body for lumps and bumps, and to pull back the animalʼs fur in several places to examine the skin.
(g) Manipulated fingers up each toe to the middle of the foot; gently moved joint where foot meets the leg; moved other leg joints; and grasped hip joint with fingers and hand and moved it back and forth.
(h) Manipulated fingers over the sides of the animalʼs chest feeling the ribs.
Activity 4 – Medical Care
Giving Liquid Medicine
(a) Filled syringe with about 1 or 2 ccs of water.
(b) Placed animal on the table and asked the assistant to hold the animalʼs front legs.
(c) Opened animalʼs mouth by putting one hand over the top of the animalʼs head or nose, putting thumb and finger near the corners of the mouth, and pressing against the animalʼs lips.
(d) Placed the syringe between the animalʼs back teeth and squirted the “medicine” into the animalʼs mouth keeping the animalʼs nose pointed up while it swallows.
(e) Wrapped bandage down under one foot.
(f) Wrapped bandage around lower leg and foot and back up leg.
(g) Cut bandage off. Then cut bandage down middle and tied two ends around animal’s leg, making sure it wasn’t too tight.
(h) Showed work to instructor, then removed bandage.
(i) Pressure bandage – Put gauze pad over wound; wrapped bandage around tail.
(j) Showed work to instructor; then removed bandage and put away materials.
Activity 5 – Grooming
(a) Brushed pet starting at head and completing entire body. Checked for scratches and
parasites. Cleaned brush.
(b) Placed pet in warm water, held pet, wet pet, placed a few drops of shampoo on the pet, rubbed, rinsed with warm water, and dried the animal with a towel.
(c) Wrapped a piece of wet gauze around finger to clean dirt and wax in both ears. Manipulated the wet end of a cotton swab gently to clean into the ear.
(d) Scrubbed teeth by wrapping wet gauze around a finger and rubbing outside of teeth.
(e) Manipulated nail clippers to trim end of claws, if necessary.
Activity 6 – Nutrition and Feeding
(a) Compared information about dog weight and nutrient requirements to determine how many calories a 75 pound adult dog needs. Repeated process for 17 pound puppy.
(b) Calculated correct number of calories in 100 grams of canned food.
(c) Calculated correct number calories for can and determined if food would be adequate for a 54 pound adult dog.
Activity 7 – Breeding
(a) Completed questions on breeding and characteristics based on charts.
Activity 8 – Training
(a) Taught dog to sit by giving firm “sit” command, simultaneously pulling back on the collar and pushing down on the dogʼs hindquarters, and holding the dog in position while repeating the command; praised the dog.
(b) Repeated sequence after moving the dog to another location.
(c) Taught dog to heel by walking forward, giving firm “heel” command, and giving a few jerks on the leash. Repeated sequence.
(d) Taught dog to sit by commanding “down” in a strong voice and pushing down on the dogʼs shoulders; or putting leash under foot, giving “down” command, and pulling on the leash.
(e) Praised dog when it followed commands.
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