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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of Equine dentition 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
265077  Demonstrate an understanding of Equine dentition 
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 
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 Equine Dentition. They will be able to explain the effects of teeth on the overall well being of an equine. The learners will also be able to determine an equine's age by examining their teeth within internationally accepted standards.

Learner accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the teeth of an equine.
  • Explaining the effects of ageing on the teeth.
  • Ageing an equine.
  • Describing routine care and procedures relating to equine dentistry.
  • Understanding dental ailments. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication, at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Perform basic stable yard operations, at NQF level1.
  • Behaviour and Body Structure at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the teeth of an equine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The types of teeth are labelled on a diagram. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The function of each type of tooth is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Aspects of dental physiology are understood and listed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Discuss the effects of ageing and related complications on the Equine's teeth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The effects of ageing and environmental factors on the teeth of an equine are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effect of the grinding action on the molar and pre molar teeth is explained in order to inform decision makers on required dental care. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Complications relating to equine teeth are identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Teeth complication includes but not limited to wolf teeth and caps.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Consequences of not recognising equine tooth complications are explained with examples 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Teeth complication includes but not limited to wolf teeth, caps, unattended molars and hooks.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Age an Equine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Phases of tooth eruption are described and identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The equine's mouth and teeth are examined following humane and safe equine handling procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The equine's age is estimated according to the characteristics signs of wear and growth on the teeth. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Discuss dental routine and maintenance care. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equine dental routine is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The problems associated with teeth are explained with regard to dental irregularities. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Irregularities include but are not limited to overshot jaw, undershot jaw, hooks, caps, and wolf teeth.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of not performing routine dental care are explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The consequences include but are not limited to abscess, weight loss, ulcers, behavioural problems and quidding.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual wishing to be assessed, (including RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must hold a minimum of level 4 qualification in the Equine field.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this US or assessing this US must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and ETQA guidelines. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in a responsible manner using critical and creative thinking in making decisions relating to equine dental care. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as member of the team examining equine dental formula. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly while carrying out the various activities in understanding equine dentition. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with colleagues and other team members in reporting dental abnormalities and complications. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the health and safety during dental care. 

    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 
  • International accepted standards refer to the standards according to the International Group for Equestrian Qualifications.
  • The legal and regulatory requirements are those sections of the Acts that relates to the humane handling of equines. They are:
    > The Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962.
    > The Performing Animals Protection Act 24/35.
    > The Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act 19 of 1982.
    > Powers of Seizure Regulation 468 as contained in the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962. 

  • 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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