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Table of Major Changes to the Code of Practice for the Management of Dogs and Cats in Shelters and Pounds (2)

Table of Major Changes to the Code of Practice for the Management of Dogs and Cats in Shelters and Pounds (2)

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 Table of major changes to the Code of Practice for the Management of Dogs and Cats in Shelters andPounds:
 
Code of Practice for theManagement of Dogsand Cats in Sheltersand Pounds (revision 1changes)
 
section
 
change
 
implication
 
reason
 
introduction
 
Establishment must have $10m public liability insurance
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currently no requirement for insurance in this code of practice(aligning with other codes)
requirement to obtain insurance
been informed allfacilities already have it
protection for public andproprietor 
 
definitions
 
extensive list of definitions
 
clarity to the document users so easier for interpretation by users
 
provide clarity to the documentusers
 
1.1 proprietor 
 
major shift to the responsibilities lying with proprietor for staff,animal welfare and management processes (training, writtenagreements and health plans)
 
moves responsibility from manager to proprietor (defn: owner or in case of a council CEO or board of management Exec Officer)
 
-impact- councils CEO (if council own pound) or Shelter EO will have to make policy decisions and take responsibility for overallmanagement, training and health plans - meaning greater transparency and consistency but requirement for councilor board of management to have written protocols.Protocols generally already exist but will be adopted at ahigher level of management.
provide clarity on roles and policyand procedures requirementsand makes a senior personaccept responsibility of animalwelfare and managementprocesses
 
1.1 (proprietor) and 1.4(veterinarian)
 
A proprietor must prepare an animal health plan to be endorsedby a veterinarian
 
proprietor must prepare a plan (to be endorsed by aveterinarian) for actions in response to disease,vaccination and disease prevention, euthanasia,fostering, isolation, behaviour and welfareassessments
 
provide clarity on roles and policyand procedures requirements.
 
1.2 OperationsManager 
 
Operations Manager must have completed a cert4 in AnimalCare and management or equivalent experience or quals. Usedto be 'Preferable to have completed a course in animal care.'
 
Operations Managers will probably already have thecertificate or equivalent experience - will insure newmanagers are adequately trained
 
***possible cost for training***cost - Aimed at trainingfuture operations managers - most will come throughsystem and already have certificate or could spend(approx) $200 to have recognition of prior learningcarried out by a TAFE
to increase the level of trainingfor pound and shelter managersto reflect the public importanceand understanding legislativerequirements of pounds andshelters
 
-impact - Most currentmanagers will already havequalification or equivalentexperience (so no cost).
 
1.3 Animal Attendants
 
1 full time attendant for every 40 animals housed - was 1 for 50
currently all council pounds have a capacity of less than 40 animalsand so will not be affected - larger shelter operated pounds generallyhave this staff ratio (or better).
increase in staffing needs for probably only for midsize pounds as larger pounds probably alreadyhave staff numbers
 
***possible cost for extrastaff***cost could be in $ for employing a new attendant pro-rata for hours needed (av $40,000 per annum fulltime)
or
could make decision to house less animals. Costof not doing is risk of reduced welfare of animals due toincrease demands on staff time.
reflects the duties required to becarried out by staff: training,health checks, compliance,enrichment.
 
1.5 Vehicle driver 
 
expanded list of responsibilities includes assessing animalsbeing transported and disinfection of vehicle clarification
 
clarity on role of driver 
 
clarity on role of drive
 
1.6 Staff and volunteer health
 
Members of public must have access to hand washing facilities
 
access to hot and cold water and soap for generalpublic
 
public safety and decrease riskof carrying diseases to other animals
 
2.3.2 Vaccination
 
Added Canine Cough vaccination required for dogs sold
 
extra vaccination requirement for dogs - probablyalready getting as standard in this day and age
 
reflects current technology andnow a standard in thevaccination process
 
2.3.4 Isolation
 
specifies that isolation facilities within the establishment must bephysically separated by impervious barrier or 10 metre distancein an area approved in the health plan with reference to airflow,workflow etc
 point is really to clarify the difference between quarantine (prevaccination) and isolation (to contain possible disease)
 
if the establishment cannot meet the requirementsfor isolation they will be required to have anarrangement with a veterinarian
 
***possible cost for re-fit or agreement with vet***impact: large sheltersalready have compliant isolation areas, some smaller  pounds will need to establish an agreement on a case bycase basis with a veterinarian. Cost dependent on vet butcost of not doing is risk of all animals in facility becoming infected and ill due to poor containment of onesick animal.
health and welfare of animals notin isolation
 
2.3.5 Euthanasia
 
Specific reference to requirements if gunshot is the selectedmethod of euthanasia - -requires proprietor to decide, training of official carrying it out and compliance with POCTAA guidelines
 
If gunshot is method of choice then staff must behighly skilled and trained. Must be accepted byproprietor and veterinarian as acceptable method
 
makes proprietor andveterinarian answerable to publicon selected method of euthanasia
 
2.3.6 (a) nutrition
 
New reference to food being 'nutritionally balanced' andinformation on water requirements for dogs and cats
 
reminder on quality food and water requirements
 
clarity and more information toproprietors on food and water requirements
 
2.3.6 (b) Disinfectionand hygiene
 
new reference to 'animal disease specific' disinfectant andholding MSDS's for all chemicals
 
 problem trying to fix - is legalrequirement for MSDS and storage in workplace and to ensure safeand effective disinfectants are being used - rather than old expiredhousehold products
requires a revision of standard disinfectants in useand to holding the correct safety sheets
 
insures effective disinfectants arein use and OH&S compliancewith safety data sheets
 

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