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RSPCA Policy B2 Training and competency

2.1RSPCA Australia recognises that good stockpersonship, i.e. the knowledge, skill, attitude and behaviour necessary to handle animals, is an essential component of any farming system, and believes that stockpersons must always interact with animals in a caring and compassionate manner that ensures good animal welfare and enhances the human-animal relationship.
2.2RSPCA Australia believes that stockpersons must be appropriately trained and competent in their required tasks. Stockpersons must successfully complete recognised training and accreditation programs, where they exist. Stockpersons must have an understanding of normal and abnormal animal behaviour, and be able to recognise conditions in which animal welfare may be compromised, and take appropriate action to rectify the situation if observed.
2.3RSPCA Australia encourages the development of a positive culture to support the humane treatment of farm animals. This includes the reporting of any instances of neglect, cruelty or other breaches of legislation to the relevant authority. Instances of animal cruelty or failure of staff to report animal cruelty must result in instant dismissal, and review of staff training, induction and other relevant procedures.

(Reviewed 28/03/2018)

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Updated on December 9, 2020

RSPCA policies reflect the best available evidence to direct and guide RSPCA and others, to promote and achieve good animal welfare outcomes.

Reference to ‘the RSPCA’ or ‘RSPCA’ in this document means RSPCA Australia and each of the RSPCA Australia member Societies.

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