Making a Plan
How do we come up with a plan? Each planning process has 3 components:
1. Data: See Animal Assessment for the types and sources of data to collect. When considering the animal, ask yourself:
- Who are you?
- What condition are you in?
- During daily rounds and daily interaction, how are you doing in our care?
2. Assessment: Use the obtained information to determine possible strategies.
- What do you need right now?
- What strategies are we able to offer you?
- What can we implement TODAY?
- How do we make a favourable outcome happen for you?
The strategies that are available to us can be found in:
3. Plan: Test the chosen strategies, observe the outcome, and determine if goals of stress reduction and environmental enrichment were met.
- Is this working for this animal?
- Is this meeting our goals?
If the answer is no, either the strategies were not appropriate, or the animal’s needs or behaviour have changed; go back to Assessment to choose new strategies.