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EPA 14

Conduct document and physical checks on live animals imported to the UK through a border inspection post


Conduct checks on live animals entering a border inspection post to comply with the relevant legislation.

Checks on live animals entering the UK are essential for safeguarding animal health and welfare, and preventing entry of exotic notifiable disease and protecting free trade. Checks must be carried out in a systematic and consistent way to comply with animal health legislation.

Aiming for... (Success criteria)

To have effectively carried out checks on live animals entering a border inspection post, in a systematic way and showing regard for animal welfare, including different animal species.

Required competences

There is the potential for all domains within the 2020 RCVS Day One Competences to be relevant to this EPA, however the key areas involved in performance of this activity/area of practice are as follows;

Veterinary capability

  • Individual animal
  • Animal population care & management
  • One health / public health

Reflective relationships

  • Communication
  • Collaboration

Personal leadership

  • Professionalism
  • Adaptability