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Develop a diagnostic plan and interpret test results


Integrate individual animal or herd data to create a prioritised differential diagnostic list and determine a diagnostic plan, obtain informed consent for diagnostic testing and interpret results.

Developing a diagnostic action plan is an iterative, reflective process that requires continuous adaptation to avoid common errors of clinical reasoning.

Aiming for... (success criteria)

To have demonstrated the identification of relevant and accurate differential diagnoses to a consistently high standard, across the full range of clinical contexts relevant to their role including;

  1. across different animal species,
  2. clinical presentations,
  3. acute / chronic conditions,
  4. case complexities / data ambiguity,
  5. different degrees of client support and co-operation

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

  • Clinical reasoning

Reflective relationships

  • Communication
  • Collaboration

Professional leadership

  • Self-awareness and self-reflection