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Table 1 Definitions related to competence and competency

From: Competence perceptions of veterinary nursing students and registered veterinary nurses in Ireland: a mixed methods explanatory study

Competence Ability to perform a skill; a personal attribute.
Competent An adjective used to describe a person’s performance that is deemed acceptable or to an expected level.
Competency An individual skill or task which must be performed as part of a person’s job or role (plural = competencies).
A set of skills a learner must achieve or demonstrate to be deemed competent in a particular discipline.