RCVS Council comprises 42 members, each appointed for a four-year term of office. Four are appointed by the Privy Council, 14 by the veterinary schools and 24 by direct election, held annually.
Every year, six Council members retire at the Annual General Meeting, though they are eligible for re-election.
Nominations for new Council members are sought each year between November and January from within the profession.
The elections are held between March and May and votes may be cast online, by post or by SMS (text) message.
The election results are published in early May and the successful candidates begin their terms of office at the RCVS Annual General Meeting, held in July each year.
The RCVS Council Election is independently run by Electoral Reform Services - an experienced provider of ballot advisory and management services to UK and worldwide organisations.