Council election hustings - your questions please!

28 February 2013

We will be holding an online 'hustings' on Tuesday, 19 March at 7pm to help voters decide who they wish to vote for in the upcoming RCVS Council elections, and are inviting members of the veterinary profession to suggest questions for the candidates to answer.


“From feedback we've received, one of the reasons why people don't vote is because they know little about the candidates or their views,” says Gordon Hockey, RCVS Registrar.

“We hope this hustings will provide the candidates with a platform to address the veterinary electorate directly, and give voters the chance to put their own questions to those hoping to serve on Council.”

The hustings will be run as a live webinar by ‘The Webinar Vet’ and will be free to listen to.

However, due to the high number of candidates standing for election, it won’t be feasible to hold a debate, so questions should be submitted in advance (see below).

Each candidate will be allocated around three minutes to introduce themselves and answer up to three questions of their choosing. The whole event will run for just under an hour.

Anthony Chadwick, who runs The Webinar Vet, will moderate proceedings, and Gordon Hockey will be on-hand to address any factual inaccuracies.

Veterinary surgeons can register to listen to the hustings at and submit their questions at the same time; alternatively, questions can be emailed to Ian Holloway at the RCVS (

Questions should be relevant to the role of the RCVS and the role of Council Members (see About us). If questions should remain anonymous, please say so.

Ballot papers and candidates’ biographies and manifestos are due to be posted on 7 March.

Votes may be cast online, by text message or by post, by 5pm on Friday, 26 April 2013.

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