RCVS & VN Councils elections results

1 May 2012

The votes for the 2012 RCVS Council and Veterinary Nurse (VN) Councils elections have been counted and the results are now in.

There was a record number of candidates standing in the RCVS Council election this year, and the results in the end were much closer than usual, although the turnouts were low once again.

Two candidates entirely new to the Council have been elected, one of whom - Amanda Boag - received the highest number of votes.

Two candidates entirely new to the Council have been elected, one of whom - Amanda Boag - received the highest number of votes. The other - Chris Barker - also did well, coming in third place overall.

Three existing RCVS Council Members have been re-elected for a further four years, and Stephen May, who was formerly an appointed Council Member from the Royal Veterinary College, was also voted onto Council for the first time.

Of the three candidates standing for election to VN Council, one existing Member - Kathy Kissick - has been returned, and one new member - Elizabeth Figg - has been elected.

All successful candidates will take up or resume their seats at RCVS Day on 6 July 2012.

Turnouts for both elections continued to be disappointing, with just 3,625 veterinary surgeons (15.1%) and 743 veterinary nurses (7.5%) choosing to exercise their right to vote.

In 2011, voting figures were 3,887 (15.9%) and 723 (7.6%), respectively, so whilst 20 more VNs voted this year, there was a very slight drop in turnout in real terms.

Veterinary surgeons' and veterinary nurses' use of online and text voting, rather than postal voting, increased again this year from 25% to 30.6%, and 12.9% to 20%, respectively. 

The full results of the two elections are as follows:

 

RCVS Council election

Candidate Number of votes  
Amanda Boag 1,991 Elected
Catherine Goldie 1,690 Elected
Christopher Barker 1,540 Elected
Barry Johnson 1,401 Elected
Richard Stephenson 1,321 Elected
Stephen May 1,238 Elected*
Christopher Sturgess 1,235   
Robert Ellis 1,024   
David Mason 963   
Edward Gillams 909   
Christopher House 843   
Charles Gruchy 806   
Jonathan Ruben 801   
Tom Lonsdale 259   

 *confirmed by a recount

 

VN Council election

Candidate Number of votes  
Katherine Kissick 496 Elected
Elizabeth Figg 297 Elected
Phillippe Ramboaniaina 259

 

 

 

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