Council elections

Voting in the 2019 RCVS Council election is now open. Please visit the dedicated election page for information about the elections and the 9 candidates standing for Council.

RCVS Council comprises 36 members, each of them serving for a 4-year term of office. 6 are appointed lay members, 2 are appointed veterinary nurse members, 7 are appointed by each of the RCVS-accredited veterinary schools and 21 by direct election, held annually.

In May 2018, a Legislative Reform Order amending the governance arrangements of the RCVS received ministerial approval. This amendment made a number of changes to the composition of RCVS Council, including a reduction in the number of elected places available on Council from 24 to 13 over a staged transition. This means that this year there will be 3 places up for election. Council members are also now only able to serve a total of 3 consecutive 4-year terms and will need to take a 2-year break between before standing for Council again.


RCVS Council election 2019

The 2019 RCVS Council election is now live and votes may be cast online or by postal ballot paper. You can view the candidates standing for this year's election.

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.

View results of previous elections