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Council elections

RCVS Council comprises 24 members, each of them serving for a 4-year term of office. Six are appointed lay members, two are appointed veterinary nurse members, three are appointed by the Veterinary Schools Council to represent the overall number of RCVS-accredited veterinary schools, and 13 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.

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 2024 - candidates announced 

Following the end of the candidate nomination period for the 2024 RCVS Council election on 31 January 2024, we can now announce that 14 candidates will contesting this year's election. These are: 

Further information about each candidate can be found on their individual candidate profile webpage using the links above.

Question the candidates 

This year we are once again asking members of the profession to contact us with questions for the 2024 RCVS Council election candidates.

Candidates will choose up to two of these questions to answer and these will be appended to their candidate profile pages.

Veterinary surgeons should submit questions to the candidates on [email protected] no later than 5pm on Thursday 29 February 2024. 

Please note: we will only accept one question per individual and supplemental questions will not be accepted. Any questions which are considered to be offensive, inappropriate, defamatory or otherwise unlawful will not be accepted. 

View results of previous elections