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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 2022 - nominations closed

The nomination period for candidates who wish to stand in the 2022 RCVS Council election has now closed. Further information about the candidates standing for election and the timeline for the election will be published in early February 2022.  

In accordance with the provisions of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Council Election Scheme 1967 (as amended 2006), the election is for three RCVS members to serve on RCVS Council for a period of four years from the Annual General Meeting in July 2022.

As above, the legislative reforms to the College’s governance arrangements, which came into force in May 2018, means that the composition of Council has changed, including a reduction in elected Council members. This means that, this year, only three elected places on Council will be available.

The current members of Council who will retire at the Annual General Meeting in 2022 are:

Dr M O Greene BVM&S MRCVS

8 Summerville Road

Stoke-on-Trent

Staffordshire

ST4 6LS

 
Dr S Paterson MA VetMB DVD DipECVD FRCVS

3 High Birkrigg Park

Stainton

Kendal

Cumbria

LA8 0DY

 
Dr N C Smith BVetMed MSc MA FRCVS

Home Office Science

14th Floor

Lunar House

40 Wellesley Road

Croydon

Surrey

CR9 2BY

 
Nominations must be submitted by email to Dawn Wiggins, Secretary to RCVS Council, at d.wiggins@rcvs.org.uk, duly completed on or before Monday 31 January 2022, along with accompanying candidate biography (no longer than 200 words) and statement (no longer than 300 words) and photograph.

The nomination form and details about the content of candidate biographies and statements are available to download from the link below. Each nomination form must bear the signatures and registered addresses of two proposers. No proposer may nominate more than one candidate or be a member of RCVS Council. Links to the voting website will be distributed via email to all members of the RCVS on the week commencing Monday, 14 March 2022.

How to stand for election

The RCVS Council Election is independently run by Civica Election Services (formerly Electoral Reform Services) - an experienced provider of ballot advisory and management services to UK and worldwide organisations.

View results of previous elections