Council elections

Nominations for candidates for the 2019 RCVS Council election have now closed. The names and details of the candidates in this year's elections will be published in due course.

RCVS Council comprises 36 members, each of them serving for a four-year term of office. Six are appointed lay members, two are appointed veterinary nurse members, seven 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 three places up for election. Council members are also now only able to serve a total of three consecutive four-year terms and will need to take a two-year break between before standing for Council again.

RCVS Council election 2019

The elections will be held between March and April 2019 and votes may be cast online or by postal ballot paper.

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