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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 2021 - nominations closed

The nomination period for candidates who wish to stand in the 2021 RCVS Council election ended on 31 January 2021.

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