Council elections

Nominations are now open for veterinary surgeons who wish to become candidates in the 2019 RCVS Council elections which will be taking place between March and May 2019. Further details about how to apply plus the relevant nomination forms can be found on this webpage.

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. 

Information about standing for Council including guidance, frequently asked questions and the roles of members, as well as nomination and candidate information forms, can be found in the 'Related document' section of this page. Nominations must be submitted in writing on or before 31 January 2019.

Prospective candidates are welcome to contact the Registrar, Eleanor Ferguson (, the CEO, Lizzie Lockett ( or the President, Ms Amanda Boag ( for more information about the role of the College and/or RCVS Council members.

RCVS Council will also be holding a public meeting on Thursday 17 January 2019, prior to the closure date for Council candidates. Prospective candidates are welcome to attend the Council meeting as an observer. Please contact Dawn Wiggins, RCVS Council Secretary, on if you wish to attend.

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