RCVS Council Nominations 2018

If you are considering standing for election to RCVS Council in 2018, you will need to read the following information carefully (including the formal election notice), download the relevant documents, and then complete and sign the necessary forms before posting them back to us. NB Please note the first section relating to governance changes in 2018.

Please read through the following sections 'What you need to know' and 'What you need to do' first. Each of the documents described below can be downloaded from the 'Related documents' box, at the bottom of this page.

What you need to know

Governance changes 

Following extensive debate, stakeholder engagement and a formal consultation with the professions, in March 2016 RCVS Council agreed to a package of reforms to College’s governance arrangements, including the size and structure of Council. These reforms are designed to improve the efficiency and accountability of RCVS Council and its associated Committees.

The changes require legislation to amend the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. This is a complex process and, unfortunately, due to unavoidable delays associated with the 2017 General Election and the impact of preparing for the UK’s departure from the European Union, the legislation has not yet completed its passage through Parliament.

It is expected that the legislative reforms in relation to RCVS governance arrangements will be enacted in advance of the 2018 Annual General Meeting, therefore, candidates will join Council under the new system.  This means that whilst we will be running the election on the basis that there will be six places available (as per the old size and structure) it should be expected that only three places will ultimately be available (as per the new size and structure).

Election notice

In accordance with the provisions of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, and the RCVS Council Election Scheme 1967 (as amended 2006), there will be an election for six RCVS membersŸ to serve on RCVS Council for a period of four years from the Annual General Meeting in July 2018.

The current members of Council who will retire at the Annual General Meeting in 2018 and are eligible for re-election are:

Mr D J Bartram BVetMed DipECSRHM FRCVS
43 Leafy Lane
Hampshire PO15 7HL

Mr D F Catlow BVSc MRCVS
Blue Cross Burford Office
Shilton Road
Oxfordshire OX18 4PF

98 Moorland Road
Staffordshire ST8 6EP

Dr J R Molyneux BVSc BSc CertSAS BA(Hons) FRCVS
1 Plantation Street
Co Durham DH8 7PP

Rutland House Referrals
Abbotsfield Road
St Helens WA9 4HU

Col N C Smith BVetMed MSc FRCVS
Commanding Officer
203 (Welsh) Field Hospital
Gabalfa Avenue
South Glamorgan CF14 2HX

Nominations must be submitted in writing on the prescribed form to the Registrar, duly completed on or before 5pm on 31 January 2018, along with an accompanying candidate biography (no longer than 200 words) and statement (no longer than 300 words) and photographs.

The nominations form and details about the form and content of statements from candidates are available to download below, or on request from the Registrar.

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.

Voting papers will subsequently be distributed to all Members* of the College week commencing Monday, 13 March 2018.

*‘Members’ and ‘proposers’ must be members of the RCVS resident outside the Republic of Ireland (unless he/she has retained his/her right to vote in Council elections in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons (Agreement with the Republic of Ireland) Order 1988).


What you need to do

Guidance notes

The guidance notes explain the Election Scheme, timetable for nominations and voting period, what documentation is required, guidance about your Candidate Statement and rules about canvassing.

Frequently asked questions

Download our frequently asked questions to find information about some of the main topics that candidates ask us about.

Roles of RCVS and RCVS Council members

Read more about the roles of the RCVS and of RCVS Council members, to help explain what would be expected of you if you are elected to Council.

Nomination form

The nomination form requires your name, Register address and signature, together with those of your two nominators, and the date.

Candidate information form

The candidate information form needs to contain all the information that we will publish about you for the electorate to read. This includes your full name and contact details, a short biography (no more than 200 words) and a candidate statement (no more than 300 words).