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VN Council elections

RCVS Veterinary Nurses Council comprises 14 members: 6 elected veterinary nurses, 2 appointed veterinary nurse members, 2 appointed veterinary surgeon members and 4 appointed lay members.

In November 2017 VN Council agreed changes to its governance arrangements, reducing the number of elected members from 8 to 6 and introducing new appointed veterinary nurse, veterinary surgeon and lay members. Another key change was that the term of office for VN Council members was reduced from 4 to 3 years and the same 3-term limit also applies. These changes meant that no VN Council election was held in 2018.

The elections are held between March and April 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. 

VN Council election 2022 - nominations closed

The nomination period for candidates who wish to stand in the 2022 VN Council election has now closed. Further information about each of the candidates and the timing of the 2022 election will be published in early February. 

How to stand for election

The VN 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