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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 in March and April. 

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 2023 - closed!

The voting period for the 2023 election to the RCVS Veterinary Nurses (VN) Council has now closed and those who were elected are: 

  • Matthew Rendle RVN – 891 votes (RE-ELECTED)
  • Simon Williams RVN – 642 votes (ELECTED)

The full election results are available to download from this webpage. 

Voting emails were sent by Civica Election Services (CES), which runs the elections on our behalf of the College, on Friday 17 March 2023 and voting closed at 5pm on Friday 21 April.

Question the candidates

Ahead of the start of the election period we asked veterinary nurses to submit questions to the candidates. Candidates have now produced written answers to two questions of their choice that have been published alongside their candidate biography and statement.

View results of previous elections