VN 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 Veterinary Nurses Council comprises 14 members: six elected veterinary nurses, two appointed veterinary nurse members, two appointed veterinary surgeon members and four appointed lay members.

In November 2017 VN Council agreed changes to its governance arrangements, reducing the number of elected members from eight to six and introducing new appointed veterinary nurse, veterinary surgeon and lay members. Another key change is that the term of office for VN Council members has been reduced from four to three years and the same three-term limit also applies. These changes also meant that no VN Council election was held last year.

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 ( or the CEO, Lizzie Lockett ( for more information about the role of the College and/or VN Council members.

VN 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 VN 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