College reminds potential RCVS council and VN council candidates that its January 31 deadline for nominations is approaching. Get your completed form in now!

Would-be candidates in the RCVS council and the RCVS VN council elections are being reminded by the college that the deadline for nominations is 5pm on January 31.

As the January 31 deadline approaches, the RCVS has reminded those who wish to be considered for RCVS council and VN council to get their nominations in soon.Six seats are due to be filled on RCVS council, and two on VN council. Those elected will take their seats on RCVS Day in July, and will serve four-year terms.

Council members, said the college, will be expected to spend at least six to eight days a year attending council and committee meetings, working parties and sub-committees (for which a loss-of-earnings allowance is available).

To stand in the respective elections, veterinary surgeons need two nominations from veterinary surgeons while veterinary nurses two nominations from veterinary nurses. Veterinary surgeons and VNs not presently on either council can nominate one candidate each.

Speaking of the elections, RCVS chief executive Nick Stace said: “Last year, a record number of veterinary surgeons showed by seeking a seat on RCVS council they were willing to help regulate their profession.

“The RCVS needs the efforts of willing vets and VNs to ensure their professions continue to be well regulated. If you’ve thought about standing ‘some day’ – why not make some day now?”

The reminder follows a “Meet the RCVS Day” on Tuesday (January 15), where prospective candidates met with college officers and senior staff to find out what goes on behind the scenes.

If you are interested in nominating yourself, nomination forms, full instructions and guidance notes are available from the RCVS website for RCVS council and VN council.

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