RCVS registrar Jane Hern has voiced disappointment at the marked drop in voting figures as the Royal College announced results of the 2011 RCVS Council and Veterinary Nurse Council elections.

RCVS registrar Jane Hern has voiced disappointment at the marked drop in voting figures as the Royal College announced results of the 2011 RCVS Council and Veterinary Nurse Council elections.

RCVS registrar Jane Hern was disappointed by the voting turnout for this year's council elections.Despite rises in previous turnouts, voting figures have dropped markedly this year in both RCVS and VN Councils elections, to 15.9% (3,887 voters) and 7.6% (723 voters) respectively. The previous turnouts were 18.8% (in 2010) and 11.2% (in 2009).

Ms Hern said: “It’s certainly disappointing that the turnout has dropped so much this year. It’s unclear whether this is due to lack of time, lack of awareness, or lack of interest, but perhaps anyone who didn’t vote could let us know why, so we can see what we could do to increase participation.”

The results of the two elections are:

RCVS COUNCIL: Elected candidates

  1. Sheila Crispin (2,281 votes)
  2. Sandy Trees (2,247 votes)
  3. Bob Moore (1,890 votes)
  4. Mark Elliott (1,821 votes)
  5. Lynne Hill (1,711 votes)
  6. Beverley Cottrell (1,604 votes)

For the first time in eight years, all six successful RCVS Council candidates have served on council before, although one (Prof Trees) is currently an appointed, rather than an elected, member.

VN COUNCIL: Elected candidates

  1. Elizabeth Branscombe (430 votes)
  2. Elizabeth Cox (335 votes)
  3. Tanya Caley (332 votes)

For VN Council, one existing member has been returned and two new members have been elected. An additional vacancy arose on VN Council this year due to an existing member retiring early; hence, Tanya Caley, as third-place candidate, will take up that seat for the remaining one year of the term.

Ms Hern said: “My congratulations to all successful candidates, who I look forward to formally welcoming, or welcoming back, onto the councils at RCVS Day in July, and my commiserations to those who were unsuccessful this time and who I hope won’t be discouraged from standing again next year.”

This year’s chosen charity – the Veterinary Benevolent Fund – will receive a cheque for £922 arising from the college’s pledge to donate 20p for each veterinary surgeon and veterinary nurse who cast a vote.

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