The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has announced the candidates standing in the RCVS Council and Veterinary Nurses (VN) Council elections this year and is inviting veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses to put their questions to them directly.

There are 11 candidates standing in this year’s election to RCVS Council, with six vacant seats to fill.

There are six men and five women, which include two existing council members eligible for re-election and nine new candidates.

They are: Niall Connell; Joanna Dyer; Tim Greet; Lynne Hill; Richard Hillman; Heidi Janicke; Hannah Jordan; Thomas Lonsdale; James Main; Katherine Richards; and Peter Robinson.

Three veterinary nurses are standing for two vacant seats in this year’s VN Council elections, including one existing VN Council member eligible for re-election. They are: Lucy Bellwood; Elizabeth Cox; and Marie Rippingale.

Ballot papers and candidates’ details are due to be posted to all veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses eligible to vote during the week commencing March 16, and all votes must be cast, either online or by post, by 5pm on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Once again the college is inviting members of both professions to “Quiz the candidates” by putting their questions directly to all those standing for election. Each candidate will then be invited to choose two questions to answer from all those received and produce a video or audio recording of their answers. All recordings will be published on the RCVS website on March 19.

Vets and nurses should email their question (one per person) to or, or post it on Twitter using the hashtags #vetvote15 or #VNvote15, respectively, by midday Monday March 9.

“It’s important members of the veterinary professions choose who they want to sit on their governing councils, so we always try to make the elections as interesting and engaging as possible,” said Gordon Hockey, RCVS registrar.

“This year, we hope the provision of short videos, to accompany the usual written information, will encourage people to find out a little more about all those standing for election and then use their vote.

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