The RCVS has sent out ballot papers to those eligible to vote, while vet surgeons question RCVS council candidates in a hustings-style webinar.

The RCVS has announced its 2013 elections for RCVS council and vet nurses council are officially under way after it sent ballot papers and candidate details to all veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses eligible to vote.

Candidates are battling for a place on RCVS and VN council - the meetings of which take place at the RCVS headquarters in Belgravia House, London.Meanwhile, those interested in hearing what their potential RCVS council members have to say can watch a free hustings-style webinar tonight (March 19, 2013) at 7pm, where candidates are to be questioned by members of the profession.

This year, 13 candidates, five of whom are current council members, will contest the six available seats on RCVS council, and four candidates are contesting the two available places on VN council, including one existing member.

The candidates for RCVS council are (bold denotes an existing member):

  • Niall Connell
  • Jerry Davies
  • Bertie Ellis
  • Lewis Grant
  • Chris Gray
  • Peter Jinman
  • Tom Lonsdale
  • Peter Robinson
  • Kit Sturgess
  • Paul Torgerson
  • Chris Tufnell
  • Bradley Viner
  • Tom Witte

Candidates for VN council are:

  • Sue Badger
  • Andrea Jeffery
  • Amy Robinson
  • Helen Tottey

RCVS registrar Gordon Hockey said: “At a time when the college is experiencing a period of significant change, it’s more important than ever the councils have the right personnel to help steer us along the path to becoming a first-rate regulator. The annual councils elections represent a key opportunity for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses to ensure this happens.”

Votes in both elections may be cast online, by text message or by post, and must be received by 5pm on April 26, 2013. Details of how to vote are printed on the ballot papers and candidate information is also available on the RCVS website for RCVS council and VN council.

The hustings are to be held on The Webinar Vet’s RCVS page. Questions need to have been submitted in advance as the college claims there are too many candidates to hold a debate, but vets need to register to listen. The hustings will also be recorded and available to listen again via the same web address until the voting deadline.

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