Voting in this year’s RCVS and VN Councils elections has now opened, with veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses able to cast their votes online, by post or by SMS text message.
Voting in this year’s RCVS and VN Councils elections has now opened, with veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses able to cast their votes online, by post or by text message.
Candidate details and ballot papers were posted earlier this week so should be landing on doormats imminently.
As previously, the RCVS will make an optional 20p charitable donation on behalf of each person who votes. This year’s chosen charity is the Veterinary Benevolent Fund, which offers support to both vets and vet nurses.
VBF president Lydia Brown said: “The Veterinary Benevolent Fund is very grateful for funds raised through the elections. We appreciate that life in practice can be stressful, and offer support in a variety of ways to veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses.”
RCVS Council comprises 40 members:
Each member is appointed for a four-year term of office. Every year, six members of Council retire at the Annual General Meeting, though may seek re-election.
In 2011, ten candidates are standing for the six seats available, including six incumbent Council members. The candidates are Jon Bray, Beverley Cottrell, Sheila Crispin, Mark Elliott, Lynne Hill, Tom Lonsdale, David Mason, Bob Moore, Adi Nell and Sandy Trees.
RCVS VN COUNCIL
RCVS VN Council comprises 17 members:
Two seats are usually available each year, with each member serving a four-year term. This year an extra seat for a one-year term is available, due to a member retiring mid-term; this will be filled by the third-placed candidate.
There are four candidates for the three seats: Liz Branscombe, Tanya Caley, Liz Cox and Rachel Smith.
All votes must be received before 5pm on April 27, 011 – a slightly earlier deadline than usual, which takes account of the extra public holiday for the Royal Wedding.
Voting instructions and candidate manifestos are enclosed with the ballot papers. Any veterinary surgeon who has not received their ballot paper should contact Ian Holloway (020 7202 0727 firstname.lastname@example.org) for an official duplicate; veterinary nurses missing their ballot papers should contact Annette Amato (020 7202 0713 email@example.com).
- As in previous years, voters can put questions to the candidates for the first month of the election period via www.vetsurgeon.org and www.vetnurse.co.uk.