Voting in this year’s RCVS council and VN council elections has now opened. Vets and VNs who are eligible to vote in their respective elections can do so either online or by post.

All votes must be cast, either online or by post, by 5pm on Friday, 28 April. IMAGE: Fotolia/Anton Sokolov.

According to the college, the elections are run by Electoral Reform Services (ERS) and feature both a new voting platform and regular, personalised email reminders that will make it easier to vote online.

These emails will include a unique link to the voting platform and the ability to log in securely straight away without having to refer to the ballot paper to find the security codes.

Using the email address provided, the college, vets and VNs will also be able to ask ERS to re-issue the security codes if needed.


There are 16 candidates contesting six places on RCVS council, including three existing members eligible for re-election.

They are:

  • Caroline Allen
  • Sarah Brown
  • Danny Chambers
  • John Davies
  • Chris Gray
  • David Leicester
  • Tom Lonsdale
  • Martin Peaty
  • Matthew Plumtree
  • Cheryl Scudamore
  • Huw Stacey
  • Christopher Tufnell
  • Kevin Watts
  • Trevor Whitbread
  • Thomas Witte
  • James Yeates

Four VNs are contesting two places in this year’s VN council elections. Two of these are existing VN council members eligible for re-election.

They are:

  • Miguel Borralho
  • Susan Howarth
  • Andrea Jeffery
  • Marie Rippingale

All votes must be cast, either online or by post, by 5pm on Friday, 28 April.

Question time

Once again, the college invited members of both professions to “Quiz the candidates” by putting their questions directly to all those standing for election.

Some of the key themes this year included:

  • Brexit
  • complementary/alternative therapies
  • the structure of the veterinary industry
  • out-of-hours work
  • VN remuneration

Each candidate was invited to choose two questions to answer from those received and produce a video recording of their answers.

These videos, along with biographies and statements for each candidate, are available to view on the RCVS website at and

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