The RCVS has announced the results of its 2016 RCVS council and VN council elections.

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From left: RCVS council newcomers Melissa Donald and Lucie Goodwin, and incoming VN council members Matthew Rendle and Racheal Marshall.

Previous members Christopher Barker (2,838 votes), Amanda Boag (2,689 votes), Kit Sturgess (2,586 votes) and Stephen May (2,452 votes) were returned to four of the six available seats, with Melissa Donald and Lucie Goodwin joining council for the first time after polling 2,532 votes and 2,307 votes, respectively.

Prof May’s re-election means he will serve as junior vice-president for 2016-17.

In total, 15.6% (or 4,403) of veterinary surgeons eligible to vote did so, compared to 18.1% last year.

Eleanor Ferguson, RCVS acting registrar, said: “I’d like to congratulate all those who were successfully elected, and re-elected, to council and thank those who took part in this year’s election – whether by standing as a candidate, casting a vote or submitting questions for the candidates to answer.”

The full results are as follows (*= elected):

  • Christopher Barker: 2,838*
  • Amanda Boag: 2,689*
  • Kit Sturgess: 2,586*
  • Melissa Donald: 2,532*
  • Stephen May: 2,452*
  • Lucie Goodwin: 2,307*
  • Cheryl Scudamore: 2,103
  • Thomas Lonsdale: 446

VN council

The two places available on VN council will be taken by new members Matthew Rendle and Racheal Marshall, who gained 547 votes and 537 votes, respectively.

The number of veterinary nurses who voted was higher than last year (1,435 compared to 1,379), but the turnout of 10.9% was slightly lower than last year’s 11%.

VN council chairman Liz Cox said: “Many congratulations to the two new members of VN council – I look forward to working with them over the coming years and seeing what they can bring to help drive the profession forward.”

All the successful candidates will take up their positions at RCVS Day – the college’s annual meeting and awards day – on 15 July at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Full rundown of results (*= elected):

  • Matthew Rendle: 547*
  • Racheal Marshall: 537*
  • Stacey Bullock: 334
  • Helen Tottey: 325
  • Samantha Thompson: 313
  • Wendy Nevins: 299
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Roger Meacock MRCVS
8 months 17 days ago

Shame on the Vet Times for not publishing the full RCVS Electoral results, including 446 votes for Tom Lonsdale. Yet again a significant number of vets (just over 10% of those who voted) supporting Tom’s call for reform and investigation into the junk pet food debacle.

Vet Times
8 months 17 days ago

Hi Roger,

Thank you for your comments, but please rest assured we are on the case – we were not supplied with the full list of results (The RCVS has not sent out, or published these on their website), but needed to post the article in time to appear in our Wednesday e-newsletter – hence our online copy was published with only the headline results.

However, our reporters are still working on extended election coverage for the print edition of Veterinary Times, which will take a closer look at the results. This will appear in issue 46.19.

Vet Times
8 months 17 days ago

For reference, we have now placed full results within the article.


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