Voters will get the chance to grill the thirteen vet candidates standing in the 2013 RCVS elections at a special online hustings event.

Voters will get the chance to grill the thirteen vet candidates standing in the 2013 RCVS elections at a special online hustings event.
 
The evening event, organised by the Royal College in collaboration with web-CPD provider The Webinar Vet, will take place on March 19 at 7pm. The regulator hopes the session will help practitioners decide who to vote for, as well as encouraging more people to vote in general.

RCVS registrar Gordon Hockey said: “From feedback we’ve received, RCVS registrar Gordon Hockey will be on hand at the event.one of the reasons why people don’t vote is because they know little about the candidates or their views.

“We hope this hustings will provide the candidates with a platform to address the veterinary electorate directly, and give voters the chance to put their own questions to those hoping to serve on council.”

The candidates contesting six council seats, due to become vacant in July, are:

  • Niall Connell
  • Jeremy Davies
  • Robert Ellis
  • Lewis Grant
  • Christopher Gray
  • Peter Jinman
  • Thomas Lonsdale
  • Peter Robinson
  • Christopher Sturgess
  • Paul Torgerson
  • Christopher Tufnell
  • Bradley Viner
  • Thomas Witte

Of the thirteen candidates, Dr Davies, Mr Jinman, Mr Gray, Mr Tufnell and Dr Viner are current council members.

The hustings event will be free to watch, however, the college has asked that questions be submitted in advance.

Mr Hockey explained: “Due to the high number of candidates standing for election, it won’t be feasible to hold a debate, so questions should be submitted in advance.

“Each candidate will be allocated around three minutes to introduce themselves and answer up to three questions of their choosing. The whole event will run for just under an hour.”

Proceedings will be moderated by Webinar Vet founder Anthony Chadwick, and Mr Hockey will be on-hand to address any factual inaccuracies.

You can register to listen to the hustings at www.thewebinarvet.com/rcvs and submit questions at the same time. Alternatively, questions can be emailed to Ian Holloway at the RCVS.

All questions should be relevant to the role of the RCVS and the role of council members, and can be raised anonymously, if requested.
 

  • Ballot papers and candidate biographies and manifestos are due to be posted on March 7, 2013.
  • Votes can be cast online, by text message or by post, before 5pm on April 26, 2013.
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