Candidates are being sought to run for election to the RCVS and vn councils. There are six seats on the RCVS council and two on the vn council. Voting papers will be distributed to all vets and veterinary nurses eligible to vote.

Nominations must be received by January 31, 2010. Elections will take place in March, with the results being announced early in May. Those elected will take their seats at RCVS Day in July to serve four-year terms.

RCVS registrar Jane Hern said: “Like us or loathe us, what the RCVS does impact directly on the lives of veterinary surgeons and nurses, their clients and patients. Getting regulation right is something that all members and listed/registered vns have power to influence.

“We know from the reaction we get when we propose changes or ask for your comments that vets and vns are not backwards about coming forwards.

“There has been a substantial rise in the number of vets voting, since a low point in voter turnout was reached in 2002. So, if you know someone you think is up to the job, why not persuade them to stand.”

All prospective candidates need to provide the signatures and registered/listed addresses of two proposers, and should also submit a short biography, manifesto and photograph for inclusion in the elections booklets.

Nobody can nominate more than one candidate, and no current member of the RCVS council or vn council may nominate anyone.

Nomination forms and full details for RCVS Council nominations can be downloaded from or obtained from the executive office (020 7222 0761 or

Nomination forms and details relating to the VN Council will be online shortly at and can also be requested from Annette Amato (020 7202 0788 or

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