A record number of veterinary surgeons are contesting just six seats in this year’s RCVS council election, while three VNs are fighting for the two available seats on RCVS VN council. Elections open March 9, 2012.

The RCVS and RCVS Veterinary Nurses councils elections open from tomorrow (March 9, 2012), and ballot papers will shortly be received by all veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses eligible to vote.

This year sees a record number of veterinary surgeons – 14 in total – are contesting six seats in the RCVS council election, which fall vacant as elected council members’ terms of office expire at the RCVS Annual General Meeting (July 6).

Royal College of Veterinary SurgeonsVeterinary surgeons may each vote for up to six candidates. This year, five existing council members are seeking re-election, and nine new candidates are standing. They are:

  1. Mr Christopher Barker BVSc MLitt CertVR MRCVS
  2. Ms Amanda Boag VetMB MA DipACVIM MRCVS
  3. Dr Robert ‘Bertie’ Ellis BVSc PhD MRCVS
  4. Mr Edward Gillams BVSc MRCVS
  5. Mrs Catherine Goldie BVSc MVM CertVR MRCVS
  6. Mr Charles Gruchy VetMB MA MRCVS
  7. Mr Christopher House BVetMed MRCVS
  8. Dr Barry Johnson BVSc DVSc (h.c.) MRCVS
  9. Mr Thomas Lonsdale BVetMed MRCVS
  10. Mr David Mason BVetMed MRCVS
  11. Prof Stephen May VetMB MA PhD DEO DVR DipECVS FRCVS
  12. Dr Jonathan Ruben BVM&S PhD MRCVS
  13. Mr Richard Stephenson BVMS CertVR CertEP MRCVS
  14. Dr Christopher ‘Kit’ Sturgess MA VetMB PhD CertVR CertVC DSAM MRCVS

Three veterinary nurses are standing in the RCVS VN Council elections, and VNs may vote for up to two candidates to fill the two available seats.

This year’s candidates are:

  1. Mrs Elizabeth Figg REVN
  2. Mrs Katherine Kissick RVN
  3. Mr Philippe Ramboaniaina RVN

Gordon Hockey, acting registrar at the RCVS.One candidate is a current member of VN council seeking re-election.

Gordon Hockey, acting registrar of the RCVS, said: “If the number of candidates standing is a measure of interest in the elections, the turnout should be higher this year. So please do read the candidates’ manifestos and vote – it’s your chance to say who you think the best people are for the job.”

All votes must be received by 5pm on April 27 and, as in previous years, can be cast online, by post, or by text message. Voting instructions and candidate manifestos are enclosed with the ballot papers.


  • Vets who have not received a ballot paper should contact Ian Holloway (020 7202 0727 i.holloway@rcvs.org.uk) for an official duplicate.
  • VNs missing their ballot papers should contact Annette Amato (020 7202 0713 or a.amato@rcvs.org.uk).
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