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).
Veterinary 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:
- Mr Christopher Barker BVSc MLitt CertVR MRCVS
- Ms Amanda Boag VetMB MA DipACVIM MRCVS
- Dr Robert ‘Bertie’ Ellis BVSc PhD MRCVS
- Mr Edward Gillams BVSc MRCVS
- Mrs Catherine Goldie BVSc MVM CertVR MRCVS
- Mr Charles Gruchy VetMB MA MRCVS
- Mr Christopher House BVetMed MRCVS
- Dr Barry Johnson BVSc DVSc (h.c.) MRCVS
- Mr Thomas Lonsdale BVetMed MRCVS
- Mr David Mason BVetMed MRCVS
- Prof Stephen May VetMB MA PhD DEO DVR DipECVS FRCVS
- Dr Jonathan Ruben BVM&S PhD MRCVS
- Mr Richard Stephenson BVMS CertVR CertEP MRCVS
- 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:
- Mrs Elizabeth Figg REVN
- Mrs Katherine Kissick RVN
- Mr Philippe Ramboaniaina RVN
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.