The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has announced the results of its 2014 elections, which this year see an even split of new faces elected and existing members reinstated to both the RCVS council and VN council.

On RCVS council, three of the six seats available have gone to:

  • current president Neil Smith (1,687 votes),
  • incoming standards committee chairman David Catlow (1,656); and
  • vice-president Jacqui Molyneux (1,304).

Then, from July 11, which is RCVS Day, three new faces will join:

  • mental health advocate David Bartram (1,674),
  • dermatology specialist Susan Paterson (1,496); and
  • small animal vet Mandisa Greene (1,296).

Over on VN council, the two available seats were taken by existing member Hilary Orpet (611 votes) and new member Amber Richards (371).

Also, following the all-male list of candidates for the 2013 RCVS council elections and the resulting record number of women standing in 2014, half of the successful RCVS council candidates this year are women, two of whom have been elected for the first time.

However, overall turnouts in both elections fell, said the RCVS, with 4,137 (16.1%) veterinary surgeons and 1,157 (10%) veterinary nurses voting, compared with 4,661 (18.8%) and 1,329 (12.5%) last year, and 10-year averages of 3,927 (17.4%) and 869 (9.9%), respectively. However, online voting increased in 2014, with 32% of veterinary voters and 25% of VN voters visiting the new election microsites, compared to 29% and 17% in 2013.

RCVS registrar Gordon Hockey said: “It was always going to be tough to beat last year’s record turnout, even with a record number of candidates standing this year, but it’s encouraging that voter numbers are still the third highest in the past 10 years.

“I’d like to be among the first to publicly congratulate all the successful candidates this year, and to encourage those who weren’t successful this time to stand again in the future. I’m very much looking forward to working with our three new RCVS council members and, at the same time, I’m delighted the profession has returned three existing members to their seats, enabling them to continue their work for the college.”

Chairman of VN council Kathy Kissick said: “Many congratulations to Hilary, who has been returned to the VN council for the third time running, and to Amber, who I’m looking forward to welcoming in July. Hilary’s experience and Amber’s fresh input will, I’m sure, combine to provide an excellent contribution to our ongoing work.”

For more information including the results in full, visit the RCVS website.

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