Biggest turnout for 10 years sees 4,661 veterinary surgeons and 1,329 vet nurses cast their votes in the RCVS council and VN council elections. Successful candidates will take up or resume their seats at RCVS day.

The biggest turnout for 10 years meant 4,661 veterinary surgeons cast their votes in the RCVS council elections.

New face on RCVS council: Thomas Witte.Results of the ballot were revealed last night (April 30, 2013) with 18.8% of those eligible to take part casting their vote by post, text or via the online service.

And the increase in turnout was even greater for the veterinary nurse council elections, where 1,329 (12.5%) of nurses voted – almost double the number who took part last year and the highest turnout ever.

There were few surprises in the vet elections as incumbents Christopher Gray, Peter Jinman, Bradley Viner, Christopher Tufnell and Jeremy Davies were all returned to their seats. Jill Nute did not stand.

But there will be one new face around the council table, with Thomas Witte elected with the highest number of votes of all the candidates (2,251).

The vet nurses followed a similar pattern, with Andrea Jeffery returned to council while newcomer Amy Robinson won her place by polling the highest number of votes (725).

RCVS registrar, Gordon Hockey said: “It’s difficult to pinpoint the reasons for the increase, but hopefully, it’s because increasing numbers of vets and nurses are feeling more engaged with the college.

“We have also undertaken extra communications activities this year, such as the ‘hustings’, which we hoped have helped.”

The council hustings were a new venture for the 2013 elections, with council candidates able to select three questions, submitted by voters, to answer in a live webinar.

  • Successful candidates will take up or resume their seats at RCVS day on July 5.
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