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Voting in this year’s RCVS and VN Councils elections has now opened, with veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses able to cast their votes online, by post or by text message. All candidate details and ballot papers have been posted earlier this week so should be landing on doormats imminently.
As previously, the RCVS will make an optional 20p charitable donation on behalf of each person who votes. This year’s chosen charity is the Veterinary Benevolent Fund, which offers support to both veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses.
“The Veterinary Benevolent Fund is very grateful for funds raised through the elections,” says Lydia Brown, President of the VBF. “We appreciate that life in practice can be stressful, and offer support in a variety of ways to veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses.”
Also available again this year is the opportunity for voters to quiz the candidates directly via the online communities at www.vetsurgeon.org and www.vetnurse.co.uk. Questions can be put to the candidates for the first month of the election period.
RCVS Council comprises 40 members: four are appointed by the Privy Council, 12 by the veterinary schools and 24 by direct election. Each member is appointed for a four-year term of office. Every year, six members of Council retire at the Annual General Meeting, though may seek re-election.
In 2011, ten candidates are standing for the six seats available, including six incumbent Council members. The candidates are:
- Jon Bray
- Beverley Cottrell
- Sheila Crispin
- Mark Elliott
- Lynne Hill
- Tom Lonsdale
- David Mason
- Bob Moore
- Adi Nell
- Sandy Trees
RCVS VN Council comprises 17 members: eight elected veterinary nurses, six veterinary surgeon members (including three from RCVS Council), one Lantra representative and two lay members.
Two seats are usually available each year, with each member serving a four-year term. This year an extra seat for a one-year term is available, due to a member retiring mid-term; this will be filled by the third-placed candidate. There are four candidates for the three seats:
- Liz Branscombe
- Tanya Caley
- Liz Cox
- Rachel Smith
All votes must be received before 5pm on 27 April 2011 – a slightly earlier deadline than usual, which takes account of the extra public holiday for the Royal Wedding.
Voting instructions and candidate manifestos are enclosed with the ballot papers. Any veterinary surgeon who has not received their ballot paper should contact Ian Holloway (020 7202 0727 firstname.lastname@example.org) for an official duplicate; veterinary nurses missing their ballot papers should contact Annette Amato (020 7202 0713 email@example.com).