Nominations sought for RCVS and VN councils

Nominations sought for RCVS and VN councils

Veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses can now put themselves forward as candidates in the 2022 elections for RCVS Council and Veterinary Nurses (VN) Council.

Prospective members have until 5pm on Monday 31 January 2022 to put themselves forward as candidates for the elections which again take place online in March and April 2022.

RCVS President Dr Kate Richards said: “I’m on Council for my second term and can reassure any prospective candidates that it is a wonderful experience, both personally and professionally. You will learn new things not only about the College, but also the professions, policy and government; you will have fascinating discussions and debates with colleagues on issues of great importance and consequence; and you will make those important professional ‘connections that count’ with colleagues across the veterinary world and beyond. It is a career highlight.”

VN Council Chair Matthew Rendle added: “This 60th anniversary year for the veterinary nursing profession has been a time to take stock about how far the profession has come and where it is going. One thing I have appreciated is the important role both VN Council and its committees will continue to have in this development process, by making key decisions on areas such as student training and wellbeing, continuing professional development, post-registration qualifications and statuses, and registration of veterinary nurses.

“I would be happy to talk to anyone who might be interested in joining VN Council about its role and how you could contribute both to it, and to the wider profession.”

The full eligibility criteria for veterinary surgeons who wish to stand for RCVS Council can be found on its dedicated elections webpage where prospective candidates will also find further information about the role of the RCVS, RCVS Council and RCVS Council members, guidance notes, and frequently asked questions about standing as a candidate.

Prospective candidates for RCVS Council can also contact RCVS President Dr Kate Richards for an informal conversation on what it means to be an RCVS Council member on, while prospective VN Council candidates can contact Matthew Rendle on