The RCVS has announced the results of this year's Council elections. 

There were ten candidates for the three available places.

6,087 veterinary surgeons voted, representing a 16.7% turnout. 

This continued a decline seen since 2020, when there was a 26.2% turnout. 

Alice McLeish scored 3,465 votes, Linda Belton 2,725 and Tim Hutchinson 1,571 votes.

Eleanor Ferguson, RCVS Registrar and Returning Officer for both elections, said: “Congratulations to all our successful candidates in this year’s elections and thank you to all those who stood for election this year.

"We look forward to welcoming our successful candidates to their elected places at this year’s AGM.

“While the turnout for the VN Council election improved slightly on last year, it was a shame to see the turnout for vets fall again.

"As part of our wider Council culture project, we are looking at how to increase engagement with our election processes across the board, from candidate nominations, to how we present information about the candidates, to how we encourage greater election turnout.

"We will be consulting with the group set up to look specifically at this issue in due course to see how we can improve turnout going forward.”

The full results for the RCVS Council election can be found at

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