The RCVS is now inviting veterinary surgeons to stand as candidates for Council in its 2020 elections.

In next year's election, there are three places on Council for elected veterinary surgeons, with successful candidates serving four-year terms.

The nomination period runs until 5pm on Friday 31 January 2020. In order to stand, candidates need to complete a nomination form, submit a short biography and personal statement and supply a high resolution digital photo. 

Each candidate also needs to have two nominators who need to be veterinary surgeons who are on the RCVS Register but are not current RCVS Council members.

Eleanor Ferguson, RCVS Registrar and Returning Officer said: "As always, we would encourage those who are interested in having their say in some of the key debates in the regulatory sphere, such as our under care review, our policies around the impact of Brexit and our vision for new veterinary legislation, to become a candidate.

"RCVS Council is at its best when it encompasses a broad range of perspectives, experiences and knowledge, and so we encourage people from all areas of veterinary life and all levels of experience to put themselves forward and share their expertise and insight." 

Nomination forms, guidance notes and frequently asked questions for prospective RCVS Council candidates can be found at

Prospective candidates for RCVS Council are welcome to contact the Registrar, Eleanor Ferguson ( and the RCVS CEO, Lizzie Lockett ( for more information about the role of the College and/or RCVS Council.

RCVS Council will also be holding its next public meeting on Thursday 23 January 2020, prior to the closure date for Council candidate nominations. Prospective candidates are welcome to attend the Council meeting as an observer. Contact Dawn Wiggins, RCVS Council Secretary, on if you wish to attend.

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