The RCVS has announced the candidates standing in the 2020 RCVS Council elections.

Eight veterinary surgeons have put themselves forward to compete for the three available places. They are:

  • John Davies MRCVS
  • Dr Melissa Donald MRCVS (incumbent)
  • Dr Tom Lonsdale MRCVS
  • Professor Stephen May FRCVS (incumbent)
  • Dr Kate Richards MRCVS
  • Peter Robinson MRCVS
  • Dr Richard Stephenson MRCVS
  • Dr Christopher (Kit) Sturgess FRCVS (incumbent)

The RCVS has uploaded each of the candidates’ biographies and election statements on to its website, at:

The elections will start from Monday 16th March when the ballot papers and candidates’ manifestos will be posted and emailed to all members of the profession who are eligible to vote.

All votes, whether postal or online, must then be cast by 5pm on Friday 24 April 2020. 

As with previous years, the RCVS is also inviting members of the profession to get a better idea of why each candidate is standing by taking part in 'Quiz the candidates' and submitting a question which will then be put directly to the candidates.

Each candidate for both elections will be invited to choose two questions to answer from all those received, and produce a video recording of their answers.

Recordings will be published on the RCVS website and YouTube channel ( on the week the election starts.

The College says only question per person is allowed, and any which it deems offensive, inappropriate, misleading, libellous or otherwise unlawful will not be distributed to the candidates. 

Vets should email their question to or send it to the College’s Twitter account @theRCVS using the hashtag #vetvote20 by midday on Friday 28 February 2020.


With the veterinary profession facing two of the biggest regulatory changes seen in most people's lifetimes, namely changes to the rules over remote prescribing without performing a physical examination and a possible change to the standard of proof used in disciplinaries, there has never been a more important time to make sure that practising veterinary surgeons are properly represented on Council. Nor has there been a time I can remember when a protest vote would represent such a shocking waste. Don't forget, you don't need to use all your votes. Use them wisely.

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