The RCVS has announced the 14 candidates standing in this year’s Council election.

Voting for this year’s election will take place from 15th March until 5pm on Friday 23 April 2021 and the 14 candidates are:

  • Dr Louise Allum MRCVS
  • Dr Danny Chambers MRCVS (incumbent)
  • John Davies MRCVS
  • Dr Matshidiso (Tshidi) Gardiner MRCVS
  • Dr Grant Hampson MRCVS
  • Elizabeth Law-Bartle MRCVS
  • Dr Philip Lhermette FRCVS
  • Peter Robinson MRCVS
  • Dr Ian Sayers MRCVS
  • Dr Huw Stacey MRCVS
  • Dr Kit Sturgess FRCVS
  • Dr Samantha Webster MRCVS
  • Dr Colin Whiting MRCVS
  • Will Wilkinson MRCVS

This year, four candidates will be elected to serve a four-year term.

For the first time, the RCVS Council election will be carried out completely online.

Eleanor Ferguson, RCVS Registrar and Returning Officer for the election, said: “Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the issues that it has caused regarding disruption to the postal service, the RCVS has gained permission from the Privy Council to temporarily amend our Election Scheme, a document that governs how we run our elections, to allow voting to take place entirely online this year. This means that physical ballot papers will not be distributed to veterinary surgeons eligible to vote this year.

“The small number of veterinary surgeons for whom we do not hold an email address will receive a letter with instructions on how to vote online, in addition to their security code to allow them access to their unique voting website. If they need further help there will also be the opportunity for them to call Civica Election Services, which runs the election on our behalf, who will assist them with casting their vote.”

Ahead of the start of the election, the RCVS is also inviting members of the profession to submit one question each for the candidates. The candidates will then be asked to record a short video of themselves answering two of the questions of their choice which will be published when the election starts.

Questions can be submitted by emailing vetvote21@rcvs.org.uk or via the RCVS Twitter account (@theRCVS) using the hashtag #vetvote21.

The full candidate biographies and manifestoes have already been published on the RCVS website and are available to view at: www.rcvs.org.uk/vetvote21

Members of the profession have until Wednesday 24 February 2021 to submit their question.


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