Voting in the 2020 RCVS Council Election is now open. 

There are eight veterinary surgeons standing in this year’s RCVS Council election, including three existing Council members eligible for re-election and five candidates not currently on Council. They are:

John Davies
Dr Melissa Donald
Dr Tom Lonsdale
Professor Stephen May
Dr Kate Richards
Peter Robinson
Dr Richard Stephenson
Dr Kit Sturgess

Ballot papers and candidates’ details for both elections have been posted to all veterinary surgeons who are eligible to vote. Voters have also been emailed unique links the secure voting websites.

All votes must be cast, either online or by post, by 5pm on Friday 24 April 2020.

All candidates were invited to produce a video in which they answered up to two questions submitted to the RCVS by members of the electorate. The videos received so far have been published on the RCVS website at and on the College's YouTube channel ( The candidate statements and biogs, and the questions submitted by members of the profession have also been published on the vetvote20 page.

Eleanor Ferguson, RCVS Registrar and Returning Officer, said: “With all that is happening currently, we are glad to say that we have been able to continue with business as usual as far as the RCVS and VN Councils elections are concerned, albeit with some minor delays on publishing the candidate videos. 

Those who are eligible to vote in the RCVS Council election but have not received either an email or ballot paper should contact Luke Bishop, RCVS Media Manager, on [email protected]

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