The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) reminds vets and veterinary nurses (VNs) that 31 January is the deadline for nominations for the 2012 RCVS and RCVS VN Council elections.


Nominations must be made in writing on the prescribed form and received by the RCVS on or before 31 January 2012.


Prospective candidates need to provide the signatures and registered/listed addresses of two proposers, and should also submit a short biography, manifesto and photograph for inclusion in the RCVS News Extra election specials.


Nobody may nominate more than one candidate, and no current member of the RCVS Council or VN Council may make a nomination.


Full details and guidance notes for both elections are available online from the RCVS Council Election page ( and VN Council Election page (


Nomination forms and candidate information forms for RCVS Council may also be requested from Mrs Gabriella Braun (020 7202 0761 or and those for VN Council from Mrs Annette Amato (020 7202 0713 or


Six seats on RCVS Council and two on VN Council are due to be filled in the 2012 elections.

Those elected will take their seats on RCVS Day in July, to serve four-year terms, and will be expected to spend at least six to eight days a year attending Council meetings, working parties and subcommittees (a loss-of-earnings allowance is available).