Nominations are now being sought for candidates to stand in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon Council (RCVS Council) and Veterinary Nurse Council (VN Council) elections. The deadline for nominations is 5pm on 31 January 2013.

"Last year, a record number of veterinary surgeons showed by seeking a seat on RCVS Council that they were willing to help regulate their profession," says Nick Stace, RCVS Chief Executive. "The RCVS needs the efforts of willing vets and VNs to ensure that their professions continue to be well regulated. If you've thought about standing 'someday' - why not make someday now?"

There are six seats due to be filled on RCVS Council, and two on VN Council. Those elected will take their seats on RCVS Day next July, to serve four-year terms. Council members will be expected to spend at least six to eight days a year attending Council and Committee meetings, working parties and subcommittees (for which a loss-of-earnings allowance is available).

Each candidate needs to find two proposers; any veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse (who is not presently on either Council) may propose one candidate for RCVS or VN Council respectively.

Nomination forms, full instructions and guidance notes are available from www.rcvs.org.uk/rcvscouncil13 and www.rcvs.org.uk/vncouncil13.  

For the first time this year the RCVS will organise a webinar-style hustings event for RCVS Council candidates during the election period. This will offer candidates the opportunity to outline his or her manifesto verbally in a live event, with an audio-only recording. It will not be compulsory for candidates to take part, although it is hoped that the event will enable candidates to make their points in a way that will engage a broader range of voters than the paper manifestos alone. 

To help those considering standing for election to either Council to better understand the role of the Councils, and what will be expected of them if elected, the RCVS will also hold a special Meet the RCVS Day on 15 January. This will give candidates and prospective candidates the opportunity to meet the College Officers and senior staff, and find out what goes on behind the scenes. Prospective candidates can contact Fiona Harcourt for more information on f.harcourt@rcvs.org.uk.

(Source: rcvs.org.uk)