Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Voting in RCVS and VN Council elections ends 27 April


The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) reminds veterinary surgeons and nurses that this year there is an earlier-than-usual deadline - 5pm on 27 April - for voting in the RCVS and Veterinary Nurse Council elections, to take account of the extra bank holiday for the Royal Wedding.


Voting papers, candidate information and instructions were posted to all veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses (VNs) in March, and candidate information is also online at www.rcvs.org.uk.  Any vet who has not received voting papers should contact Ian Holloway (i.holloway@rcvs.org.uk or 020 7202 0727); veterinary nurses should contact Annette Amato (a.amato@rcvs.org.uk or 020 7202 0713. Questions may also be addressed to candidates online at www.vetsurgeon.org and www.vetnurse.co.uk.


Votes can be cast online, by post, or by SMS text from a mobile phone.  All must be received by 5pm on 27 April. 


The RCVS will donate 20p on behalf of every vet and VN who votes to the Veterinary Benevolent Fund (VBF), a charity that supports vets, VNs and their families, when facing mental health, financial or similar difficulties.  Further information about the VBF may be found at www.vetlife.org.uk.


"Cast your votes on or before 27 April to make them count," says RCVS Registrar Jane Hern. "The RCVS and VN Council elections are the veterinary professions' chance to have their say as to who should regulate them - so use your votes."


To maintain proper independence from the RCVS the election process is managed by Electoral Reform Services.

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