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RCVS sees record year for council elections

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By Georgina Mills

Record numbers of votes have been cast in the RCVS council elections this year.

Turnout rose to 26.2 per cent for the RCVS council election, compared with 25.5 per cent in the 2019 election and 22.7 per cent the year before.

Three new RCVS council members were elected from eight candidates. Kate Richards topped the poll with 4399 votes, ahead of Richard Stephenson (3943 votes) and Melissa Donald (3807 votes).

Former RCVS president Stephen May (3121 votes) was not re-elected; neither was the current treasurer Kit Sturgess (2816 votes), who earlier this year was elected junior vice president of the RCVS for 2020/21.

In this year’s veterinary nurses’ (VN) council election, the turnout rate was 17.1 per cent, up from 14.5 per cent in 2017 (there were no VN council elections held in 2019 and 2018).

The two newly elected VN council members, from 13 candidates, were Matthew Rendle (1028 votes) and Claire Roberts (839 votes).

Current chair Rachael Marshall did not achieve enough votes to remain on the council, receiving 384 votes.

Eleanor Ferguson, RCVS registrar and returning officer for both elections, said the ‘remarkable’ turnouts would strengthen the college’s governance and maintain the professions’ self-regulatory status.

A new election for the junior vice president role will take place at the June meeting of RCVS council.

The election of a new chair and vice chair of VN council will also take place at their next meeting. ●

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