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Nominations open for RCVS Council elections
Council members will now only be able to serve a total of three consecutive four-year terms.
Nomination period runs until 31 January 2019

Nominations for the 2019 RCVS Council and Veterinary Nurses (VN) Council elections are now open.

The elections will be the first to be affected by the recent changes to the College’s governance structure, which received ministerial approval in May. This means there will only be three seats available, instead of the previous six.

Council members will now only be able to serve a total of three consecutive four-year terms and, once these have ended, will need to wait at least two years before standing for Council again.

VN Council has also recently agreed changes to its governance and composition, reducing the number of elected members from eight to six. The term of office for VN Council members has been reduced from four to three years and the same three-term limit also applies.

The nomination period for both RCVS and VN Councils runs until 5pm on Thursday 31 January 2019. Candidates for either Council will need to complete a nomination form, submit a short biography and personal statement and supply a high resolution digital photo. Each candidate will also need to have two nominators.

”As always, we would encourage those who are interested in playing a part in some of the current debates around veterinary regulation – whether that’s in regards to telemedicine, the impact of Brexit, the future of veterinary education or professional standards – to consider putting themselves forward for their relevant Council,” said Eleanor Ferguson.

“There are many important issues coming up to be debated and decided upon and we appreciate knowledge, expertise, constructive criticism and insight from a broad range of people from all parts of the veterinary profession.

Guidance notes, frequently asked questions and nominations forms for prospective RCVS Council Candidates can be found at and


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Registrations open for overseas veterinary professionals course

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 Registrations are now open for the RCVS CPD course for overseas veterinary professionals, which covers an introduction to the UK veterinary professions.

The course is aimed at overseas-qualified veterinary surgeons and nurses during their first two years of working in the UK, in addition to those considering working here. It provides graduates with the key information and skills required to practice in the UK, as well as helping them understand their legal duties as veterinary professionals.

For more information and to book your place please click here. The course will be held at Belgravia House, London, on Wednesday 12 June.  

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New online guides provide advice for dog owners

A series of downloadable leaflets for dog owners have been produced by veterinary charity PetSavers in a bid to reduce the temptation to seek advice online.

The series entitled ‘My Dog’s Got’ offers practical information on an array of topics, including ‘My dog has dental disease,’ ‘My dog has itchy skin,’ and My dog has kidney disease.’

The new guides can be downloaded here. Printed versions of the new guides can be ordered by veterinary practices in exchange for a donation to PetSavers.