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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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ZSL London Zoo shares animal X-rays

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 A selection of X-ray images showing the inner workings of frogs, turtles, snakes and geckos have been shared by veterinary surgeons at ZSL London Zoo.

Taken as part of a routine health check, the images have been shared as part of ‘Vets in Action’ week - a hand’s on role-playing experience for children that explores the life of a zoo vet.

ZSL London Zoo veterinary nurse Heather Mackintosh said: “It’s great to be able to share the work that goes on behind the scenes at the Zoo to keep our residents in tip-top condition – and our visitors are always amazed to find out more about their favourite animals.” 

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Vets in developing nations given free access to BSAVA’s online library

BSAVA has teamed up with the WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to offer vets in developing nations free access to its online library.

The Association’s ‘Foundation Collection’ is comprised of more than 70 hours of articles, lectures and book chapters covering topics such as basic handling skills, working on a budget and emergency triage. Some of the countries set to benefit include Albania, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania.

Nicolette Hayward, of BSAVA International Affairs Committee said: “Our mission is to promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science, so we are delighted to work with WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to share these high-quality resources to the veterinary profession in low and middle-income countries.”