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RCVS reveals this year’s election candidates
Voting is expected to open on Monday, 11 March.

Seventeen vets and vet nurses are standing.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has announced details of the candidates standing in the upcoming elections for RCVS Council and VN Council.

There are 14 candidates standing for the three available positions on RCVS Council:

  • David Barrett
  • Sinéad Bennett
  • Mark Bowen
  • Richard Brown
  • Paddy Gordon
  • Gerard Henry
  • Peter Higgins
  • Zara Kennedy
  • Thomas Lonsdale
  • Penelope Morgan
  • Kate Richards
  • Richard Sanderson
  • Sally Schroeder
  • Lara Wilson

Biographies and election statements for each of the candidates can be read on the RCVS Council election website.

Three candidates are in the running for the two available places on VN Council:

  • Susan Howarth
  • Stuart Bobby Miller
  • Kirsty Young

Biographies and election statements for each of these candidates can be read on the VN Council election website.

Pending government approval of an amendment to the Election Scheme, the voting period is expected to begin on Monday, 11 March.

In preparation, members of the professions are invited to send questions for the candidates to answer. Veterinary surgeons can submit a question for the RCVS Council candidates by emailing and veterinary nurses can submit a question for the VN Council candidates by emailing by 29 February.

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