The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has announced the results of this year\u2019s RCVS Council election, which saw another year of 'encouraging' levels of participation and turnout.\r\n\r\nThe results, in order of number of votes, are:\r\n\r\n\r\n \tSusan Paterson \u2013 3,976 votes\r\n \tMandisa Greene \u2013 3,819 votes\r\n \tNeil Smith \u2013 3,544 votes\r\n \tJohn Innes \u2013 3,502 votes\r\n \tDavid Catlow \u2013 3,310 votes\r\n \tMatthew Plumtree \u2013 2,677 votes\r\n \tIain Richards \u2013 2,635 votes\r\n \tKarlien Heyrman \u2013 2,487 votes\r\n \tJohn Davies \u2013 580 votes\r\n \tThomas Lonsdale \u2013 542 votes\r\n\r\nDue to the fact that a Legislative Reform Order (LRO) that amends the college\u2019s governance has completed its passage through the House of Commons and House of Lords and is expected to be signed off by the relevant minister to bring it into law, only the first three candidates are expected to take up their posts on council at RCVS Day on 13 July 2018.\r\nEleanor Ferguson, RCVS registrar and returning officer for the election, said: \u201cI would like to thank all the candidates who stood for council this year and would like to, in particular, congratulate Susan, Mandisa and Neil for being re-elected to RCVS Council.\r\n\u201cThe LRO that is likely to be signed off in due course will reconstitute the makeup of council \u2013 with greater lay and veterinary nursing input \u2013 and will also reduce the overall size of council, including the number of elected members. Because of this only the first three \u2013 as opposed to the first six under previous rules \u2013 candidates are likely to be taking up a four-year term at RCVS Day 2018. Our commiserations go out to all the unsuccessful candidates, especially in this unusual transitional year, and we thank them for their participation in this year\u2019s election.\u201d\r\nThe total number of veterinary surgeons who were eligible to vote in this year\u2019s elections was 30,693 of whom 6,967 voted (2,330 by post and 4,637 online) making for an overall turnout of 22.7 percent. The number of votes cast in last year\u2019s RCVS Council election was 6,785 for a turnout of 22.8 percent, while the number of votes cast in the 2016 election was 4,403 for a turnout of 15.6 percent.\r\nAll veterinary surgeons who were eligible to vote received a postal ballot paper and election booklet. Those eligible veterinary surgeons for whom the college holds email addresses were sent an election announcement email with a link to their unique voting site and three subsequent reminder emails with the same link included.\r\nThe results of the election will be formally declared at this year\u2019s RCVS Day \u2013 the College\u2019s Annual General Meeting and awards ceremony \u2013 which takes place at the Royal Institute of British Architects on Friday 13 July 2018.