Sturgess has served on council as an elected member since 2013. He is currently the chair of the RCVS finances and resources committee, and has been RCVS treasurer for the past three years.
He is also a member of a range of committees and project groups across the RCVS, including the audit and risk committee, the estate strategy project board, the RCVS knowledge board of trustees and the advanced practitioners panel.
Sturgess said: “It was a great honour to be elected as the next junior vice president by my fellow council members.
“I feel that I can make a positive contribution to the work that the RCVS is already undertaking in ensuring the veterinary team remains healthy and respected.”
He added: “In particular, I am keen to look at how the RCVS can help find solutions to our workforce issues – improving retention as well as encouraging and facilitating vets and nurses back into the profession.”
In addition, the current holder of junior vice president, Dr Mandisa Greene, was confirmed as president for 2020-21, and current president, Dr Niall Connell, was confirmed as senior vice-president.