Female Veterinary Professionals Speak Out About Gender Discrimination

The subject of gender discrimination has become a common one in mainstream culture recently, as well as in veterinary medicine. While gender doesn’t play a role in how well one sutures a wound or diagnoses a lameness, it can sometimes be a factor in how a client interacts with or trusts the opinion of a veterinarian.

Recently DVM 360 asked 77 female equine veterinary professionals (75 DVMs and two equine veterinary technicians) what their experiences have been as a woman in the world of veterinary medicine, both during their education and in the field.

One respondent recalled her interview to get into veterinary school, in which she was asked how long she planned to practice before starting a family. She was also told by an older male veterinarian that it wasn’t worth her time going to vet school because she would eventually leave the profession in order to have and raise children.

Another respondent commented that it was routinely assumed that her male resident-mate was the better horseman, and she also experience preference toward males for surgeries and other challenging cases.

Of the 77 women interviewed, nearly half of them said they had received different treatment than their male counterparts while in school.

Read more at DVM 360

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