Cure animals

The sexual politics of vets.

In the 1960s, women comprised 10% of the students studying veterinary science. Now 79% of the student population is female—and that means the practice of the profession is shifting according to their preferences. Fifty years ago, most veterinarians looked after large animals that were destined for our plates. Now, 60% of practitioners work only with “companion animals,” that is, pets.

Although it’s not only women who are driving this shift, Murray Jelinski and his colleagues at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine discovered that the more common desire among female vets to cure animals, not just make sure they make it to the abattoir, plays a significant role.

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