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November 15, 2010


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Found your article after searching for research on the gender change in veterinarians...
The results were surprising but not nearly as shocking as finding such an enlightened ---and ballsy --- male writing on it. Kudos to you --- and your lucky wife!

Dr Larry

That was the eye opener for me, Janet. The decision about potential salary affects both men and women equally when deciding on a career path according to the research. My own conclusions were a little tongue in cheek obviously. Gender should not be a predictor or an impediment to a successful professional career. I would imagine that we will see more male students applying given the shortage of food animal vets in the heartland. Not that women couldn't do those jobs just as well.

Dr Larry

My "conclusions" were a little on the self deprecating side of things. The are lots of great male vets out there that are caring and really excellent doctors. I hope that young men continue to follow in their foot steps. Rural areas are clamoring for large animal practitioners. In the end your gender really shouldn't matter at all when it comes to career choices.


I've been wondering about this. I suspect you'll get some kick back on your conclusion but it's an interesting thought.

While I've met some very compassionate and helpful male vets, I tend to support women business owners in general when I find them.

I wonder if you'll find a corollary--that women want to support or be around other women. If blog authorship is any indication, it appears that more women take primary responsibility for pets then men.


Hey Dr. Larry-

Thanks for this article.

I have always heard it is that women will "allow" a lesser wage, especially if married and they aren't the sole household provider.

This is a new perspective that I hadn't read or thought of before. Thanks for the food for thought and many good points...! You were brave to put this out there. ;-)


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