In the January/February 2015 issue of Veterinary Team Brief, Dr. Dennis McCurnin discussed the shift of veterinary medicine toward a female-dominated profession. In The Changing World of Veterinary Medicine,1 McCurnin reviewed where the field is today and the factors that led to this change. The following article further discusses this shift and its impact on the profession.

Fifty-five percent of veterinarians were female in 2013, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).2 That percentage will continue to grow, because statistics also show that in the same year, 78.6% of veterinary students were female.3,4


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