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Gender balance in the veterinary profession
  1. Penny Watson
  1. Queen's Veterinary School Hospital, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ES
  1. e-mail: pjw36{at}

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I REFER to the letters about gender distribution in the veterinary profession (VR, May 28, 2011, vol 168, p 570; June 4, 2011, vol 168, pp 593–594). As one of many individuals involved in veterinary admissions at Cambridge veterinary school, I have sympathy with the sentiments expressed by your correspondents. Before I was directly involved in admissions, I, like Paul Carwardine, also believed that the main reason behind our increasingly female-dominated profession was that girls got better A-level grades and therefore were more successful in gaining veterinary places than their …

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