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Female vets face ‘outright discrimination’

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By Suzanne Jarvis

Female vets in the UK often face ‘outright discrimination’ from both colleagues and clients, research published online this week in Vet Record has shown.

The observational study found that women were not rising up the professional hierarchy, which, according to the researchers, raises questions about succession planning for the profession now that three-quarters of veterinary graduates in the UK are female.

The study comprised of semistructured interviews of 75 vets – 39 men and 36 women – of varying experience, aged between 25 to 63, and across small and large animal and equine practice. The interviews were designed to encourage the participants to talk …

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