Fewer male students enrolling in veterinary school

November 29, 2010

Once a male-dominated profession, veterinary medicine is attracting more women. Of the 114 students who entered the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College this fall, 87% are women. "There's something about the presence of women (in the classroom) that serves as a deterrent," says one US sociologist, whose research observes that for every 1% increase in women in veterinary college, about 1.7 fewer men apply the following year. Some argue that lower salaries for graduating vets in comparison to doctors or MBA grads make the profession less attractive to men. One male vet interviewed by the Toronto Star says he believes men are held back because their grades are not high enough. Toronto Star