Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Williams, Arizona
• Horses: 0
The vet/owner I used before I moved (only 100 miles) is male. He does have a female vet that covers most of the office visits for both large and small animals. All of the assistant/technicians have been female.
The vet I plan to use now is male but again all the others are female.
Most nurses in hospitals are female. I do believe there is a genetic based component to the female caring and that I believe is the cause of both female oriented nursing field and vet assistant/technician field.
Large animal vets do not really need a caring component in their makeup to function. Not really that much more than a cowboy that ropes and stretches a cow for medication. Not saying cowboys (or cowgirls) are not caring, just that it's not as required a component as in nursing.
So my take is that since the veterinarian field has shifted more towards owners with pets they cherish, the caring component is more important than in the past, perhaps, and that would explain, at least to some degree, the shift from a male dominated veterinarian field toward being female dominated.
When I was young, myself and other boys roamed the fields and woods with their dogs. With the population shift to urban areas with small yards, busy lives away from home for both parents, ready technology available for babysitting children, many never have the chance to learn what bonding with a dog could/would mean.