3 sexist comments female veterinarians have heard at work

3 sexist comments female veterinarians have heard at work

We asked female associates what folks have said to them, and we’re sorry to hear that clients and colleagues still say this stuff in 2015.
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Oct 10, 2015

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Have you ever been stunned by a sexist comment at work that made you think to yourself, "What year is it?" If you've had a moment when you couldn’t believe your ears, anonymously share it in the comments below to help bring attention to the problems facing women in the profession.

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Sexist Comments in Pre-Vet Experience

I vividly remember a vet tech who was training me in my first vet assistant position telling me that the head vet "doesn't like women." As a woman, that was not a welcoming comment. It also colored my perceptions of the clinic and its staff and was just one of many reasons I chose to leave after a month of work. The head vet was an angry man who belittled all of his employees but I'm still not sure if he was really sexist or if the discontent among his staff was so strong that a seasoned tech thought it was fair game to poison the well.

Sexism in the veterinary workplace

I and other local female equine veterinarians have major problems with a local equine referral practice. For over 15 years I personally have heard comments from various associates and partners (often made to shared clients) questioning my licensure status (always current), mental competency (so far no problems that I can tell), and professional credentials (a Boarded graduate of a US veterinary school nearly 30 years ago). One veterinarian in the practice actually had a temper tantrum in the parking lot of a barn after finding out another female (also Boarded) colleague was looking at a horse at a barn he traditionally considered 'his'. Trying to initiate discussion or dialogue with any of us local female practitioners only results in more name calling. It's frustrating - and coming from the only local practice with adequate inpatient surgical and hospitalization facilities, this 100% male-associate practice's lack of willingness to work well with local female veterinarians in general, much less Boarded specialists, compromises the overall ability for many of us to provide high quality of care for shared clients and patients. It also makes their representation of veterinary medicine look like it should belong in a 1800's history book.