Source: dvm360

The Veterinary medicine field exhibits a striking gender disparity, with over 90% of Veterinary students being women globally. However, despite this dominance, women are underrepresented in leadership positions within the industry and in higher education. A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education analyzed data from 720 veterinary schools across 118 countries, revealing that only around a third of executive leaders are women. Wealthier nations and those with higher gender equity tend to have better representation of women in leadership roles.

The study also noted regional variations, with Scandinavia, Russia, and Australia showing higher proportions of female leadership, while Mexico, Central America, and South Asia lag behind. The United States had a proportion level of 0.5, indicating an equal split between male and female leaders. Researchers emphasize the need for continued efforts to address gender disparities in Veterinary medicine and other fields.

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