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Women in the profession 2. Effects on practice structure and organisation
  1. Christine Shield

    Christine Shield is principal of a one-vet small animal practice in Northumberland. She is a pastpresident of SPVS and a member of the councils of the RCVS, BVA, SPVS and BVHA. She is also current president and joint honorary secretary of the North of England Veterinary Association.


IN the first article in this series (In Practice, July/August 1999, pp 386-389), Christine Shield quantified the dramatic increase in the numbers of women in the veterinary profession in recent years and suggested that one factor in the current manpower shortage is that more women wish to work part time and take career breaks for child-rearing in comparison with their male colleagues. In this article she considers the effects that the increasing number of women in the profession are having on practice structure and organisation in the UK. A summary of the implications for the profession as a whole is given in the box on page 618.

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