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Veterinary medicine, previously a male-dominated profession, has experienced a significant
increase in the number of women applying for veterinary colleges. Today approximately
85% of veterinary students are female. Parallel to this development there has been a decline
in the number of graduates entering food supply veterinary medicine careers. More
and more food animal veterinarians, foremost in rural areas, are complaining about their
problems to recruit young professionals for their practice. Feminization as well as the shortage of food animal veterinarians is an international phenomenon. In veterinary practice
and scientific literature it has been discussed if these two trends are related. Extensive
research has been conducted about this subject, mainly in Australia, Canada and the USA.
In this article the existing data have been compared and discussed.