Our thanks to Mike P for this. Yet another article by a journalist (usually but not always female) refusing to point out the blindingly obvious gendered explanation for the problem at hand, in this case the shortage of young vets willing to work with animals other than family pets. For many years a majority of veterinary medicine students and graduates have been female (as in human medicine). The consequences have been utterly predictable.
An extract from the piece, with J4MB translations in square brackets
Julian Norton, who appears in The Yorkshire Vet, a reality television series based on Herriot’s old practice in Thirsk, North Yorks, said the number of applicants for jobs at rural mixed surgeries – where both farm animals and pets are treated – was in decline.
Instead, graduates [female graduates] are choosing positions in larger practices where they do not have to make difficult decisions on their own or be called out to muddy farms late at night, he said.
“People [women] are turning to surgeries where there are more cats, dogs and rabbits, as there is a general perception that a small animal job is easier,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “There are often less out-of-hours complaints, you don’t have the 2am cow to calve and you don’t have to spend three hours in the mud and rain.
“In mixed practice, you have stretches of 19 days without a day off and 11 nights on call, rain lashing down. People [women] don’t want to do that any more.”
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