Women have made great strides in a number of professions, and veterinary medicine is on the forefront of that trend, according to census data. Half of U.S. veterinarians today are women, up from 40% in 2000. Law and dentistry have also seen an uptick in female professionals, as has human medicine, although at 32%, the share of female physicians and surgeons is smaller than in the animal medicine profession. Former AVMA President Dr. Bonnie Beaver said a career in veterinary medicine can often be balanced with personal obligations.

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