Celebrating Great Women In Veterinary Medicine
In honor of Women’s History Month, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has previously announced a list of noted women within the veterinary profession. Of special note to the Goodnewsforpets community is Dr. Mary Beth Leininger, the first woman president of the AVMA and a 2018 Germinder20 Power of Pink Honoree. Dr. Leininger’s story was featured on Goodnewsforpets.
According to an AVMA press release, as recently as 1975, women made up only 5 percent of the profession, with no women serving among AVMA’s officers, executive board or councils, and only one woman serving in AVMA’s 126-member House of Delegates. By 2010 women made up roughly 50 percent of the profession and today, approximately 61 percent of U.S. veterinarians are women, and 6 of the 15 members of the AVMA Board of Directors and 58 of the 140 members of the AVMA House of Delegates are women.
The AVMA noted in its press release it is thankful for these groundbreaking and world-changing veterinarians, and for all of the women who have helped pave the way for the veterinarians protecting human, animal and environmental health today.
With so many veterinarians graduating from veterinary schools today, expect even more fabulous women to make their mark in leadership. – Editor’s note.