This talk will examine the history of women studying veterinary medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). While women today represent a sizeable proportion of veterinary practitioners, for much of the twentieth century veterinary medicine was a male dominated profession. This dominance extended to the veterinary schools, which acted as professional gatekeepers. As Canada’s oldest continually operating veterinary school, the OVC was both central to the process of professional gatekeeping and was also a key site for the training of women veterinarians. Women applying to OVC faced admission practices that favoured male applicants and those women who were accepted to the OVC were met with the masculine culture of veterinary medicine. Despite these difficulties, women actively and successfully pursued veterinary training at the OVC, including in areas such as large animal medicine for which they were widely believed to be unsuitable.
Speaker: Kevin Woodger a holds a PhD from the Department of History at the University of Toronto. His areas of research include the history of veterinary medicine in Canada as well as the history of childhood and youth.
Note: The Toronto Branch OGS Annual General Meeting will be held at 7:00 pm. A Zoom registration link for the AGM will be emailed to members.