Do vet moms and vet dads balance their careers differently?

February 5, 2019

Exclusive dvm360 research shows how moms and dads differ-and how they don't-in balancing a career in veterinary medicine.

(Illustration by Roxy Townsend)And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon

Little boy blue and the man in the moon

"When you coming home, dad?" "I don't know when" ...

The days when it was mostly the dads who were bringing home the bacon and missing out on time with their kids have passed, much as Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle" has become a "Oh, remember this throwback?" classic. And we all know that veterinary medicine has become a female-dominated profession. So in the veterinary world, is there much of a difference in how men and women view the experiece of combining their work and their home life? We did a survey and found not many differences in some areas, but a few in others. Take a look:

The right time

 

The beginning

 

The money

 

The day to day

 

Source: dvm360 Work and Parenting Survey, 2018. The survey garnered 1,102 responses with a margin of error of 3%. Data presented here has been filtered to relfect the answers of veterinarians only.

Underlying all of this data is that the balance between work and home is always difficult, no matter your gender. In the dvm360 Leadership Challenge: The Working Parent, you'll find advice from your colleagues who have come through the struggle a little wiser and also look at crazy ways some veterinary practices are making it work for everyone involved. Read the full coverage here.