MS. VETERINARIAN by Mary Price Lee

MS. VETERINARIAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

On the topics of acceptance, courses, jobs, and specialties, Lee offers a wordy version of the usual advice and information to be found in veterinarian career books (see Stilley, p. 1106, J-358) but she omits the individual cases in animal care that vivify the picture. And the feminist angle is blurred as Lee never hits on a consistent viewpoint between bland encouragement (""One woman is assistant director of laboratories in the health department of a large city""--hardly proof of equality) and resigned realism (""And because you are a girl, it's a good idea to adopt as your slogan, 'I try harder'""). This confusion becomes downright self-contradictory when on one page she emphasizes in italics that women are as capable and well-equipped as men except for roping a steer, a farmhand's job, and on the next acknowledges ""some truth"" to the statement that veterinary practice requires physical strength, which puts women at a disadvantage. Muddy.

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 1976
Publisher: Westminster