Rosalind Woodside – who hails from a farming background – qualified as a vet in 1986.
One of the challenges when Rosalind first began practicing as a vet was for the farming community to accept her, “as a woman coming onto their farm”.
“There were very few women vets in those days and I was first in this area.”
When she took over the practice from her previous boss, she would have been one of the first women to own a veterinary practice, she explained.
Breaking the mould
“Some maybe thought that the women couldn’t do the job as well as the men, but I think a lot of them just didn’t want to see a woman getting hurt because it can be a dangerous job.”
“I think that was their worry, that they didn’t want me getting hurt on their farm, but you just gradually had to keep proving yourself and you were gradually accepted.”
She explained that over the years, she has employed several female vets who have “all faced that same challenge” but have all been determined to overcome it.
“I think women had to always prove themselves more than a man did, but I think they’re well accepted now.”
“I’m very proud of what I’ve managed to do – I don’t like blowing my own trumpet, but I’ve got a very successful business and we’re up to ten or eleven vets now.”