“Where are the female leaders in animal health?”

That was the headline that confronted readers of an online business journal recently.

While the article focused on veterinary pharmaceutical firms rather than the vet profession, it seems reasonable to speculate the writer may have opted for a different line had she visited Vets Now during her research.

The UK’s biggest provider of emergency care for pets, Vets Now has female leaders throughout the business.

We rarely shout about this but looking at the gender gap statistics across the veterinary profession and the wider business world it’s something we should be proud of,” said Lisa Robb, marketing director of the Dunfermline-based business.

Across the UK, just 21% of senior roles are currently held by women — down from 22% in 2015. More than a third, 36%, of British businesses have no women in senior management, which is the highest proportion on record.