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Animals and anomalies: an analysis of the UK veterinary profession and the relative lack of state reform

Hobson-West, Pru; Timmons, Stephen

Authors

STEPHEN TIMMONS stephen.timmons@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Health Services Management



Abstract

The sociology of professions literature would predict that the contemporary state would not allow groups to continue unregulated or unreformed. However, this is indeed the case with the UK veterinary profession, with legislation dating back to 1966. Using an interdisciplinary analysis of published literature and reports, this paper assesses whether wider social, political and ethical dynamics can better explain this intriguing anomaly. We conclude with critical implications for the sociology of the professions. Furthermore, we argue that continuing to ignore the veterinary profession, and animals more generally, in sociological research will result in an impoverished and partial understanding of contemporary healthcare and occupations.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 25, 2016
Journal Sociological Review
Print ISSN 0038-0261
Electronic ISSN 1467-954X
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 64
Issue 1
APA6 Citation Hobson-West, P., & Timmons, S. (2016). Animals and anomalies: an analysis of the UK veterinary profession and the relative lack of state reform. Sociological Review, 64(1), https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-954X.12254
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-954X.12254
Keywords animals; veterinary medicine; sociology of professions; professional regulation
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-954X.12254/abstract
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Hobson-West, P. and Timmons, S. (2016), Animals and anomalies: an analysis of the UK veterinary profession and the relative lack of state reform. The Sociological Review, 64: 47–63, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-954X.12254. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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