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

Hobson-West, Pru and Timmons, Stephen (2016) Animals and anomalies: an analysis of the UK veterinary profession and the relative lack of state reform. Sociological Review, 64 (1). pp. 47-63. ISSN 1467-954X

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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.

Item Type: Article
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.
Keywords: animals; veterinary medicine; sociology of professions; professional regulation
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > Nottingham University Business School
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-954X.12254
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2016 15:14
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2016 02:54
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/38729

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