vet·​er·​i·​nar·​i·​an | \ˌve-tə-rə-ˈner-ē-ən, ˌve-trə-, ˌve-tə-ˈner- \

Definition of veterinarian 

: a person qualified and authorized to practice veterinary medicine

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Most recently, an Indiana veterinarian warned pet owners of another spike in flu cases. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "The Dog Flu Is Spreading Across the Country for the First Time In Years," 16 Aug. 2018 Government veterinarians were dispatched to care for the whale and were joined later by members of a local whale conservancy group. Marilia Brocchetto, CNN, "Whale dies in Thailand after eating more than 17 lbs of plastic," 3 June 2018 Chief Iditarod veterinarian Stuart Nelson brought up the possibility of reducing the maximum number of dogs that mushers can start the race with from 16 to 14. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Iditarod reports no positive dog drug tests in 2018 race," 14 Apr. 2018 Chang said using her Fuzzy Pet Health plan, which costs $420 a year and includes two in-person checkups as well as the telemedicine option, has cut her veterinarian bills by 50 percent. Natasha Mascarenhas,, "Fuzzy doles out pet advice on demand; a boost for Comfy and Hims," 9 July 2018 There are officers that need to be trained, support staff that are needed, vehicles that are needed, veterinarian bills, food., "Starry completes a $100 million funding round," 7 July 2018 About four years ago, when Fizz’s veterinarian prescribed gabapentin for torn bicep and supraspinatus muscles, Gillespie noticed a further positive change in her behavior. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Put your pooch on Prozac? Yes, drugs sometimes can be helpful," 6 June 2018 Sikorsky: One time, one of our workers was at a veterinarian’s office and saw one of those dog funnels. Popular Mechanics, "The Future of American Manufacturing," 23 May 2018 To protect Caesar, doctors from Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital and zoo veterinarians performed the operation. Scott Harrison,, "From the Archives: Meet Caesar, first gorilla born by caesarean section," 27 Apr. 2018

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1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of veterinarian was in 1646

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English Language Learners Definition of veterinarian

: a person who is trained to give medical care and treatment to animals : an animal doctor


vet·​er·​i·​nar·​i·​an | \ˌve-tə-rə-ˈner-ē-ən \

Kids Definition of veterinarian

: a doctor who gives medical treatment to animals


vet·​er·​i·​nar·​i·​an | \ˌvet-ə-rən-ˈer-ē-ən, ˌve-trən-, ˌvet-ᵊn-\

Medical Definition of veterinarian 

: a person qualified and authorized to practice veterinary medicine

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