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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The idea has the support of some veterinarians and animal welfare groups, which say cafe environments put a strain on raccoons. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, "That Raccoon Rooting Through Your Trash Could Be a Big Star in Seoul," 7 Nov. 2018 Untreated, these obstructions can become fatal, explains Gary Richter, veterinarian and author of The Ultimate Pet Health Guide. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Never Let Your Dog Eat a Corn Cob," 20 July 2018 The agency’s biologists and veterinarians have collected samples for study and are working with the University of Florida to determine why the turtles died. Annie Martin,, "FWC investigating deaths of 100 turtles along St. Johns River," 30 May 2018 Two very spacious exam rooms were created and serve a rotating shift of about seven veterinarians and a team of veterinary technical assistants. Sheila Vilvens,, "Pets In Need: Celebrating 5 years of making vet care accessible to low-income humans," 3 May 2018 The cabin is not an official race checkpoint, so it's not staffed by race veterinarians. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Review board upholds Yukon Quest ban of two-time champ from 2019 race," 27 June 2018 Dave Scott, the Carolina Raptor Center's staff veterinarian, considers the link between lead poisoning and gun ammunition to be solid. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Lead poisoned the bald eagle's bloodstream. But here's why she was luckier than some. | Charlotte Observer," 27 Mar. 2018 Companies and the government are struggling over who is eligible for the tax break, and representatives of veterinarians, escrow agents, automobile dealers and franchised businesses pleaded their case at the hearing. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "What’s a Service Business? That’s Now a Multibillion-Dollar Tax Question," 16 Oct. 2018 According to the company's website, the Lurvig collection was designed with the assistance of veterinarian Dr. Barbara Schäfer, who works with product risk assessment at IKEA. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "IKEA Recalls 16,700 Pet Water Dispensers After 2 Dogs Die," 13 July 2018

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1646, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of veterinarian

chiefly US : 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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