vet·​er·​i·​nar·​i·​an | \ ˌve-tə-rə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce veterinarian (audio) , ˌve-trə-, ˌve-tə-ˈner- How to pronounce veterinarian (audio) \

Definition of veterinarian

: a person qualified and authorized to practice veterinary medicine

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Before the current outbreak, veterinarians had been warning that the virus was a significant threat to the global pig industry. Vox Staff, Vox, "“Pig Ebola” is spreading uncontrollably in China and Vietnam," 6 June 2019 Under the bill, veterinarians could still perform the procedure for medical reasons, such as infection or injury. Fox News, "New York passes bill outlawing cat declawing, prompting pro-life outcry on state's liberal abortion practices," 5 June 2019 Zoo veterinarians say nearly every gorilla in captivity tests positive for the B. coli parasite in question and Ndume's levels of it very low. Cameron Knight,, "Gorilla Ndume's trip home delayed due to worries over risks, courts asked to decide," 5 June 2019 In both Canada and the U.S., veterinarians get more training in pain medication than their medical counterparts who treat humans. Sandy Bauers,, "Can we relieve suffering, avoid drug misuse - and not become 'opioid phobic'?," 15 June 2018 Every afternoon, veterinarians feed the orphaned, injured, or displaced elephants in an outdoor area with a viewing deck for onlookers some ten feet away. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Safari in Sri Lanka, See Hundreds of Elephants," 24 Apr. 2018 The cause of death initially was reported as a rare muscle disease by the facility after a necropsy (autopsy) by the facility’s veterinarians was completed. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Report: Alia the bottlenose dolphin died of a bacterial infection," 29 June 2018 In an emergency, call a veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center 24-hour emergency hotline at 888-426-4435. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Some of South Florida's most popular plants may be toxic to pets," 14 June 2018 According to Smith, a necropsy is performed by the company’s veterinarians who send all of their reports to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for review. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Activists pursue more information on dolphin's cause of death," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of veterinarian

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


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Kids Definition of veterinarian

: a doctor who gives medical treatment to animals


vet·​er·​i·​nar·​i·​an | \ ˌvet-ə-rən-ˈer-ē-ən How to pronounce veterinarian (audio) , ˌve-trən- How to pronounce veterinarian (audio) , ˌvet-ᵊn-\

Medical Definition of veterinarian

: a person qualified and authorized to practice veterinary medicine

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