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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When reached Friday, acting state veterinarian Darlene Konkle said the investigation was still in progress. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baiting and feeding bans initiated due to CWD-positive deer farm in Marinette County," 6 July 2018 That remains a mystery, though veterinarians said dog attacks were happening in other areas as well. New York Times, "Killer Dogs Take 14 Lives. Did Closing Slaughterhouses Play a Role?," 22 May 2018 Clay Humane veterinarian Kali Gennette says Daisy might not have survived if she hadn't been found. Fox News, "Young otter thrives after being rescued in Florida," 5 May 2018 On Tuesday, zoo veterinarians said Moka had recovered enough to go back on exhibit. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Tiger cub Moka recovers, back on display at San Diego Zoo Safari Park," 30 Mar. 2018 That's good advice for all travelers with pets, says long-time Cleveland-area veterinarian Dr. Linda Schoenberg, a past president of the Cleveland Academy of Veterinary Medicine. Susan Glaser,, "Flying with Fido: On your next trip, maybe it's better to leave your pets at home," 26 Mar. 2018 The shelter's veterinarian said he the puppy was beaten, Haynes told The Bee on March 8. Kalin Kipling, sacbee, "Puppy Thomas heals enough to earn his ‘freedom ride.’ Fans are thrilled | The Sacramento Bee," 22 Mar. 2018 Kaya's veterinarian said the two cancers were unrelated. David Lazarus,, "Be ready to fight if a pet insurer, like a people insurer, denies a valid claim," 26 Jan. 2018 State wildlife veterinarian Jim LaCour says people without the right papers could face nearly $2,000 in fines from the two departments. Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, "Penalty could nearly double for hauling feral swine," 20 Jan. 2018

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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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