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

Definition of veterinarian

: a person qualified and authorized to practice veterinary medicine

Examples of veterinarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His father, Jack, was a veterinarian; his mother, Grace Leatherdale, was a homemaker. New York Times, 4 May 2022 Besides losing its only veterinarian, the department also lost the public health officer: Hubbard filled both positions. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Apr. 2022 The Highland veterinarian told police X-rays showed a hole through the dog’s skull. Meredith Colias-pete,, 30 Mar. 2022 Earning a college degree was always a key goal for Antommarchi, who plans to become a veterinarian. Annie Martin,, 24 Nov. 2021 When an officer returned to the farm the following month, Judith told the officer one of the horses was euthanized by the farm’s veterinarian. Kristen Griffith,, 3 Nov. 2021 Bird owners are advised to report ill birds or unusual bird deaths to state or federal officials, through their state veterinarian, or by phoning APHIS’ free number at 1-866-536-7593. Serena Coady, SELF, 19 Apr. 2022 Milwaukee County Zoo’s aviary is temporarily closed to protect its birds, senior staff veterinarian Pamela Govett said. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 Report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to state/federal officials, either through their state veterinarian or through the Agriculture Department’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. NBC News, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of veterinarian

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of veterinarian was in 1646

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17 May 2022

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“Veterinarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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

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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