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 Keep away from pets and small children to avoid a trip to the ER or the emergency veterinarian. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: A Christmas tree that’s unusual but not off-the-wall," 22 Dec. 2020 For Vredenburg, the Portland veterinarian, opening the dialogue helped. Mckenna Ross/, oregonlive, "Oregon tackles the veterinary suicide crisis, starting with the stigma," 10 July 2019 Phone number of your veterinarian, copies of your pets’ medical records and vaccine information, current photos, microchip identification numbers and contact information for local animal shelters. oregonlive, "2021 checklist to prepare your family for an emergency at home or in a public place," 14 Jan. 2021 Your veterinarian or vet technician will thoroughly clean out your cat's ears and apply a topical medication. Star Tribune, "Itching cat might have mites," 8 Jan. 2021 The nonprofit team includes their personal veterinarian Lisa Montoya-Espina and Paul O’Neil, a veterinary tech from Irving. Vincent T. Davis,, "A heart for four-legged friends of San Antonio’s homeless: Couple creates nonprofit to give health care to pet dogs of the homeless," 5 Jan. 2021 Those whose pets have eaten Sportmix products are advised to call their veterinarian, especially if their pets are showing symptoms. CBS News, "Pet food recalled after deaths of at least 28 dogs," 31 Dec. 2020 When Poulsen picked up the phone, the veterinarian for the Medford-area mink ranches told him that several hundred mink had already died. Zoë Schlanger, The Atlantic, "The Mink Pandemic Just Keeps Getting Worse," 23 Dec. 2020 The staff veterinarian assessed both animals afterward and determined Moka has scratches, but no serious injuries. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tiger is killed by another tiger at Alpine’s Lions Tigers & Bears animal rescue," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of veterinarian

1646, in the meaning defined above

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22 Feb 2021

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“Veterinarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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