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

Examples of veterinarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the baby whale appeared to be swimming normally with its mother more than a week after its wounds were noted, said Nollens, the head veterinarian for SeaWorld. Washington Post, "Wounded baby whale gets antibiotic shot to improve grim odds," 16 Jan. 2020 The veterinarian said both had died from lack of water, according to the report. Arkansas Online, "Arkansas woman, 38, arrested in animal cruelty case; more than 40 animals removed from 'deplorable' conditions, officials say," 24 Dec. 2019 After the news broke that the veterinarian had been raped and killed, protests erupted across India., "None of this happened in an isolated part of India or in some tough, broken place. It happened on the busy outskirts of one of India’s most up-and-coming cities: Hyderabad.," 22 Dec. 2019 The dog was microchipped and wardens are waiting to hear back from the veterinarian for any leads. Sarah Brookbank,, "Sheriff: 'Severely emaciated' dog found in Butler County park had to be euthanized," 10 Dec. 2019 The 39-year-old veterinarian, a former state regulator in both Kentucky and California, is already a familiar presence on the backside at Churchill Downs. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Making people mad is part of the job for Churchill Down's new medical director," 26 Nov. 2019 The state last sprayed mosquitoes in 1980, though communities have sprayed locally to fight outbreaks of the West Nile virus and to control mosquitoes as a nuisance, said Dr. Mary Grace Stobierski, the state’s public health veterinarian. David Eggert, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Michigan will spray in fight against deadly mosquito virus," 27 Sep. 2019 The veterinarians here have been vaccinated for rabies, but we technicians, who do most of the actual animal handling, haven’t. Author: Lynne Curry | Alaska Workplace, Anchorage Daily News, "What recourse do I have when my employer puts me in harm’s way?," 30 Dec. 2019 The veterinarian may prescribe an anti-anxiety medication. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Fireworks might make the fur fly!," 28 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of veterinarian

1646, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2020

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“Veterinarian.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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