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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Advertising In Friday’s $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes, Risky Proposition was a late scratch on the recommendation of the track veterinarian. Beth Harris, The Seattle Times, "Racing resumes without incident at Santa Anita," 29 Mar. 2019 Keep this information and a list nearby, or keep the number for your veterinarian and a local emergency animal clinic in your phone or pocketbook. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Sure Your Pets Have a Happy Holiday Too," 12 Nov. 2018 Bringing blankets with the baby’s scent home in the hospital for dogs to smell is a common practice recommended by veterinarians to help pups adjust to new arrivals. Maria Pasquini,, "Baby's First Game! Eva Longoria’s Newborn Son Sports Mini Jersey While Supporting Mexico in World Cup," 23 June 2018 The gorilla was tranquilized by veterinarians and returned to his den. Kate Samuelson, Time, "Lions, Tigers and a Jaguar Escaped From a Zoo and Are on the Loose in Germany," 1 June 2018 Police said the deer had been struck on the highway and a motorist brought the wounded animal to the New England Wildlife Center at 500 Columbian St. so it could be treated by veterinarians. Emily Sweeney,, "Kind motorist gives stricken deer a ride in his car in Weymouth," 11 May 2018 Investigators discovered veterinarians in Lithuania selling sedatives to drug dogs being brought illegally into the U.K., and vets in Poland and Lithuania offering to falsify passports and rabies vaccination records for underage dogs. Mirren Gidda, Newsweek, "The Latest Illegal Business in the U.K. Is Dog Smuggling," 16 Jan. 2018 One of her dogs was seriously injured and taken to a veterinarian; the other ran away and has not been found, police said. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Pedestrian in Ballard killed by driver who failed to stop at stop sign," 28 Aug. 2018 Start cooling measures and take the dog to a veterinarian immediately. Jennifer Williams, Fox News, "The Daily Spike: How to protect dogs from summer heat stroke," 3 Aug. 2018

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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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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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