veterinary

adjective
vet·​er·​i·​nary | \ ˈve-tə-rə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce veterinary (audio) , ˈve-trə-, ˈve-tə-ˌner- How to pronounce veterinary (audio) \

Definition of veterinary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, practicing, or being the science and art of prevention, cure, or alleviation of disease and injury in animals and especially domestic animals

veterinary

noun
plural veterinaries

Definition of veterinary (Entry 2 of 2)

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Trade talks under way since July have yielded some progress on cutting nontariff barriers such as certification standards on pharmaceuticals, vaccines and veterinary products, EU officials say. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "As Trade Clash with Trump Looms, Europeans Try to Lie Low," 29 Nov. 2018 His love for animals led to his working in a veterinary clinic, running a pet store and owning Brown K-9 Grooming Salon. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 4/29," 29 Apr. 2018 She is now poised to hold trademarks for senior homes and veterinary services; for batteries, wedding gowns and sausage casings. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "China greenlights large batch of Ivanka Trump trademark applications," 6 Nov. 2018 Animals were kept under collective ownership, but their numbers were limited, while the state supplied veterinary services, winter fodder and a guaranteed market. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s nomadic way of life threatened by climate change, neglect, modernity," 8 July 2018 Only about 10 percent the customers seeking veterinary services are Rwandans, says Dr Septianingrum Lestari, the center’s veterinarian, known as Dr. Arum. Yana Paskova, National Geographic, "Learning to Love Dogs in Kigali," 29 June 2018 To relieve over-crowding the city has dropped the price of adoption to $10 and the price includes a host of veterinary services to make sure the new pet is healthy. Stephen English, star-telegram, "This egret swallowed discarded fishing line. Remember 'Don't Mess with Texas'?," 13 June 2018 The class also included a keeper talk and an hour long behind the scenes tour of areas that are normally closed to visitors like the zoo’s veterinary clinic and zookeeper areas. Kelsey Grey, idahostatesman, "Zoo Boise's penguins feature their artistic talents," 19 June 2018 In-home euthanasia practices work as an adjunct for veterinary clinics. Ace Ratcliff, SELF, "Pet Euthanasia at Home: 6 Ways to Make Putting Down Your Pet Easier on Them—and You," 25 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Half of my monthly credit card statements are full of animal expenses, from organic dog food to prescription veterinary wipes to fabulous outfits. Erin Auerbach, Good Housekeeping, "I'm Too Obsessed With My Pets," 23 July 2015 Pets are being treated in greater numbers for ingesting marijuana, a U.S. veterinary association says. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "‘They stumble around and pee on themselves.’ Pets on pot treated in higher numbers," 12 July 2018 In an interview with WSBT, Dr. Betsy Culp with Seven Oaks veterinary Clinic says Ali probably escaped from her former owner. Indianapolis Star, "Alligator made home in Indiana pond," 11 July 2018 The decision of whether to transfer a chimpanzee to a sanctuary or choose to retire it in place should be based on its individual veterinary, social and behavioral needs. James Gorman, New York Times, "How to Decide Whether Ailing Chimps Get Moved to a Sanctuary," 29 May 2018 Not to mention the negative environmental impact of veterinary and grooming services (among others). Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Are our pooping pets bad for the environment? | Miami Herald," 26 Apr. 2018 Now, Fetch My Vet is taking the hassle out of pet care by providing at-home veterinary services in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach before rolling out to markets nationwide. Nancy Dahlberg, miamiherald, "Customers give this South Florida startup two paws up | Miami Herald," 23 Feb. 2018 Pet care, except veterinary, services Employment growth 2007-2016: 96.4% Employment total: 105,265 Wage growth 2007-2016: 19.8% Avg. USA TODAY, "America’s 25 thriving industries include goat farming, breweries," 26 Dec. 2017 Boarding, feeding and veterinary care generally run to $6,000 and more per year. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Fund helps kids win Chincoteague ponies," 24 July 2017

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First Known Use of veterinary

Adjective

1790, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for veterinary

Adjective

Latin veterinarius of beasts of burden, from veterinae beasts of burden, from feminine plural of veterinus of beasts of burden; akin to Latin veter-, vetus old

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veterinary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of veterinary

: relating to the medical care and treatment of animals

veterinary

adjective
vet·​er·​i·​nary | \ ˈve-tə-rə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce veterinary (audio) \

Kids Definition of veterinary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, specializing in, or being the medical care of animals a veterinary surgeon

veterinary

noun
plural veterinaries

Kids Definition of veterinary (Entry 2 of 2)

veterinary

adjective
vet·​er·​i·​nary | \ ˈvet-ə-rən-ˌer-ē How to pronounce veterinary (audio) , ˈve-trən- How to pronounce veterinary (audio) , ˈvet-ᵊn-\

Medical Definition of veterinary

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: of, relating to, or being veterinary medicine

veterinary

noun
plural veterinaries

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