veterinary

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

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)

Examples of veterinary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For example, the pet food and supply store of the future may have a veterinary clinic in it, or an animal rescue and adoption agency, or both! Greg Petro, Forbes, "Is Retail’s Future In Bits Or Bricks? Yes!," 16 Apr. 2021 The resident said Bonnie’s injuries required more than $715 in veterinary care. John Benson, cleveland, "After Sassy bites Bonnie, Seven Hills owner cited for dogs at large: Seven Hills Police Blotter," 21 Apr. 2021 The list of eligible occupations includes a wide range of health care occupations, animal health technologists and veterinary technicians, and occupations in education, law and social, community and government services. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, "Essential Foreign Workers Key To Pandemic Relief And U.S. Recovery," 19 Apr. 2021 The facility has separate rooms for adoption meet-and-greets, surrendered animals and veterinary care. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Grapevine set to unleash new animal shelter," 24 Mar. 2021 Cats who partake of lilies need immediate veterinary care lest total kidney failure occur. Steve Bender, Southern Living, "Six Deadly Plants for Dogs and Cats," 22 Mar. 2021 But as the crisis drags on, the groups have broadened their mission, providing Wi-Fi routers so students can access school, mental health counseling and even veterinary care to pets belonging to low-income people. New York Times, "How Neighborhood Groups Are Stepping In Where the Government Didn’t," 3 Mar. 2021 Many travelers bring along furry companions to Palm Beach and as any pet owner knows, there are myriad potential problems that might require veterinary assistance. Beth Landman, Forbes, "Insider Tips For A Palm Beach Visit," 7 Apr. 2021 The site goes on to explain that Geordie is involved in several hundred cases a year on issues ranging from resolving minor animal control violations to significant product defect, human injury, and veterinary malpractice suits and injury cases. Scott Carroll, oregonlive, "Former Oregon city official embroiled in dispute over therapy chickens," 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The school, best known for its veterinary, nursing, and video game design programs, has struggled financially for years and trustees said the COVID-19 pandemic dealt the final blow. BostonGlobe.com, "Becker College to close this spring," 20 Mar. 2021 Luna was taken to an emergency veterinary clinic and died there, according to police. Star Tribune, "Suspect dead after Duluth standoff ends with gunfire," 26 Feb. 2021 But the report also dings the sanctuary for the apes’ limited access to that space and for its relatively inexperienced veterinary and care staff. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "Chimpanzee sanctuaries are under fire. Can a new science-based tool improve ape welfare?," 2 Dec. 2020 FirstVet, a Swedish digital veterinary clinic, raised $35 million in funding. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "An unminted Black unicorn," 20 Nov. 2020 The tests are performed in a new lab set up in Cornell’s renowned veterinary college, under the purview of Kotlikoff, a former vet school dean. Emma Court, Bloomberg.com, "Cornell Chalks Up Rare Covid-19 Containment Victory," 28 Oct. 2020 New Zealand, a major exporter of velvet antlers from red deer and elk, requires antler cutting to be done by a certified veterinary worker who must apply a local anesthetic, use disinfected instruments, and prevent blood loss with a tourniquet. Alec Luhn, National Geographic, "World’s largest reindeer herd targeted by poachers for antler velvet," 12 Aug. 2020 At about the same time, a former Companion Pet Clinic employee filed a 79-page complaint with the Oregon veterinary board that accused Koller of abusing pets in his care and bungling surgeries. oregonlive, "Dr. Daniel Koller, Oregon veterinarian with checkered past, is treating pets again – and getting more complaints," 14 Oct. 2019 Track operators, in conjunction with the CHRB, have instituted many veterinary and safety reforms in the state. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "CHRB commissioner gives up horse owner’s license after criticism from Gov. Gavin Newsom," 3 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of veterinary was in 1790

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“Veterinary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/veterinary. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being veterinary medicine

veterinary

noun
plural veterinaries

Medical Definition of veterinary (Entry 2 of 2)

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