veterinary

adjective
vet·​er·​i·​nary | \ˈve-tə-rə-ˌner-ē, ˈve-trə-, 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)

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The island currently houses a veterinary institute. Joanna Sugden, WSJ, "Danes Spar Over Island to House Deportees," 4 Dec. 2018 Industry officials and the European Commission said the agreement could be expanded to include vaccinations and veterinary medicines, two areas highlighted by EU officials as ripe for potential deals. Emre Peker, WSJ, "U.S., EU Trade Teams Seek Fast Results and Big Savings," 21 Oct. 2018 Static buildup in their fur is another likely explanation, says Nicholas Dodman, a veterinary behaviorist at Tufts University and chief scientific officer at the Center for Canine Behavior Studies. National Geographic, "Why Your Dog Freaks Out During Thunderstorms—And What to Do," 28 Apr. 2018 The veterinary staff examined the dog and noticed swelling around her elbow. Myah Ward, charlotteobserver, "Copperhead bites 9-year-old pit bull in Matthews," 5 July 2018 Edibles are another matter, but again, there’s little medical (or in this case veterinary) professionals can do to stop a high. Dan Adams, BostonGlobe.com, "21 questions answered about legal marijuana in Massachusetts," 21 June 2018 Last year Mars bought veterinary and dog day-care company VCA Inc. for $7.7 billion. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Mars Expands Pet-Care Business With Purchase of Veterinary Firm AniCura," 11 June 2018 Afterward, Kingsley sent Max to a local veterinary hospital for overnight care. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, "Ohio dog rescue working hard to save San Antonio dogs," 25 May 2018 The dog is being treated by veterinary and shelter staff at its Mackey Center for Animal Care on Chrysler Drive in Detroit. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "Dog found with leg amputated with garden shears, kitchen knife," 26 Apr. 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 \

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

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veterinary

adjective
vet·​er·​i·​nary | \ˈvet-ə-rən-ˌer-ē, ˈve-trən-, ˈvet-ᵊn-\

Medical Definition of veterinary 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being veterinary medicine

veterinary

noun
plural veterinaries

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