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)

Examples of veterinary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While many states have allowed veterinary clinics to use telemedicine for routine pet appointments during the coronavirus pandemic, California has largely limited the practice. Aidin Vaziri, SFChronicle.com, "Will California allow more virtual visits between pets and vets?," 18 May 2020 Nowadays, pet owners rarely step foot inside a veterinary clinic to accompany pets for evaluations. oregonlive, "Oregon veterinary clinics resume non-emergency procedures, but pet care is a long way from business-as-usual amid coronavirus crisis," 7 May 2020 If your new pet gets ill and needs to see a veterinarian, locate the nearest emergency veterinary clinic. Michele C. Hollow, New York Times, "A Guide for First-Time Pet Owners During the Pandemic," 6 May 2020 Dental offices and veterinary clinics were among the first to reopen on Friday; offices, construction companies and distribution centers are set for Monday. Rita Price, Cincinnati.com, "Virus cases increase as businesses eye reopening options," 2 May 2020 Dental offices and veterinary clinics can also reopen on Friday. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "How Holcomb's plan to open Indiana compares to neighboring states," 1 May 2020 According to the Ferndale Cat Shelter, a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program is when stray cats are trapped and brought to a veterinary clinic. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Plymouth auto engineer is also fashion designer with unusual mission," 23 Feb. 2020 TeleVet, an online platform that connects veterinary clinics to their existing clients, raised $2 million in seed funding. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Viral Video App TikTok Is Here to Stay," 7 Jan. 2020 Around that time, Jolene started working at a veterinary clinic and saw firsthand the fate of many disabled pets. Lizz Schumer, Woman's Day, "Disabled Pets are Able to Live 'Long, Healthy Lives' Thanks to Heath’s Haven Rescue & Sanctuary Helps Disabled Pups Live Their Best Life," 21 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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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28 May 2020

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“Veterinary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/veterinary. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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veterinary

adjective
How to pronounce veterinary (audio) How to pronounce veterinary (audio)

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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