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

Landers in August 2015 shipped 12 bottles of Super Fecta to a veterinary clinic in Louisiana with the intent to defraud and mislead the customer, according to his plea documents. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Pharmacy owner whose drugs led to doped racehorses admits to peddling unsafe equine drugs," 5 July 2019 Scoop the Poop! educational cards will be available at town clerk offices, veterinary clinics, and pet offices. BostonGlobe.com, "Paddling, quilts, and a citizens academy," 26 June 2019 Since he was rescued earlier this week, the 4-month-old puppy, who was affectionately named La-Z-Boy Gatson (after the recliner and street he was found on), has been receiving proper care and love at a local veterinary clinic. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Puppy Nearly Starves Waiting for Owner After He Was Discarded on Side of Road with Recliner and TV," 26 June 2019 The Great Pyrenees pooch gave birth over the weekend to 16 pups, one at a farm near Eustis, the others hours later at a Leesburg veterinary emergency clinic. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Sweet 16! Great Pyrenees dog gives birth to 16 pups.," 24 June 2019 Later, at the 24-hour veterinary clinic in San Francisco’s Mission District, the staff ran tests and determined Maizey was in no immediate danger. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "Ruh-roh: What happens when your dog gets into your weed stash," 23 June 2019 The dog was treated at an emergency veterinary clinic and released. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman involved in I-94 standoff fought with deputy at hospital, complaint says," 7 June 2019 The building for the would-be club is on a large wooded parcel, bounded on one side by a veterinary clinic and on the other by open land, although across the street is a row of upscale houses on large, semi-rural lots. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Foiled at opening Jackson County swingers club, couple sues township in federal court," 4 Mar. 2018 An unidentified couple believed to be from Switzerland transported a nearby bat, who later tested positive for rabies, to a veterinary clinic. Liz Freeman, USA TODAY, "A bat with rabies in Florida launched an overseas search for a Swiss couple," 26 Jan. 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

 (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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