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)

Examples of veterinary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Privacy - Terms The beagle's owner took her wounded dog to the veterinary clinic inside the PetSmart. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Violent confrontation between pit bull and beagle takes a deadly turn at PetSmart," 6 July 2018 In Need, a nonprofit veterinary clinic in Lockland, provides health care to pets whose owners are facing financial difficulty. Marilyn Icsman, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio House: No more gas chambers for pets," 21 June 2018 Some do not house animals but partner with local veterinary clinics or animal shelters that agree to put up the critters temporarily. Washington Post, "Little by little, domestic violence shelters become pet-friendly," 15 June 2018 The male dog was taken to an emergency veterinary clinic Thursday night, and then to Anchorage animal control, Atwood said, where the agency's veterinarian looked at him and verified that the animal was doing OK. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Dog rescued after being hung from fence is doing well, Anchorage animal control says," 5 June 2018 This includes dogs in boarding kennels, day care centers, shelters, dog shows, veterinary clinics, pet stores, grooming parlors, etc. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, "As Dog Flu Spreads from Brooklyn into Manhattan, N.Y.C. Veterinarians Issue Urgent Warnings to Pet Parents," 29 May 2018 Urke, who works at a veterinary office, said Clark caused $3,300 worth of damage to the house, which her landlord is making her pay. Anita Chabria, sacbee, "Police were called to handle an escalating mental-health crisis. This is why they backed off | The Sacramento Bee," 20 May 2018 The dog was taken to an emergency veterinary clinic in Mokena where his wounds were cleaned and treated. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Husky shot in Chicago 2 years ago is now training to become a therapy dog," 10 May 2018 Tribal officials carried it to a truck and used a long-sleeved, white T-shirt to keep it warm for the trip to a veterinary clinic 45 minutes away. CBS News, "Nearly 200 horses found dead amid Southwest drought in Arizona," 6 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Some dog and cat owners are swapping hard-plastic, post-surgical veterinary cones with softer contrivances that can resemble airplane neck pillows. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Guilt-Wracked Pet Owners Try Making the ‘Cone of Shame’ More Comfortable," 16 June 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

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: 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, ˈve-trən-, ˈvet-ᵊn-\

Medical Definition of veterinary 

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: of, relating to, or being veterinary medicine

veterinary

noun
plural veterinaries

Medical Definition of veterinary (Entry 2 of 2)

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