Definitions for veterinarianˌvɛt ər əˈnɛər i ən, ˌvɛ trə-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
vet•er•i•nar•i•anˌvɛt ər əˈnɛər i ən, ˌvɛ trə-(n.)
a person who practices veterinary medicine.
Origin of veterinarian:
veterinarian, veterinary, veterinary surgeon, vet(noun)
a doctor who practices veterinary medicine
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
veterinarian(noun)ˌvɛt ər əˈnɛər i ən, ˌvɛ trə-
sb whose job is to treat animals that are ill or injured
A medical doctor who treats non-human animals.
Origin: From veterinarius, from veterinum, from vehiterinum, from veho
one skilled in the diseases of cattle or domestic animals; a veterinary surgeon
A veterinary physician, colloquially called a vet, shortened from veterinarian or veterinary surgeon, is a professional who practices veterinary medicine by treating disease, disorder, and injury in non-human animals. In many countries, the local nomenclature for a vet is a regulated and protected term, meaning that members of the public without the prerequisite qualifications and/or registration are not able to use the title. In many cases, the activities that may be undertaken by a veterinarian are restricted only to those professionals who are registered as vet. For instance, in the United Kingdom, as in other jurisdictions, animal treatment may only be performed by registered vets, and it is illegal for any person who is not registered to call themselves a vet or perform any treatment. Most vets work in clinical settings, treating animals directly. These vets may be involved in a general practice, treating animals of all types; may be specialized in a specific group of animals such as companion animals, livestock, zoo animals or horses; or may specialize in a narrow medical discipline such as surgery, dermatology or internal medicine.
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