I was taken into one by Maurice, a gnarled old Vietnam vet in a wooly hat.
Instead of gorging on rumors, he would rather see reporters working hard to vet Romney and his positions.
But they take their animals to the vet precisely because they care about their animals.
1862, shortened form of veterinarian.
1848, shortened form of veteran.
"to submit (an animal) to veterinary care," 1891, from veterinarian. The colloquial sense of "subject to careful examination" (as of an animal by a veterinarian, especially of a horse before a race) is first attested 1904, in Kipling. Related: Vetted; vetting.
Veterinary: the vet school
A veterinarian (1862+)
To examine closely; scrutinize critically: Random House plans a review of its procedures for ''vetting'' or checking a book prior to publication/ The hosts are a carefully vetted collection of bubble brains (1904+)
[verb sense fr the close examination of an animal by a veterinarian]