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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.
: the vet producer of scouting playsnoun
A veteran, esp a former member of the armed forces: I'm a combat vet (1869+)
Veterinary: the vet schoolnoun
A veterinarian (1862+)verb
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]