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[vet-er-uh-nair-ee-uh n, ve-truh-] /ˌvɛt ər əˈnɛər i ən, ˌvɛ trə-/
a person who practices veterinary medicine or surgery.
Origin of veterinarian
1640-50; < Latin veterīnāri(us) veterinary + -an Unabridged
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  • I made a sign to the veterinarian that we must pass on to another; he made another sign that he would drive a bargain.

    Nobody's Boy Hector Malot
  • Mebby, the veterinarian, or the barber, or mebby the colonel himself.

  • Fowler's Solution is also given sometimes, but this is a poison and ought not to be administered save on a veterinarian's advice.

    The Airedale Williams Haynes
  • It would be an expense to employ a veterinarian, but that could not be helped.

    Nobody's Boy Hector Malot
  • The nasal douche is employed by the veterinarian in treating some local diseases of the nasal chambers.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
British Dictionary definitions for veterinarian


/ˌvɛtərɪˈnɛərɪən; ˌvɛtrɪ-/
a person suitably qualified and registered to practise veterinary medicine Also called (esp in Britain) veterinary surgeon
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Word Origin and History for veterinarian

animal doctor, 1640s, from Latin veterinarius "of or having to do with beasts of burden," also "cattle doctor," from veterinum "beast of burden," perhaps from vetus (genitive veteris) "old" (see veteran), possibly from the notion of "experienced," or of "one year old" (hence strong enough to draw burdens). Another theory connects it to Latin vehere "to draw," on notion of "used as a draft animal." Replaced native dog-leech (1520s).

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veterinarian in Medicine

veterinarian vet·er·i·nar·i·an (vět'ər-ə-nâr'ē-ən, vět'rə-)
A person who practices veterinary medicine.

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