veterinarian

[vet-er-uh-nair-ee-uhn, ve-truh-]
noun
a person who practices veterinary medicine or surgery.

Origin:
1640–50; < Latin veterīnāri(us) veterinary + -an

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veterinarian (ˌvɛtərɪˈnɛərɪən, ˌvɛtrɪ-)
 
n
Also called: veterinary surgeon a person suitably qualified and registered to practise veterinary medicine

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veterinarian
animal doctor, 1646, from L. veterinarius "of or having to do with beasts of burden," also "cattle doctor," from veterinum "beast of burden," perhaps from vetus (gen. 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 L. vehere "to draw," on notion of "used as a draft animal." Replaced native dog-leech (1529).
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veterinarian vet·er·i·nar·i·an (vět'ər-ə-nâr'ē-ən, vět'rə-)
n.
A person who practices veterinary medicine.

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Example sentences
Steroids weren't helping, so her veterinarian suggested that they do a magnetic
  resonance imaging exam on his lower spine.
She aspires to be a veterinarian and has made good grades in her science-heavy
  coursework as a biochemistry major.
Consult your local professional or veterinarian for further advice.
There is a problem with the way the veterinarian community behaves.
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