Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who practices veterinary medicine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A medical doctor who treats non-human animals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One skilled in the treatment of diseases of cattle or domestic animals; a veterinary surgeon. Often abbreviated to vet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who practises the art of treating disease and injuries in domestic animals, surgically or medically.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a doctor who practices veterinary medicine

Etymologies

From Latin veterinarius ("farrier", "cattle doctor", "veterinarian"), from veterinum ("beast of burden"), from vehiterinum, from veho ("to bear", "to carry") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Horrified, she calls the veterinarian and asks what to do.

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  • Our regular veterinarian is an avid pro-lifer and refuses to spay or neuter his patients!

    Spay/Neuter in Spanish

  • I called our veterinarian and made an appointment to bring the kittens in and get their eyes checked.

    Chocolate for a Lover’s Heart

  • "We called our veterinarian team in and they worked intensively over the next 24 hours to try and save her, but unfortunately she succumbed to a toxic infection."

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  • She called the veterinarian listed on the rabies tag, reading to the person who answered both the dog's name, Kenzy, and the tag number.

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  • When Myrick's other goat, Maya, went into labor Sunday morning, she called a veterinarian who specializes in livestock, but he was out of the county on another emergency call.

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  • Many horse owners have had the above scenario happen to them and the same question races through their mind as they call their veterinarian: What do I do until the veterinarian arrives, what caused my horse to colic, and will my horse survive?

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  • I called my veterinarian and found out they wanted $135 to put him down, so I called the other small animal vets in the area to find about their fees, one was $90, one was $143 and the other was

    Payson Roundup stories

  • It's unclear why he didn't call a veterinarian, which is usual in these cases.

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  • “It is important to characterize this because it appears to be a new syndrome, and we don’t truly know how many people may be affected throughout the U.S. or even the world,” said Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, a veterinarian from the disease centers.

    Mystery Disease Among Slaughterhouse Workers « Isegoria

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  • My daughter wants to be an animal doctor, too (not a vet). Totally agree re: real doctors - and where does that leave dentists??

    March 19, 2008

  • Ha! Great poem.

    This word is also what I wanted to be when I was a kid. Actually I wanted to be an animal doctor, not a word.

    Real doctors treat more than one species. :)

    March 19, 2008

  • The Vet's Wife's Refrigerator
    By Baxter Black, DVM

    A scream from the kitchen. The thud of a faint.
    She sighs and arises and walks with restraint.
    Her neighbor lays peaceful, eyes fixed in a stare
    She’s passed out in front of the new Frigidaire.

    She looks at the rack with eggs in its keep
    Winking up at her’s the eye of a sheep.
    There’s a bottle of PenStrep near the Swanson’s Pot Pies
    And down in the crisper’s a bagful of flies.

    The butter tray’s filled with test tubes of blood
    Marked, “E.I.A. samples, from Tucker’s old stud.�?
    High on the shelf near a platter of cheese
    Is a knotted, but leaking, obscene plastic sleeve.

    Fecal containers are stacked, side by side,
    With yesterday’s piece of chicken, home fried.
    The freezer’s a dither of guts, lungs and spleens
    Scattered amongst the Bird's-Eye green beans.

    Her home’s a museum of animal parts.
    Lymphomatous lymph nodes, selenium hearts.
    Enough tissue samples to hold up a bridge
    But why do they always end up in the fridge?

    But she doesn’t worry or turn up her nose,
    She’s the wife of a vet, it’s the life that she chose.
    But maybe he’d worry at lunch if he knew
    He might just be dining on Whirl-Pack stew!

    March 19, 2008