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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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  • Mebby, the veterinarian, or the barber, or mebby the colonel himself.

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

    Nobody's Boy Hector Malot
  • "Let us go and see some others," I suggested, touching the veterinarian's arm.

    Nobody's Boy Hector Malot
  • It was the veterinarian who was called first and later the family doctor.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • He persisted until the veterinarian came, sleepily and rebelliously.

    The Year When Stardust Fell Raymond F. Jones
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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