veterinarian[vet′ər ə ner′ē ən, ve′trə-]
- The definition of a veterinarian is a doctor who provides medicine and surgery for animals.
The doctor who you bring your dog to for his shots or when he is sick is an example of a veterinarian.
A veterinarian examines a little dog.
Origin of veterinarian; from Classical Latin veterinarius (see veterinary) + -an
- In many jurisdictions, the use of the name veterinarian is restricted by law to persons with specific degrees or licenses.
- veterinary surgeon
- vet tech
From Latin veterinarius (“farrier", "cattle doctor", "veterinarian"), from veterinum (“beast of burden"), from vehiterinum, from veho (“to bear", "to carry")