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