Meaning of veterinary in English:


Pronunciation /ˈvɛt(ə)rɪn(ə)ri/ /ˈvɛt(ə)nri/

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  • Relating to the diseases, injuries, and treatment of farm and domestic animals.

    ‘a veterinary nurse’
    • ‘And in these advantages our domestic animals have had due share by the improvement of veterinary medicine.’
    • ‘Many years ago my love for animals steered me toward a career in veterinary medicine.’
    • ‘The Forum discussed the possibility of organising veterinary inspections at the farm prior to departure.’
    • ‘The Swiss-born doctor has been in the forefront of the battle to control veterinary diseases.’
    • ‘Officials from my Department carry out ongoing veterinary inspections at fur farms.’
    • ‘Carol, a student in veterinary medicine, was equally absorbed in her studies.’
    • ‘A 23 year old veterinary nurse presented with a three month history of abdominal pain and diarrhoea.’
    • ‘She is set to emigrate to Australia with veterinary nurse Heather Steadham.’
    • ‘You want to make sure your pet is as healthy as can be and part of dog ownership is to provide your dog with excellent veterinary care.’
    • ‘Would you advocate for or against veterinary intervention when the cat gets worms and if the cat gets injured?’
    • ‘Based on veterinary records, researchers can then see where the disease is spreading and how fast.’
    • ‘It's the veterinary costs that most people worry about though.’
    • ‘UK poisons centres are consulted about an average of 100 human and a dozen veterinary cases each year.’
    • ‘She has now successfully undergone a second operation by the same veterinary and medical team, to replace the cataract in her other eye.’
    • ‘Immersed in medical matters, we forget too easily not only the veterinary but also the wider potential of radiology.’
    • ‘All veterinary and technical aspects are now in place for this market.’
    • ‘The scientists claimed they were pressured to approve veterinary drugs they felt were unsafe.’
    • ‘A condition of entry is that the beef must meet all EU veterinary and hygiene standards.’
    • ‘If you want to find out about the 1967 outbreak, you will have to turn to veterinary or agricultural sources.’
    • ‘A farmhand (a Mr Rawlins) with some veterinary knowledge was asked to come and take the blood.’


  • A veterinary surgeon.

    • ‘In this year's no 22 of the Swedish magazine Ridsport, two Norwegian veterinaries reported on a test they had performed themselves.’
    animal doctor, horse doctor


Late 18th century from Latin veterinarius, from veterinae ‘cattle’.