A veterinarian is a doctor for animals. When it’s time for your dog to get his shots, you take him to the veterinarian.

A veterinarian is someone who treats, cures, and prevents diseases in animals. If you want to become a veterinarian, start studying hard! Much like a people doctor, a veterinarian must have formal training before practicing — typically 4 years of veterinary medicine coursework after completing an undergraduate degree. The word veterinarian is often shortened to “vet.” You might look at your dog and say, “Time to go to the vet!”

Definitions of veterinarian

n a doctor who practices veterinary medicine

vet, veterinary, veterinary surgeon
horse doctor
a veterinarian who treats horses
Type of:
Dr., MD, doc, doctor, medico, physician
a licensed medical practitioner

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