Main definitions of vet in English

: vet1vet2

vet1

noun

British
  • A veterinary surgeon.

    • ‘But the figures, revealed to Channel Four News by senior vets, will fuel anger among farmers who feel their healthy animals were slaughtered for no reason.’
    • ‘They're also packed with information about the world of veterinary medicine, especially the brand practiced by those vets who specialize in large animals.’
    • ‘They also work with local vets, the RSPCA and local kennels, assisting dog and cat owners in the care and re-homing of their animals.’
    • ‘This will allow the vet to insure the dog's health as well as test for parasites that may be there.’
    • ‘The dog was taken in by the RSPCA where a vet also discovered an elastic band embedded into its neck.’
    • ‘Richard Gowshall, a vet at the Eastcott Veterinary Clinic, was shocked to hear Daisy had given birth to another 14 puppies.’
    • ‘Once the commission is persuaded, it might make a proposal to the European Standing Veterinary Committee, an organisation made up of professional vets from each of the member nations.’
    • ‘The NFU has told MPs that action is needed to staunch the flow of vets away from private farm animal practices into pet care as a result of the farming crisis.’
    • ‘He reported the case immediately to the local veterinary station and two vets came to the farm within half an hour to find another 200 ducks had died.’
    • ‘Your vet or veterinary nurse will need to write a small description of the weight loss programme and send the entry off by the closing date of October 13, 2000.’
    • ‘If your dog is old or in poor health, check with your vet before increasing exercise.’
    • ‘A genuinely sick or orphaned fledgling should be taken - along with a detailed note of where it was found - to your nearest vet or RSPCA centre for treatment.’
    • ‘A vet recruited by the RSPCA said she couldn't be 100 per cent sure what led to the death but remains convinced that the dog was dead before it was put into the water.’
    • ‘The spokesman said the animals were inspected by the RSPCA and a government vet.’
    • ‘A lot of vets have business relationships with other clinics, even if only an emergency vet.’
    • ‘Make sure to talk to your vet before using one of these hairball remedies for long periods of time though.’
    • ‘We took him to the vet and the vet said, ‘Look, you've got to put him on a diet’.’
    • ‘Most vets agree spaying and neutering should be done not sooner than 6 months of age.’
    • ‘A group of 30 homeopathic vets, in a letter to the Veterinary Times, said many vaccinations lasted for years and did not require an annual booster.’
    • ‘If the vets haven't managed to isolate a physical cause for Booger's behaviour then it could be time to start looking at psychological reasons for his behaviour.’
    animal doctor, veterinary surgeon, vs, horse doctor
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Make a careful and critical examination of (something)

    ‘proposals for vetting large takeover bids’
    • ‘In his 25 years in banking, former EBS general manager Michael Keane vetted many proposals from firms looking for money.’
    • ‘The first is ensuring that everything about the move is vetted carefully by all major relevant actors.’
    • ‘She liked to surround herself with attractive people and her portraits were carefully vetted to make sure that no physical flaws were ever revealed.’
    • ‘Mr J was to receive a ‘carefully and independently vetted account of the conclusions to be drawn from the risk analysis.’’
    • ‘Representatives of the American government, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund vet every potential oil contract.’
    • ‘It has further requested that it be allowed to vet any transcript of their evidence before it is made public - apparently to protect the identity of their agents.’
    • ‘Jenner growled at her listeners, described some of the women who rang in as ‘stupid’ and criticised producers for vetting her calls.’
    • ‘Historically, the elected Council has been responsible for reviewing rule changes and vetting resolutions that come before the membership.’
    • ‘Becker vetted the lists, using them as a starting point for future research questions.’
    • ‘The government's Film Bureau vets scripts, decides when, and if, the finished films can be screened, and whether they can be shown at foreign film festivals.’
    • ‘This committee will vet forex loan proposals in excess of $500 million, and give its view to the central bank on the merits of the same.’
    • ‘Now City of York Council says it recognises it was ‘not ideal’ to advertise free parking, and it will vet such adverts more carefully in future.’
    • ‘They are too busy vetting serious proposals to schmooze with interesting companies that might not need cash right now.’
    • ‘Even so, architects are carefully vetting developer agreements in hopes of deflecting litigation.’
    • ‘I do get fan mail, but my agent vets it all before it comes to me, so I only get the nice stuff.’
    • ‘They didn't vet the story the way they should have.’
    • ‘In addition, Alliance retains legal counsel to vet its business practices, including diversity initiatives.’
    • ‘Miller and her editors not only admit that the military vetted her story, they virtually boast of it.’
    • ‘Complaints about alcohol advertising halved in 2003 following the introduction of the Central Copy Clearance system, which vets drinks ads in advance of their release.’
    • ‘I was under the impression that all questions were vetted by you before they went on to the Order Paper.’
    screen, assess, evaluate, appraise, weigh up, examine, look over, review, consider, scrutinize, study, inspect
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    1. 1.1British Investigate (someone) thoroughly, especially in order to ensure that they are suitable for a job requiring secrecy, loyalty, or trustworthiness.
      ‘each applicant will be vetted by police’
      ‘the vetting of people who work with children’
      • ‘For the vetting procedure, we have now established a procedure to scrutinize and meticulously vet our intelligence agencies' recruits.’
      • ‘Have you made certain that all baby-sitters are vetted, especially relatives?’
      • ‘Every man on Hannah's list has been personally vetted by Hannah with references followed up - and they are all police-checked.’
      • ‘Two weeks ago ministers decided to require all new teaching staff to be vetted by the bureau.’
      • ‘The suggestion that people should be vetted before being allocated local authority housing is outrageous.’
      • ‘For example, anyone who has anything to do with cancer research should be vetted for links with carcinogen-producing industries.’
      • ‘Hospital networks may have thousands of access points, making it impossible to restrict access solely to staff who have been personally vetted by each doctor.’
      • ‘Reader Stephen Mills alerted us to the company's stringent security checks which vet potential purchasers.’
      • ‘The formation of any company requires that directors must be vetted and registered, while other large transactions require court documentation.’
      • ‘Those permitted to buy currency at this reduced rate are vetted, and do not include ordinary Zimbabweans.’
      • ‘After an initial set of interviews, they were then vetted and approved by the War College's Commandant.’
      • ‘At his rallies, composed of carefully vetted supporters, people who oppose him have been thrown out and even arrested.’
      • ‘The lack of franchise regulations made vetting licensees that much more important.’
      • ‘All translators are vetted even for unclassified type work.’
      • ‘At the same time, candidates for important jobs within the Mexican government were vetted with the international financiers.’
      • ‘He alleges that the charity discriminated against him by vetting him with the Northern Ireland Office.’
      • ‘That's why the group adopted an interview process, whereby people could be vetted before being allowed to a ceremony.’
      • ‘Weapons of a certain power have to be licensed and everyone who applies for a licence is carefully vetted, and must keep their guns in locked, burglar-proof cupboards.’
      • ‘He was vetted by the Home Office when he helped set up the local youth offending team.’
      • ‘It is thought that the directory will be one of only two in the country and it will include carefully vetted traders who cover a range of services from glazing to roofing.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation of veterinary or veterinarian.

Pronunciation

vet

/vɛt/

Main definitions of vet in English

: vet1vet2

vet2

noun

North American
informal
  • A veteran.

    ‘a Vietnam vet’
    • ‘A large, bipartisan majority in congress supports a bill to fix this, providing full pension and disability for these deserving vets.’
    • ‘Out of all the homeless shelters, how many individuals are homeless vets?’
    • ‘All these right wing vets get filmed saying ‘he's unfit to be commander in chief’ without providing any details.’
    • ‘These were the best the reserve could offer - the special forces vets were gone - and Russell was already disgusted with them.’
    • ‘Though respected by their countrymen, they get only modest help from the government, which provides up to $7 per month to disabled vets.’
    • ‘‘The movement has always had a lot of old-timers, and a lot of vets,’ said Bourgeois, a Vietnam veteran himself.’
    • ‘As part of Salute the Veterans activities, vets also attended a reception at Old Parliament House, ecumenical services and reunion dinners.’
    • ‘Two-thirds of combat vets think the war is worth fighting.’
    • ‘Before those movies happened, there were all these stories about Vietnam vets coming home and dealing with the tangential human side of the issue.’
    • ‘Even colder, whenever veterans balk at paying the usurious rip-off, company lawyers sue them, usually in courts far away from where the vets live.’
    • ‘It will create a Labor Veterans Committee to coordinate with other veterans groups in opposing cuts to vets ' benefits.’
    • ‘There's a second problem though, and that stems from the lack of resources in the entire VA system to take care of America's vets.’
    • ‘We spent hundreds of millions (maybe billions) to educate vets after WWII and throughout the 20th Century.’
    • ‘The audience of silver-haired vets from wars in Vietnam, Korea, and World War II exploded into applause.’
    • ‘Many vets complain of alienation, rage, or guilt’
    • ‘Every day WW2 vets die, and they get an inch in the local paper.’
    • ‘He explained high alleged suicide figures among vets by the fact that ‘they have to face what they did in Vietnam.’’
    • ‘Yep, they reversed their decision, the vets will get their surgeries, and their budget is being looked over by the National VA.’
    • ‘The vets will be interviewed via satellite from Colorado Springs where they will be attending the Air Force / Navy football game Thursday afternoon.’
    • ‘We simply can't let these vets go without help, because we saw after Vietnam what the long-term repercussions of that negligence can be.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

vet

/vɛt/