You are a vet if you served in the Armed Forces, or if you went to veterinary school and now give medical care to animals.

The noun vet is short for either veteran (of the Armed Forces) or veterinarian (animal doctor). As a verb, vet means “to carefully examine beforehand.” For example, your boss might ask you to vet people’s applications before calling them for interviews, just to make sure they have the right experience for the job. Medically speaking, when a doctor vets you — or an animal — medical care is given.

Definitions of vet
  1. noun

    a doctor who practices veterinary medicine

    veterinarian, veterinary, veterinary surgeon
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    horse doctor

    a veterinarian who treats horses
    type of:

    Dr., MD, doc, doctor, medico, physician

    a licensed medical practitioner

  2. verb

    work as a veterinarian

    vetted for the farms in the area for many years”
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    type of:

    be, follow

    work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function

  3. verb

    provide veterinary care for

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    type of:


    give medical treatment to

  4. noun

    a person who has served in the armed forces

    ex-serviceman, veteran
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    a member of the American Legion
    type of:

    man, military man, military personnel, serviceman

    someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force

  5. verb

    examine carefully

    “Someone should
    vet this report before it goes out”
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    type of:


    look over carefully

  6. verb

    provide (a person) with medical care

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    type of:

    care for, treat

    provide treatment for

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