Veterinary physician

A vet conducts a routine spaying operation on a domestic cat.

A veterinary physician, usually called a vet, which is shortened from veterinarian (American English) or veterinary surgeon (British English), is a professional who practices veterinary medicine by treating diseases, disorders, and injuries in animals.


In many countries, the local nomenclature for a veterinarian is a regulated and protected term, meaning that members of the public without the prerequisite qualifications and/or licensure are not able to use the title. In many cases, the activities that may be undertaken by a veterinarian (such as treatment of illness or surgery in animals) are restricted only to those professionals who are registered as a veterinarian. For instance, in the United Kingdom, as in other jurisdictions, animal treatment may only be performed by registered veterinary physicians (with a few designated exceptions, such as paraveterinary workers), and it is illegal for any person who is not registered to call themselves a veterinarian or prescribe any treatment.

Most veterinary physicians work in clinical settings, treating animals directly. These veterinarians may be involved in a general practice, treating animals of all types; they may be specialized in a specific group of animals such as companion animals, livestock, zoo animals or equines; or may specialize in a narrow medical discipline such as surgery, dermatology or internal medicine . As with other healthcare professionals, veterinarians face ethical decisions about the care of their patients. Current debates within the profession include the ethics of certain procedures believed to be purely cosmetic or unnecessary for behavioral issues, such as declawing of cats, docking of tails, cropping of ears and debarking on dogs.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Veearts
العربية: طبيب بيطري
azərbaycanca: Baytar
Bân-lâm-gú: Siù-i-su
беларуская: Ветэрынар
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Вэтэрынар
български: Ветеринар
Cymraeg: Milfeddyg
dansk: Dyrlæge
davvisámegiella: Šibitdoavttir
Deutsch: Tierarzt
eesti: Loomaarst
Esperanto: Bestokuracisto
فارسی: دامپزشک
føroyskt: Djóralæknar
français: Vétérinaire
Gaeilge: Tréidlia
Gàidhlig: Bheat
galego: Veterinario
한국어: 수의사
հայերեն: Անասնաբույժ
hrvatski: Veterinar
Bahasa Indonesia: Dokter hewan
interlingua: Veterinario
íslenska: Dýralæknir
עברית: וטרינר
қазақша: Ветеринар
Latina: Veterinarius
magyar: Állatorvos
Bahasa Melayu: Doktor haiwan
Nederlands: Dierenarts
日本語: 獣医師
norsk: Veterinær
norsk nynorsk: Veterinær
پنجابی: سلوتری
русский: Ветеринар
Scots: Veet
Simple English: Veterinarian
slovenčina: Veterinár
српски / srpski: Ветеринар
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Veterinar
svenska: Veterinär
Tagalog: Beterinaryo
Türkçe: Veteriner hekim
тыва дыл: Ветеринар
vèneto: Veterinario
粵語: 獸醫
Zazaki: Veteriner
中文: 兽医