A veterinarian (American English) or a veterinary surgeon (British English), often shortened to vet, is a physician for animals (excluding humans) and a practitioner of veterinary medicine. The word comes from the Latin veterinae meaning "working animals". "Veterinarian" was first used in print by Thomas Browne in 1646. Many careers are open to those with veterinary degrees (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, D.V.M.) or B.V.Sc. & A. H. (Bachelor of veterinary science and animal husbandry)
Degrees differ by country.
Training differs by country, with the average being six years. In many countries, two degrees must be completed.
- Veterinary surgeon at work, removing stitches following minor surgery on an abscess on cat's face.