From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Veterinary \Vet"er*i*na*ry\ (v[e^]t"[~e]r*[i^]*n[asl]*r[y^]), a.
   [L. veterinarius of or belonging to beasts of burden and
   draught, fr. veterinus, probably originally, of or pertaining
   to yearlings: cf. F. v['e]t['e]rinaire. See Veteran,
   Of or pertaining to the art of healing or treating the
   diseases of domestic animals, as oxen, horses, sheep, various
   pets, etc.; as, a veterinary writer or school.
   [1913 Webster]
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