How to Understand Common Veterinary Terms
It may seem as though veterinarians speak a foreign language at times, and considering the Latin origin of many medical terms, they may in fact be doing so. The veterinary terms and definitions listed here should help to break down the "language barrier" that often separates many animal caregivers from those who provide professional veterinary treatment.
The terms listed here are commonly used in such fields as anatomy, physiology, and epidemiology, and make up much of the technical jargon that veterinarians use to describe symptoms, illnesses, even surgical techniques. You'll also find a few common abbreviations spelled out to help you understand the meaning of prescription slips and medical instructions concerning treatment of the animals in your care.