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Veterinary medicine is the application of medical diagnostic and therapeutic principles to companion, domestic, exotic, and wildlife animals.

Veterinary medicine is informally as old as the human animal bond but in recent years has expanded exponentially because of the availability of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for most species. While large-animal veterinary medicine still focuses predominantly on safeguarding and supporting the food supply, small-animal and exotic medicine are increasingly similar to human medicine. Small animals have become integrated into families and are often recipients of advanced medical care including hip replacements, cataract surgeries, and pacemakers.

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