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Old soldier very good to animals? (3)

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vet

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'old soldier' is the definition.
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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for vet that I've seen before include "Examine critically", "Screen", "Check someone for suitability", "Old soldier (inf.)", "A diminutive animal doctor", "Diminutive animal doctor", "Examine, check", "'Examine this doctor, in short (3)'", "A small animal doctor" and "solider once".)

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