By Carol A. Gasser Moore
LANIER COUNTY, GEORGIA – Originally a horse-racing term, vetting referred to the requirement that a horse be checked for health and soundness by a certified veterinarian, before being allow to race. In simple terms, the procedure meant that a medically trained person certified that a horse was in good physical condition in order to compete in a race or the “act of running”. Generally, the word “vet” was taken into a general meaning of “to check”. It is a figurative or symbolic contraction of veterinarian or “vet”, which originated in the mid-17th century.