How to Address a DVM

by Vera Leigh

If you know a veterinarian, you may not know the correct way to address her. Veterinarians are "Doctors of Veterinary Medicine." You will see this professional title, abbreviated "DVM," at the end of their names. For example: Joan A. Temple, DVM. If you are hosting a formal party or a wedding in which you would like to invite a guest who is a veterinarian, include their official title in the written address.

Type the outside of the envelope with a "Dr." title. On the first line of the address, write the following: "Dr. Mary Smith."

Write the "Dr." title in the salutation of a handwritten or typed letter. For example: "Dear Dr. Martin:"

Address a veterinarian as "Dr." when speaking to her, unless she has told you otherwise. For example: "Hello, Dr. Gonzalez. How are you today?"

About the Author

Vera Leigh has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared in "Learn Overseas" and "Grad Source" magazines. In addition, she received an honorable mention in "Newsweek's" My Turn contest. She has written features for nonprofits focused on literacy, education, genomics and health. In her spare time, Leigh puts her English major to use by tutoring in grammar and composition.

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