Translation:The vet wrote that the animal was starving.
How does the "sequence of tenses" work here? Can this mean "The vet wrote that the animal is starving"? If not, how does one say that?
Vet is short for veterinarian in UK English. I don't think UK English shortens veteran. We (in the UK) also use vet as a verb as in 'to vet a contract' - to evaluate or check. Is that the same in the USA? Apparently this usage is derived from vets (veterinarians) checking horses before they were allowed to race.
We do use it as a verb in the US, though quite rarely. I have most commonly seen it as a participle, as in "the candidate will have to go through a vetting process." Thanks for pointing out that likely etymology, because for some reason, I had never made the connection. We certainly don't use the verb for taking an animal to a veterinarian.
Very annoying that some of these phrases only accept "is" and some only "was", especially if they're interchangable in this pattern. Doing a full "was" run now, just to see which ones accept that version.
Also frustrating that the comnents section doesn't work for some of these phrases.