1 work as a veterinarian; "She vetted for the farms in the area for many years"
2 examine carefully; "Someone should vet this report before it goes out"
3 provide (a person) with medical care
- present participle of vet
Broadly, vetting is a process of examination and evaluation. Specifically, vetting often refers to performing a background check on someone before offering them employment. In addition, in intelligence gathering, assets are vetted to determine their usefulness.
OriginTo vet was originally a horse-racing term, referring to the requirement that a horse be checked for health and soundness by a veterinarian before being allowed to race. Thus, it has taken the general meaning "to check".
Political selectionA party's presidential nominee must choose a vice-presidential candidate to accompany him or her on the ticket. Prospective vice-presidential candidates must undergo thorough evaluation by a team of advisers acting on behalf of the nominee. In later stages of the vetting process, the team will examine such items as a prospective vice-presidential candidate's finances, personal conduct, and previous coverage in the media.
Also, people in the show The West Wing get vetted, from time to time.
MediaIn the journalism field, newspaper, periodical, and television news articles or stories may be vetted by fact-checkers, whose job it is to check whether factual assertions made in news copy are correct. However, fact-checking is a time-consuming and costly process, so stories in daily publications are typically not fact-checked. Reporters are expected to check their own writing, sometimes with the aid of an in-house reference library. Information which is verified by two independent sources is commonly stated as fact.
Even when published or televised material is not specifically fact-checked, it is often vetted by a company's legal department to avoid committing slander or libel.