In Lyon, VetAgro Sup, Veterinary School “Global Health”

Posted on July 29, 2022, 2:50 pm

160 students per class… and almost as many animals on the VetAgro Sup campus, in Marcy-l’Etoile: dogs, pigs, horses, sheep or cows. If the oldest veterinary school, founded in 1761 by Claude Bourgelat, doesn’t have the same metro access as rival Maisons-Alfort in Paris, founded in 1766, it covers 40 hectares north of Lyon. .

In the 18th century, epidemics ravaged the herds, causing public concern and public authorities. This is why Bertin, the financier, supported the king’s project to “open a school where the principles and methods of healing cattle would be taught publicly.”

The world’s first veterinary institution, born rue du Manège in Presqu’île, then moved to the banks of Saône (today the Conservatory of Lyon), moved in 1978 to the countryside, to Marcy -l’Etoile, near bioMérieux and Sanofi Groups: a neighborhood illustrating the fundamental connection between the cradle of veterinary science and the rise of the pharmaceutical industry in Lyon – also represented by Boehringer Ingelheim, no. two worlds of animal vaccination, from the Mérieux region.

veterinary hospital

Even though today most students have to treat dogs and cats in town surgeries, “the school is proud to train an additional 20% of the rural veterinarians, whom we are so passionate about.” lacking in France,” emphasized director Mireille Bossy. Proximity to livestock and the so-called “income”, cattle, goats or sheep, remains Lyon’s distinguishing feature from the other three public schools (the first private school opens at the beginning of the academic year). in Beauvais), as well as training veterinary inspectors, a state agency with a quota of about 30 civil servants per year.

Another special feature: the merger in 2010 with the Clermont-Ferrand National School of Agronomy, formerly ENITA, gave it the new name VetAgro Sup. This course is very geared towards agronomy and organic agriculture. This brings the total number of students to 1,200, plus 110 teacher-researchers and 500 administrative or animal care workers.

But the campus, under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture, is also regularly visited by many animal owners to treat their companions at the University Hospital Veterinary Center (CHU) with experts and practitioners. interns are surrounded by students from grades 4 to 6 – in light blue blouses. Before that, they had a look at the VetSkill set, where they practiced their first gestures on life-size stuffed animals and mannequins.

injured horse

The clinic, which operates 120 people, offers 16,500 consultations and surgeries for pets, and even has emergency and intensive care services open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He performs resuscitation, blood transfusions, dialysis… The livestock department provides 3,000 treatments annually and the horse department, famous throughout Europe for 2,000. He was sent to race and the racehorse was injured. Here, the anesthesia rooms are padded to prevent falls from above. There are two operating rooms and an MRI machine that allows them to be examined while standing up.

Two and a half centuries after it was founded to combat the scourge of wildlife ravaging the kingdom’s countryside and economy, and after a Covid epidemic exposed the concept of “universal health”, VetAgro Sup trains both veterinarians, agronomists and community animals. health inspector. Its nine research labs include “a clinically important component,” emphasized Mireille Bossy, rapidly through the school’s rat population. “At the heart of life issues, it is closely linked to the Lyon ecosystem” One Health “makes the link between animal health, people and the environment”.

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