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Welcome to VetAgro Sup !

VetAgro Sup is an institution of higher education and research (ESR) under the aegis of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. It has two campuses in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region: an agricultural school in Clermont-Ferrand and a veterinary school in Lyon. Both have been recognised for their excellence in research and education, having been designated IDEX and I-SITE establishments, respectively.

1 institution, 2 sites and 3 courses of study

VetAgro Sup is the only French public institution that trains veterinarians, agricultural engineers, and veterinary public health inspectors. In the latter case, VetAgro Sup works with the French National School of Veterinary Services, an OIE collaborating centre. By training veterinary public health inspectors, the institution is actively helping to improve animal health and food safety. Drawing upon its solid foundation, built through evaluation and accreditation (EAEVE, AVMA, CTI, HCERES), VetAgro Sup aims to train future veterinarians and agricultural engineers whose expertise will allow them to tackle the challenges of the 21st century. This pedagogic work is performed by the institution’s 114 professors, who use a research-centred approach. More than 100 scientific staff members work hand in hand with technical personnel in joint research units established with partner universities (in Lyon, Clermont-Ferrand, and Grenoble) and major research  (e.g., ANSES, CNRS, INRAE, INSERM). VetAgro Sup’s educational programmes also make use of centres of expertise, including a high-tech veterinary teaching hospital that provides emergency services for domestic animals, including horses, and that is staffed by many international specialists.

In 2017, VetAgro Sup joined the Consortium of Universities for Global Health with the objective of reinforcing its focus on this important theme. Indeed, the institution espouses a strong interdisciplinary approach in all its training and research. This perspective arises from the conviction that human health will be improved by accounting for a wide range of factors related to animals, animal health, plants, the environment, and societal practices. Such interdisciplinarity is reflected, for example, in VetAgro Sup’s membership in the Collegium de Lyon (CHELS), an institute for advanced studies. CHELS offers students the opportunity to work on innovative projects in the biological sciences and engineering, allowing overlap with the humanities, political science, and art.

By its very nature, VetAgro Sup is engaged with the outside world. It provides expertise to socioeconomic players and/or partner institutions, and it has opened up its facilities to private companies. Fostering global awareness is fundamental to ensuring the professional success of the institution’s graduates. For this reason, VetAgro Sup has established student and teacher exchange programmes with many foreign universities. Within France, VetAgro Sup is one of the several institutions of higher education under the aegis of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Bodies belonging to this network actively pool their skill sets and pedagogic programmes.

When you choose VetAgro Sup, you choose an institution that is committed to fostering excellence, promoting innovation, thinking globally, and investing in the common good.

Emmanuelle Soubeyran
Dean of VetAgro Sup