Initial training


It includes 10 semesters split into:

Four years of core curriculum

  • 1st year (1A) – Semester 5 and 6
  • 2nd year (2A) – Semester 7 and 8
  • 3rd year (3A) – Semester 9 and 10
  • 4th Year (4A) – Semester 11 and 12

Students receive a basic theoretical training of 8 semesters. From the 3rd year they take part in clinical consultations and from the 4th year, they are completely immersed. Each validated year brings 60 ECTS credits (European Credit transfer system) and involve compulsory internships (off campus and for a minimum duration of 19 weeks). After the validation of those 4 years, students will be graduate from “Diplôme d’études fondamentales veterinaries (DEFV)” which is equivalent to a master degree. Part of the training must be carried out abroad.

One year to increase one’s knowledge

Several options are available:

  • Expand your knowledge and professional practice in the clinical sector: pets sector (AC), livestock sector (AP), equine sector (EQ). The school also offers the possibility of joint courses (AC-AP, AC-EQ, AP-EQ)
  • Choose the research section or industry section while completing your training at university (2nd year of master degree training or an equivalent diploma)
  • Complete your veterinary public health training at ENSV(National School of Veterinary Services)

The validation of the 5th year permits to defend a veterinary doctoral thesis. Enrolment for the doctoral thesis is limited to two. The doctoral thesis is obtained after an oral presentation.

Remark: a “research” curriculum is also available from the 4A

After the validation of the first 3 years of core curriculum, students can attend the 2nd year of research master courses and then prepare a doctoral thesis. It is recommended to attend and validate (from the 2A) 2 M1 credits at the Lyon’s university with a research internship (4 weeks minimum).