General presentation

“VetAgro Sup, higher education and research at the heart of the life science challenges”

VetAgro Sup (Institute of higher education in food science, animal health, agricultural and environmental sciences) was founded on January 1st 2010 after the merger between the National Veterinary School of Lyon, the National School for Agricultural Engineering of Clermont-Ferrand and the National School of Veterinary Services.

The mission of VetAgro Sup is to develop training and research on life science challenges. It develops a comparative approach including animal, vegetal, human and environmental health. The institute is located in Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes and is a member of the “Université de Lyon” and “Clermont Université”.

VetAgro Sup fully participates in the shaping of tomorrow’s world thanks to comprehensive and professional training built upon an active research in close association with different institutes and professionals partners.

Internationally recognized training programs: veterinary physicians, agricultural engineers, experts in agricultural and veterinary public health

The main goal of VetAgro Sup is to train professionals, top-level executives able to adapt themselves to a wide range of situations linked to social, scientific and professional issues. The school trains students on all the aspects of the agricultural and veterinary professional activities, including high degree of specialization.

Students are admitted to the core curriculum (veterinary physician or agronomic engineer) after a very selective admission process (post preparatory classes / post academic competitive examinations). Nevertheless, the admission process allows all classes of the population to study at VetAgro Sup (more than 40% of students hold a grant).

The academic programs strengthen the employability of young graduates, mainly because of a rich and diverse range of training programs. The fundamental skills learned at VetAgro Sup are tailored to tomorrow’s careers and recognized by professionals.

During the final year of the training, students can attend more specialized programs (in particular the ones offered by the National School of Veterinary Services) in order to strengthen their competence. Those programs foster mutual enrichment between engineers and veterinary physicians. VetAgro Sup offers master’s programs (co-organized with other academic institutions) in particular in the field of public policies in agricultural and veterinary public health.

A high quality research on key societal issues / Development of strong partnerships with many socio-economic actors

Research is at the heart of VetAgro Sup missions. It provides both the basis of the teachings carried out at the school and participates to the development and dissemination of knowledge related to scientific issues.

Teacher-researchers are involved in three complementary themes: emerging pathologies and infectious risks, adaptability of production systems and food quality, rural development. More than 100 scientists, assisted by technical staff, are part of research units, mostly in cooperation with academic institutions but also with other national public research organizations (CNRS, INRA, Inserm, ANSES…). With more than a hundred scientific publications a year and international conference attendances, VetAgro Sup’s teams fully participate in the progress of knowledge in life science.

In its area of expertise, a strong partnership dynamic allows VetAgro Sup to be a key actor in the development of technologies. This dynamic is mainly due to the presence of technological platforms recognized for their quality and supported by the expertise of teacher-researchers. As a consequence, numerous patents (in particular in the health field) are filed every year. Those teams are also involved in the creation of new high-tech companies.

An institute operating in a regional, national and international network

The institute is acting as a facilitator to networking in all areas of operations.

At regional level, the dynamics of academic relationships and partnerships with other educational establishments enable VetAgro Sup to provide students with a wide range of curriculums. It also allows research teams to be in line with a strong scientific dynamic, thus offsetting the small size of the institute. In the past three years, VetAgro Sup contributed to the creation of the “Collège des Hautes Etudes Lyon Science” (CHEL[S]) which gives the opportunity for students to work on projects on the borders of biological, engineering sciences but also humanities, political and arts sciences.

At national level, VetAgro Sup is an actor in the network of institutes of higher education under the authority of the ministry assigned to agriculture. It is a major contributor to the sharing of skills and curriculums. It also takes part in the construction and transfer of the French training model abroad.

At the international level, VetAgro Sup takes part in many student exchange programs with more than 50 cooperation contracts. Every year, more than 50 students spend a semester abroad to study in a partner institution. VetAgro Sup also welcomes around 50 international students on its two campuses. More importantly, joint curricula, which are under construction with foreign academic partners, will soon lead to a mutual recognition of diplomas. Some courses taught in English are already in progress. The AVMA’s accreditation (American Veterinary Medical Association) obtained in 2014 offers new opportunities to international cooperation and exchange programs for teachers and students with veterinary universities in the US or Canada. The numerous international conferences organized every year have also been strengthening the international dimension of the school.

An academic and workplace environment suited to success

VetAgro Sup is located on two campuses: Marcy-l’Etoile (next to Lyon) and Lempdes (suburb of Clermont-Ferrand). With more than 50 hectares and 60 000 m² including the premises, the school offers a pleasant place interconnected with public transit. The school has university housing and a university restaurant in each campus. Student’s associations offer a wide range of cultural, sporting or humanitarian activities.

People working at VetAgro Sup can also benefit of this working environment appropriate to the quality of work. Modern amenities have been strongly developed thanks to continuous investments in advanced technologies. A budget of 40 million Euros allows VetAgro Sup to have financial resources to improve research and teaching capabilities, even if the current environment calls for a rational use of sources of funding.

Scientific platforms located on site offer an optimal support for both teaching and research activities. The veterinary teaching hospital welcomes clinical cases for each domestic species, in connection with veterinary physicians and in order to improve animal health. Laboratories provide technical assistance to veterinary physicians, some of them being national reference laboratories for animal diseases communicable to human beings. Technological platforms related to agronomy and food science technology also offer expertise for professional partners.

Welcome to VetAgro Sup

Stéphane Martinot

Directeur Général de VetAgro Sup