VetAgro Sup and technological platforms

The conduct of both applied and basic research leads VetAgro Sup to develop relationships with a lot of external partners: institutional, academics (CNRS, INRA, INSERM…) and industrials.

That way, VetAgro Sup encouraged the creation of technological platforms whose aim is triple:

  • Bring a support to the school research activities, and then developing skills and expertise
  • Bring a support to teaching activities (implementation of tutorial classes inside the platform, ongoing training)
  • Offer services (expertise, testing, analysis) to companies and external partners. It allows economic valorization of expertise

List of technological platforms

Hospital Center of Veterinary Education (CHEV)

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+33 (0)4 78 87 26 70 /

Through this clinic, the CHEV provides training for students as part of the core curriculum, but also for interns and residents as part of the training.

The CHEV is also the location of clinical research activities. In certified research units of the veterinary campus, 50% of executive scientists develop a scientific questioning. This scientific questioning is partially supported by spontaneous pathologies cases collected in clinical departments of VetAgro Sup. The collection of spontaneous cases aims to expand medical progress for both humans and animals. The most important themes concern locomotor traumatology in carnivores and horses, oncology in domestic carnivores, septic shock in pets, pain and welfare management in domestic animals.

The CHEV is divided into:

  • The pet clinic (Chevac)
  • The production animal clinic (Chevpa)
  • The horse clinic (Cheveq or Clin’quine)

The imaging unit is shared between the clinics and ensures the imagery in different areas of activities.
The department of anesthesia is shared too.
The pharmacy is central with branches in different sectors.
The hematology and cytology laboratory is communal to horses and carnivores.

The pet clinic (operating 24 hours a day, 11 months out of the year)

The various disciplines taught and practiced are:

  • Medical pathology, internal and specialized medicine (dermatology, ophthalmology, neurology, cardiology, oncology = those for which a specialist’s college at European level exist)
  • Surgery
  • Anesthesia
  • Reproductive pathology
  • Preventive medicine
  • Emergencies, intensive cares and reanimation

The production animal clinic (operating 24 hours a day, all year round)

It is divided into:

  • Cattle and small ruminants hospitals
  • The Arbresle Rural Clinic Unit (UCRA), which operates for a private rural clientele, with practitioners who intervene in animal husbandry (medicine, surgery, prophylaxis) but accompanied by students.

Horse clinic (operating 24 hours a day, all year round)

The disciplines taught and practiced are:

  • Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Anesthesia
  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory medicine

Care are given on site but also on an ambulatory basis at private households, on racetracks or riding competitions.

Number of cases:
Horses: 1000 horses treated within a year
Carnivores: 12 000 animals treated each year

Production animals: 280 customer’s animal husbandries from some animals to a few dozen (with an average of 40 animals). 15 animal husbandries with herd monitoring and care contract.

Pharmacovigilance Center – CPVL

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Action of the CPVL

This center, located on VetAgro Sup site, ensures the performing of the Veterinary Pharmacovigilance in France by carrying out a convention between VetAgro Sup and the French governmental agency dealing with sanitary safety in food, the environment and at work (ANSES). This center gathers suspicious cases of adverse effects on human and animal following the use of veterinary drug.
The center works in collaboration with the CNITV, 24 hours a day, nights and public holidays included.

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Laboratory of medical biology

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This laboratory provides throughout the year endocrinological, biochemical, hematological and cytological analysis. Those analysis are intended for:

  • The CHEV: for which it carries out biochemical and endocrinological analysis for carnivorous pets (dog, cat, ferret) and horses, hematological analysis (horses throughout the year and carnivorous pets when the hematological laboratory is closed) and cytological analysis (horses throughout the year and carnivorous pets for all cytology and cerebrospinal fluid analysis when the hematological laboratory is closed)
  • External veterinary clinics: for which it carries out biochemical, endocrinological and hematological analysis for all species.
  • The CERREC for the dosing of sexual hormones. The CERREC’s staff has a 24 hour access to this technological platform
  • 7 days a week at the endocrinological automat in order to ensure effective endocrinological follow-up every days of the week.

The BEMR technological platform, through its clinical biology diagnosis activities, has two essential missions: a pedagogical mission for VetAgro Sup’s students and practicing veterinarians. A mission of service provision, through its biochemical, endocrinological, hematological and cytological analysis for the clinics of the veterinary campus but also for private clinics.

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Laboratory of soil and organic matter

Person in charge

Laurence ANDANSON  -

Action of the laboratory of soil and organic matter

This laboratory, located on Clermont-Ferrand’s campus, provides scientific support to the training in agronomy, but also in the sharing of equipments within an analytic activities framework.

This laboratory replies to enquiries from:

  • Research: Qualitys, UMR Metafor, UMRH, UMR PIAF…
  • Agricultural professionals
  • Technical institutes
  • Private companies

Agronomic determinations carried out at the laboratory focus on:

  • Soils texture, calcic state, organic matters, major nutrients and cation exchange capacity
  • Long period incubation for soil samples
  • Determination of microbial biomass
  • Particle size determination

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Laboratory of food characterization

Laboratory of food characterization

Action of the laboratory of food characterization

This laboratory is specialized in the design of meat, dairy and barm products. It conducts sensory, microbiological, chemical and physical analysis.

Its main activities are in the area of:

  • Education: practical work in the area of characterization, engineers collaborative projects
  • Research: UR CALITYS for national projects or FUI
  • Service: development of methods for agro-food products characterization

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Reference laboratory for Leptospirosis

Person in charge

Angeli KODJO  -

Action of the reference laboratory for Leptospirosis

This laboratory is the French reference laboratory for animal Leptospirosis. It conducts its works in accordance with the OIE’s recommendations, in close ties with the human leptospirosis CNR at “l’Institut Pasteur”. This laboratory has a quality approach (ISO 9001) recognized by the WHO.

It carries out:

  • Biological diagnostic of infection for technical platforms
  • Work-support for the PERS team
  • Collaboration with every veterinarian or human vaccines producing laboratories

It also provides the possibility of training on the Leptospirosis

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National reference laboratory – LMAP

Person in charge

Estelle LOUKIADIS  -

Action of the national reference laboratory

The LMAP is in charge, within its area of competence of :

  • The development, optimization and validation of testing methods, but also their standardization
  • The technical coordination of 2 accredited laboratories networks (E. Coli O157 and STEC). This technical coordination is implemented through the organization of proficiency inter-laboratories tests and training sessions but also by providing formal procedures and reference materials
  • The realization of official analyses and confirmation of analyses
  • The implementation of scientific and technical monitoring
  • Responding to any request of scientific expertise coming from the Ministry of Agriculture

This laboratory also responds to a research assignment :

  • Prevalence of STEC in food and optimization of detection and confirmation methods
  • Growth and survival of STEC
  • Portage animal and associated limitation strategy
  • Study of pathogenicity of STEC strains isolated in food

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Histology Laboratory

Person in charge

Thierry MARCHAL  -

Action of the histology laboratory

This laboratory conducts autopsies, organ retrievals on all species for:

  • Pre-clinical with a quantitative and qualitative approach of lesions
  • Clinical with a qualitative approach of the lesions

The various techniques of immuno-histology staining are used for the processing of tissues and the reading of cell’s damages by recognized experts.

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Laboratory of parasitology

Person in charge

Lionel ZENNER  -

Action of the Laboratory of parasitology

This laboratory carries out researches on parasites present in main veterinary species. It works in collaboration with the veterinary pharmaceutical industry.

The laboratory has two separate missions:

  • Research: study of parasites that have a veterinary interest
  • Education: students training

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Laboratory of clinical pathology
Claude Bourgelat Institute


Guillaume Noel  -

Action of the Claude Bourgelat Institute

Contact: Guillaume NOEL –

Action of the Claude Bourgelat Institute

The Claude Bourgelat Institute is a technological platform dedicated to pre-clinical animal testing. It is located on the Lyon’s campus. This powerful instrument, based on recognized experience in the area of animal models and comparative pathology, is offered to its external partners (institutional, academic and industrial).

This public structure is composed by five separate but complementary entities:

  • LVD  Learn more

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ABioDoc, National resource center on organic farming, provides information and documentation covering technical, economical, regulatory, environmental and social aspects of organic and sustainable farming.

Part of VetAgro Sup, ABioDoc is commissioned by the Minister of Agriculture. It works in collaboration with the ITAB (Technical institute on organic farming) and many other organic farming’s actors. The missions of ABioDoc are: data collection, data processing and dissemination of information on organic farming. ABioDoc has many documentary products and services that can meet user demands.

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