VetAgro Sup was created in 2010 from the merge of the National Veterinary School of Lyon (1761), the National School of Veterinary Services (1973) and the National Engineering School of Agricultural Work of Clermont-Ferrand (1984).

The National Veterinary School of Lyon, the world’s first veterinary school.

On August 4th, 1761, Claude Bourgelat, Director of the Academy of horse riding of Lyon, obtained from King Louis XV the authorization and means to create, thanks to the support of his friend Henri-Léonard Bertin, then General Financial Controller, « a school where the principles and methods of curing livestock diseases would be publicly taught ». At the beginning of the following year, the first students were welcomed into an old hostel in the La Guillotière district of Lyon. The Institution was raised to the rank of Royal Veterinary School in 1764 and continued to flourish on this site until 1796 when, having become too small and unhealthy, it was transferred to the Vaise district on the banks of the Saône, in the former Couvent des Deux-Amants.

Claude Bourgelat, founder of the world’s first veterinary school in Lyon.

After the creation of the School of Lyon, Bourgelat obtained the authorization of Louis XV to create the second veterinary school in 1764 in Paris. It opened in 1766 in Maison-Alfort.
At the end of the 18th century, students of Bourgelat were trained in Lyon and Alfort. Whether French emigrants or foreigners, they went to build veterinary training Institutions throughout Europe directly inspired by the French model, and then around the world.