The Normandy region is home to the first private post-baccalaureate veterinary training school run by UniLaSalle. The establishment plans to welcome 120 students from the start of the school year in September 2022. What will be the selection criteria? How will this new veterinary course go? We make an inventory.
UniLaSalle Polytechnic Institute has received approval from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food to start a veterinary school on the Rouen campus from the start of the school year in September 2022. What will be the profiles to integrate this new veterinary training? How does the six-year course work? How much will the training cost and how will it be financed? What are the vacancies in the veterinary professions? We tell you everything.
The choice of Normandy, an emblematic breeding area, is no accident. “It’s a region we know with our engineering campus in Rouen,” explains Philippe Choquet, General Manager of UniLaSalle. The region has a good reputation for breeding and milk production. It is also the first French region in terms of horse population.”
UniLaSalle opens the first private veterinary school in France
It is the first veterinary school with private status to open in France. So far, the training has been provided by four national veterinary schools in France. The opening of this new veterinary school is looking for to meet the many challenges of the profession.
It enriches the French veterinary training offer† According to the National Order of Veterinarians, currently more than 50% of French students who want to do this work go abroad to get veterinary training.
Veterinarian, a profession of the future with a shortage of graduates
“Veterinary activity in clinics has grown strongly in recent years, says Philippe Choquet. Several professions in the sector are experiencing recruitment problems. Despite 600 graduates each returning from abroad, there is still a shortage. Our ambition is to contribute to French higher education.”
This new veterinary school aims to meet the growing need for veterinarians in France. This need is increasing in rural areas as well as in urban clinics or in the research sector.
A post-baccalaureate veterinary school accessible on Parcoursup
This new veterinary training is accessible on the Parcoursup platform to integrate the course from the first year. Recruitment only takes place in the post-baccalaureate. For the first promotion, UniLaSalle will recruit 120 students.
UniLaSalle will study the full Parcoursup file† Eligible students become called up for the selection tests that take place between April 25 and May 7 with oral interviews and individual and team practicals.
A 6-year training to prepare for the diversity of veterinary professions
This veterinary school will meet European quality standards† The educational content will be identical to that offered in a national public veterinary school. The program is built in accordance with the standards of the European Association of Veterinary Education Establishments (AEEEV). The school will issue a certificate of basic veterinary studies. It will eventually lead to a master’s degree.
Veterinary training lasts six years. After five years of common core, the sixth in-depth year allows each student to refine their professional project. UniLaSalle will propose to move to three professional streams: the food producing or mixed food producing animals/companion animals sector, industry (health safety) or the research sector.
The institution offers a new approach to clinical training. UniLaSalle plans to install a veterinary hospital on its campus by 2025 to provide clinical training and conduct research activities. But this training will also take place in private clinics in the Rouen region. The practical work is mainly carried out in the last cycle.
How much does the veterinary training at UniLaSalle cost?
The UniLasalle veterinary training costs 13,000 euros per year for the first three years of the training; than 17,500 euros per year for the last three years of the training. In total, the tuition fee for six years will amount to 93,000 euros. The school will offer students internal scholarships as well as an honorary loan system to help them fund their studies.
“The real cost of the training is 25,000 euros per student per year, says Philippe Choquet. We are much less funded by the state, so we are partly dependent on student contributions. At the end of the six-year course, the students are guaranteed a job that takes into account the veterinary work situation and needs.” The director of the UniLaSalle group Philippe Choquet indicates that the establishment remains a non-profit organization with the label EESPIG.