It's a project that has been ruffling part of the profession for months.
Since the vote in the Senate, at the end of 2020, of an article of the research programming law which authorizes private agricultural higher education establishments to train veterinarians.
Until now, training was only provided by national public schools: Maisons-Alfort (Val-de-Marne), Toulouse (Haute-Garonne), Lyon (Rhône) and Nantes (Loire-Atlantique).
End of monopoly.
A private veterinary school will open in Rouen (Seine-Maritime) at the start of the school year in September, a first in France, announces
"The UniLaSalle polytechnic institute, a school of engineers in the life sciences, has developed this project in partnership with the Rouen Normandy metropolis", welcomed the city in a press release released this weekend.
The establishment will open its doors on the Mont-Saint-Aignan university campus and registration is available on Parcoursup.
93,000 euros in tuition fees
One hundred and twenty students are expected, according to the regional daily, which recalls that the “six-year” training will cost 93,000 euros in tuition fees.
UniLaSalle is a school with non-profit association status, under the dual supervision of the Brothers of Christian Schools and the Catholic Institute of Paris, recalls the establishment on its website.
In a video, its general manager, Philippe Choquet, argues that French schools are not enough to cover the country's veterinary needs and that many practitioners are training abroad, in Belgium and Romania in particular.
The objective would therefore be to relocate.
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However, this announced opening is not unanimous.
Professionals, who are calling for the State to invest instead in national schools to increase their numbers,
denounce in particular an impact on research, on lobbying or even a breach of equality, with the arrival of this expensive cycle in the face of competitive entry into the public.
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