Avenue du Général de Gaulle 7
94704 Maisons-Alfort France
Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort (ENVA)
Recognition status :
EAEVE European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education
RCVS Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
The School of Alfort is the oldest veterinary school located on its original site. It was created by Claude Bourgelat in 1766. Big names of biological and medical research have worked and made many discoveries. Two months after creating the Veterinary School of Lyon (1763), Claude Bourgelat, squire of King Louis XV, asked Bertin, Comptroller General of Finance, for the transfer of this property in Paris. Bertin wishing to develop veterinary education, decided to establish a veterinary school in Paris, while maintaining that of Lyon. In 1765, Bourgelat brought from Lyon anatomist Honore Fragonard, the clinician Philibert Chabert and some of his best pupils, and settled in Paris in a house near the Boulevard de la Chapelle. But the cramped quarters, the cost of forage in Paris and an environment injurious to the morals of the students prompted to choose another location. The choice fell on the Chateau d'Alfort, owned by Baron de Bormes which was more conducive with its meadows and arable land, education of rural students. The deed was signed December 27, 1765 and teaching began in October 1766. Veterinary studies are unique in combining a theoretical approach and clinical practice. The duration of Veterinary Studies is fixed at seven years, including the first two general biological training. The five years in the veterinary schools are organized into two semesters: the first eight, common training for all students and the last two, specialisation. Read more ...