Universities, Institutions, Colleges and Schools Awarding Veterinary Degrees


BP 40706

44307 Nantes France


Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Nantes (ENVN)

Recognition status :

EAEVE European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education
RCVS Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Degrees :


French National Veterinary Schools cannot be ignored in terms of both animal and public health. Emphasizing clinical work and research, these schools train veterinarians who are biologists and pathologists of a very high level, practising in a wide range of extremely varied jobs. The core curriculum of veterinary studies is open to students coming from entrance examinations A, B, C or D. It is spread out over four years and leads to the Diploma of Fundamental Veterinary Studies (DEFV) which is the equivalent to Master's level. It is followed by a consolidation year, which leads to the title of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The subjects studied are organised into semestrial credit units comprising theoretical teaching, seminars, practicals and clinics, as well as individual study. The fourth year is organised mainly into a succession of intramural or extramural clinical internships. The training also includes research-oriented training periods. The volume of each credit unit and of each clinical internship is converted into academic credits, each year of study corresponding to 120 credits. A student admitted on the DEFV course can choose a path involving more in-depth study, which helps to prepare for a more specialized professional activity. This final year is also dedicated to preparing the doctoral thesis of veterinary practice, and after its completion, a viva leads to the certificate of Veterinary Doctor.