From the start of the 2021 school year, the Toulouse National Veterinary School (ENVT) will open, like its three French counterparts, its recruitment to high school graduates via Parcoursup. A “revolution” for the one who had only recruited until then after two years of preparatory class. “Often the students repeated and completed an additional year to win the competition, which extended the course of our students”, notes Nicole Hagen-Picard, scientific director of the ENVT. “This reform also responds to the government’s desire for social openness, and to the desire to democratize access to grandes écoles. “
Forty high school graduates will thus be able to join a preparatory class in September, before entering the classic ENVT course the following year. They will be selected according to the options chosen for the Bac (it is recommended to opt for scientific specialties) and their academic results at first. They will then take a competition, which will consist of a series of seven workshops. “The objective of these tests will also be to confront them with the reality on the ground, which can sometimes differ greatly from the childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. “
Training in five years
Known and recognized at national and international level for the quality of its teaching and its very specialized research work, the ENVT prepares future veterinarians during four years of common core and one year of in-depth study (production animals, pets, equines, veterinary public health, research, industry). “The typical course takes place over five years and leads to a diploma in basic veterinary studies. Students can then continue with a year of internship or obtain national diplomas in veterinary specialization, ”explains Nicole Hagen-Picard.
Once graduated, students logically orient themselves in the great majority towards liberal activity (between 75% and 80% of them). The others go to veterinary public health, research, the pharmaceutical industry or the food industry. The school offers sure opportunities to its graduates, since, as Nicole Hagen-Picard notes, it has a professional integration of around 97%.
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