• Action Plan

    2021-2025

    A site dedicated to our action plan that is part of the continuity of the consultation that has taken place since 2018 and aims at several objectives: to co-construct together VetAgro Sup of tomorrow, to bring out new innovative ideas, to allow all members of the university community to invest in campus life. Join us!

  • Action Plan

    A guidance for action

    ABOUT VETAGRO SUP

    A renowned higher education and research institution, VetAgro Sup is dedicated to training tomorrow’s professionals, performing high-quality research, and promoting innovation transfer. It is tackling health challenges head on with a multidisciplinary approach that is unparalleled in France. Its holistic perspective on health issues draws upon the biological sciences, biotechnical sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

     

    VetAgro Sup trains professionals, veterinarians, agricultural engineers, and veterinary public health inspectors to confidently cope with diverse situations. Its trainees find jobs in a variety of domains. While some go into private practice or choose alternative forms of self-employment, others work for private companies, non-profit organisations, consular bodies, local governments, or the national government.

     

    VetAgro Sup’s educational programmes are enhanced by the institution’s dynamic scientific research. Its holistic multidisciplinary work on major public health issues takes place within 12 defined units: it directly runs three research units and helps supervise nine joint research units; it has ties with another six units due to the affiliations of certain associate professors. All 12 units are the products of academic partnerships with a variety of educational institutions (UCBL, UCA, INPG, AgroParisTech, ENS Lyon, and ESC Clermont) and research institutes (INRAE, CNRS, INSERM, ANSES, and INRIA).

     

    VetAgro Sup’s work fuels innovation, thanks to close collaborations with industry professionals and a wide range of socioeconomic stakeholders. It also has eight centres of expertise.

    WHAT SETS VETAGRO SUP APART

    The excellence of VetAgro Sup’s three degree programmes—in veterinary medicine, agricultural engineering, and veterinary public health—is manifest in the institution’s list of national and international accreditations. A member of the prestigious French association Conférence des Grandes Ecoles, VetAgro Sup has been granted accreditations for its programmes in veterinary medicine (from AEEEV , AVMA) and agricultural engineering (from CTI and EUR-ACE). ENSV-FVI, which runs VetAgro Sup’s in-house training programmes, has been designated an OIE Collaborating Centre. Most of the institution’s technical facilities have received some form of certification or accreditation or are committed to quality assurance in their area of specialty.

     

    The coexistence of these three degree programmes at VetAgro Sup fosters interdisciplinarity, uniquely positioning the institution to help solve complex global challenges, a task that includes grappling with tremendous uncertainty.

     

    VetAgro Sup’s expertise is extremely broad and primarily focused on the following four priority areas:

    1. Comparative medicine and pathology in animals and humans, to improve veterinary medicine and surgical procedures to benefit animals and humans alike
    2. Emerging infectious diseases, to clarify the origins of disease in animals from a veterinary public health/One Health perspective by simultaneously considering wildlife populations, biodiversity, epidemiology
    3. Sustainability and multifaceted performance of agroecological strategies in agricultural systems, food systems, and regions, to produce and consume differently by accounting for regional dynamics; particular attention is paid to advancing organic farming
    4. Interactions between animals and society, to address the ethical and societal issues at play in interactions among humans, animals, and the environment and to explore animal welfare concerns

    By applying its interdisciplinary approach in its four priority areas, VetAgro Sup is helping expand the One Health concept. In 2017, it became the first French institution to join the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), which has brought together more than 150 universities worldwide.

     

    The institution is outward facing. Thanks to its dynamic partnerships, VetAgro Sup is part of a network that operates across local, regional, national, and international scales. It is firmly rooted within the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region because of its affiliations with the Universities of Lyon and Clermont-Ferrand. The institution is also a member of the Collège des Hautes Etudes Lyon Science(s) and has cultivated strong ties with both research institutes and competitive clusters. At the national level, VetAgro Sup is establishing collaborations within the 11 higher education institutions under the aegis of the French Ministry for Agriculture and Food. The institution has also signed an agreement of enhanced cooperation with the country’s other national veterinary schools. Lastly, VetAgro Sup has built an international academic network, which spurs numerous student and staff exchanges and boosts the sharing of knowledge and expertise.

     

    VetAgro Sup’s diverse communities are an ever-expanding resource, thanks to management strategies that encourage collaboration and participation by staff and students.

    BACKGROUND

    Over the next 30 years, the world’s population is expected to reach 10 billion, increasing by one-third. In all its work, VetAgro Sup remains cognisant that solutions must be found for this challenge. Some researchers have indicated that food needs will continually grow, increasing by more than 50% compared to 2010. They have also stated that, even if we learn to do more with less, other major pressing concerns will emerge. For example, climate change is likely to erode biodiversity and trigger the appearance of emerging infectious diseases in humans and animals; indeed, in humans, 75% of such diseases come from animals. More broadly, we will witness the multiplication of environmental, dietary, and health issues related to food production, processing, and consumption. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored that we must take a global approach to health, such as the one embodied in the One Health concept, which addresses the philosophical, ethical, social, and political dimensions of public health concerns. Everyday citizens will increasingly seek to remain informed about the broader implications of burgeoning technological breakthroughs related to artificial intelligence, robotisation, nanotechnologies, and smart objects, which will revolutionise the professions for which VetAgro Sup provides training. Such developments have given rise to great uncertainty and multifarious concerns. Indeed, we are seeing major ecological, energetic, digital, economic, ethical, and social transitions. Such shifts will translate into a need for innovations and skill sets that can facilitate the range of transitions to come, such as the movement of production systems towards agroecology; radical changes in food systems; improved management of health risks; better quality of life and health; and novel perspectives on relationships between humans and animals. We must also develop systemic and interdisciplinary approaches for analysing complex situations and mastering new technologies. These are all challenges that VetAgro Sup is uniquely qualified to confront by virtue of its make-up, fields of expertise, and broad spectrum of skills.

     

    At the national level, the institution must recruit greater numbers of students, as there is a lack of qualified professionals capable of dealing with the above issues. Additionally, the institution must navigate shifts in student demographics. VetAgro Sup needs to adapt to current circumstances while also continuing to provide high-quality training.

     

    OBJECTIVES

    Building on its 2016–2020 Institutional Action Plan, VetAgro Sup will continue its mission to address the world’s most pressing challenges. Drawing upon its technical facilities, centres of expertise, research teams, and scientific collaborators, it will utilise its inherent strengths, large student body, and expert staff to position itself as

     

    a major facilitator of global transitions, making maximum use of its expertise in holistic approaches1 to human and animal health

     

    VetAgro Sup has thus defined four strategic axes that prioritise both the pursuit of excellence in teaching and research as well as the well-being of staff and students. These axes, and their accompanying actions, will be carried out locally, nationally, and internationally.

     

    1A more detailed description of the global health approach is provided in the 2016–2020 Institutional Action Plan:

    In the years to come, we will face the major challenge of improving human health. To be successful, our approaches will need to become increasingly transdisciplinary and consider a multitude of variables related to animal biology and health, plants, the environment, and societal practices. By combining the life sciences, earth sciences, and social sciences, we can boost the development of innovative technologies. Global health represents an entirely new way of addressing health issues.

    For CUGH, global health has three facets:

    • Geography: health issues do not respect national borders because neither do infectious diseases or environment-related illnesses
    • Systems: health issues require multidisciplinary approaches
    • Policy: acquired knowledge must be parlayed into equitable access to health care around the world
  • AXIS 1

    One Health—combining excellence and interdisciplinarity to address global health challenges

    In its 2016–2020 Institutional Action Plan, VetAgro Sup embraced its responsibilities as a major player in public health and adopted the One Health approach. Over the next five years, the institution intends to further invest itself in this role.

    VetAgro Sup’s broader objective is to become a leading contributor in the field, thanks to its transdisciplinary exploration of the interactions between human health, animal health, and environmental health. In all its training, research, and consultancy work, the institution will continue to boost interdisciplinarity by combining diverse perspectives, and it will pass along the benefits to students, the scientific community, socioeconomic stakeholders, and society in general. Notably, it will create an amalgamation of approaches from the biological, biotechnical, clinical, and social sciences as well as the humanities. Against this backdrop, VetAgro Sup will continue to advance in its areas of excellence, maintain its accreditations, build international influence, and establish a global reputation.

    Cement VetAgro Sup’s leadership role in Global Health/One Health work in France and abroad

    Enhance the multi- and interdisciplinary expertise of the two campuses and the three degree programmes to better serve students and professionals ​

    Maintain the institution’s national and international accreditations as enrolment increases​

    Create partnership chairs and centres of expertise to promote the institution’s four priority areas

  • Action 1

    Cement VetAgro Sup’s leadership role in Global Health/One Health work in France and abroad [Coordinator: Nathalie Guerson]

    VetAgro Sup’s research teams jointly pursue a holistic approach to health and interact extensively with the world outside the institution. Internally, the goal is to underscore the benefits of collaboration while reinforcing a sense of belonging and shared values within the VetAgro Sup community.
     
    As the COVID-19 pandemic has concretely illustrated, the One Health approach is essential. It is put into practice every day at VetAgro Sup. Based on this foundation, the institution will implement the first action in the following ways:
    1. Training
    • By creating common courses for students in the medical, veterinary, and agricultural sciences that focus on health issues at the interface between humans, animals, and the environment; increasing the number of intercurricular courses (in the veterinary medicine, agricultural engineering, and veterinary public health degree programmes) to answer the French Ministry for Agriculture and Food’s call to develop alternative approaches for producing crops and livestock; and expanding the introductory coursework of veterinary public health inspectors (ISPVs) to address the relationships among health, the environment, and biodiversity
    • By providing interdisciplinary training to VetAgro Sup’s partners as part of the “One Health in Practice” degree programme and to French government employees as part of the “Advanced Training in Global Health” programme, run in conjunction with the other national veterinary schools
    • By launching the GloQual master’s degree programme with international partners and building it into an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme
    • By creating an officially recognised degree programme taught in English as part of VetAgro Sup’s Master in Veterinary Public Health
    • By establishing international collaborations with institutions that have the same profile as VetAgro Sup (i.e., that provide training in veterinary medicine, agricultural engineering, and veterinary public health) and joining forces with OIE Collaborating Centres and the WHO Academy to promote interdisciplinarity at the global scale
    1. Research
    • By encouraging all the institution’s research units to take a global approach to health
    • By developing a research plan focused on the institution’s four priority areas using four key techniques:
      1. Creating a structured yet stimulating research environment within France and abroad
      2. Supporting, developing, and nurturing the institution’s scientific work
      3. Expanding the institution’s visibility and influence, notably at the international scale
      4. Strengthening institutional ties between training and research
    • By setting up a research monitoring and evaluation system
    • By publishing an opinion paper co-authored by VetAgro Sup’s scientific community that discusses how the institution concretely puts into practice its global approach to health
    1. Communication
    - By generating value from the institution’s One Health work within France and strengthening the institution’s position within important collaborative networks (e.g., the Veterinary Public Health Initiative [VPH HUB], CUGH)

     

  • Action 2

    Enhance the multi- and interdisciplinary expertise of the two campuses and the three degree programmes to better serve students and professionals [Coordinator: Luc Mounier]

    Current and future professionals are facing societal, environmental, and economic challenges that require qualifications beyond just the basic training in their respective fields. They also need to be capable of applying transversal and interdisciplinary perspectives. The institution’s curricula are already structured around complementary expertise, but improvements can be made. With this objective in mind, the institution will implement the second action in the following ways:
    • By creating course modules of common interest to veterinarians, agricultural engineers, and veterinary public health inspectors (e.g., organic agriculture, holistic approaches to health, environmental challenges, animal welfare), which may be required or optional.
    Accordingly, the degree programme in agricultural engineering will need to become more individualised, notably by developing personalised courses. Support will be provided to the instructors involved in this work.
    - By encouraging instructors from other degree programmes to make contributions
    • By continuing to promote the joint CHEL[S] courses and course modules, so that VetAgro Sup students can benefit from the expertise and opportunities available at partner institutions; conversely, students from partner institutions will be able to benefit from the expertise of VetAgro Sup and its Summer School programme
    • By adding more interdisciplinary continuing education course modules at the institution, with a view to creating specific degree programmes

     

     
  • Action 3

    Maintain the institution’s national and international accreditations as enrolment increases​ [Coordinator: Vanessa Neto]

    VetAgro Sup’s range of accreditations and certifications are a testament to the quality of the institution’s work. The third action will be implemented by maintaining the following markers of institutional quality:
    • The current accreditations granted to the veterinary medicine programme (AEEV, AVMA) and the agricultural engineering programme (CTI and Eur-Ace); to this end, VetAgro Sup will rigorously follow up on the recommendations it has received and pre-emptively plan for the challenges that will accompany increased enrolment
    • ENSV-FVI’s designation as an OIE Collaborating Centre
    • The current accreditations and certifications granted to the institution’s technical and training facilities: AAALAC for the BIOVIVO facility; BPL for the BIOVETIM laboratory; COFRAC ISO 17025 for the LMAP Joint Research Unit; ISO 9001 and NF S96-900 for the Centre for Biological Resources (CRB); and IS0 9001 for the ABCD professional bachelor’s programme
    However, we must also go further: it is necessary to implement official quality assurance procedures in VetAgro Sup’s medical biology, toxicology, and LAV laboratories and strengthen them at the Centre for Veterinary Pharmacovigilance of Lyon (CPVL). Similarly, it is crucial to bolster VetAgro Sup’s continuing professional education programmes. Finally, the institution needs to pursue ISO 9001 certification.

     

  • Action 4

    Create partnership chairs and centres of expertise to promote the institution’s four priority areas

    [Coordinator 4 subaction pilots: Stéphane Vaxelaire]

    Subaction 4.1Comparative medicine and pathology in animals and humans: create a centre to facilitate and improve clinical research [Coordinator: Luc Chabanne]
     
    A centre (CICV) will be created to promote and support large-scale clinical research projects, both at the national (inter-ENV) and international scales. Such a resource is crucial given the institution’s abundance of successfully funded clinical research projects conducted by Agreenium and the four national veterinary schools. One of CICV’s functions will be to help identify cases that meet researcher needs and quality criteria. With support from VetAgro Sup’s research units, CICV will improve the structure and visibility of clinical research, especially work on spontaneous diseases that can be carried out at the institution’s University Veterinary Hospital (CHUV). It will add to pre-existing expertise and preclinical research (notably at the Claude Bourgelat Institute) and enhance management of biological resources (primarily via the CRB), with a view to promoting translational research in human and animal medicine and surgery and strengthening the institution’s ties with groups working in human medicine.
     
    Subaction 4.2—Emerging infectious diseases
    Research currently suggests that animals were the source for 60% of established human infectious diseases; furthermore, animals appear to have given rise to at least 75% of emerging infectious diseases in humans. Thanks to globalisation, climate change, and shifts in human behaviour, pathogens are colonising new areas, evolving into new forms, and causing epizootics and epidemics.
     
    4.2.1: Bolstering the VetAgro Sup Centre for Veterinary, Agricultural, and Wildlife Expertise [Coordinator: Emmanuelle Gilot-Fromont]
    VetAgro Sup’s Centre for Veterinary, Agricultural, and Wildlife Expertise (EVAAS) is a key source of shared specialised multidisciplinary scientific knowledge in the field of wildlife health. Fuelled by the work of specialists in VetAgro Sup’s three degree programmes as well as that of external collaborators, the centre will provide scientific and technical support to researchers who are studying wildlife health. Expertise will come from diverse fields: pharmacology, ecotoxicology, epidemiology, agronomy, anatomical pathology, parasitology, animal welfare, clinical biology, ecology, zoological medicine, microbiology, biochemistry, and infectious disease pathology. The centre will also organise seminars, conferences, and courses (e.g., MOOCs) for a variety of stakeholders, such as private partners and members of the public; these events will be heavily promoted by the communications department.The centre will contain an autopsy room for wild animals, a resource that will set VetAgro Sup apart from its collaborators (e.g., other members of the SAGIR network, the French system for wildlife disease monitoring) and that will facilitate research examining how wild species contribute to public health challenges.
     
    4.2.1: Establish a Veterinary Public Health Chair [Coordinator: Estelle Loukiadis]
     
    In January 2020, the first international initiative in Veterinary Public Health (VPH Hub) was launched. It arose from the collaborative efforts of public and private partners within the regional health ecosystem, who understood that any strategies for improving animal and human health would need to account for societal issues and ecosystem-level concerns. VPH Hub acts to catalyse public health discoveries, research, innovations, education, and industrial processes in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. One of the initiative’s actions was to create an IDEX-LYON Industrial Chair in Veterinary Public Health.
    With support from Boehringer Ingelheim, CNRS, Claude Bernard University of Lyon 1, and VetAgro Sup, this initiative has been accredited and contributes to the work being done by IDEX Lyon on the interface between biology, health, and society (Biosanté & Société). The objective is to transform Lyon into an internationally recognised site for veterinary public health training and research. The chair is striving to create a dynamic, broad, and interdisciplinary vision of public health, as embodied in the One Health concept. This work will promote veterinary public health in the following ways:
    • By creating transdisciplinary training programmes aimed at diverse, international audiences
    • By performing applied ecoepidemiological and socioeconomic research for use in the development of animal health intervention strategies
    • By constructing decision-making tools for public authorities and industry stakeholders
    Subaction 4.3—Sustainability and multifaceted performance of agroecological strategies in agricultural systems, food systems, and regions: establish an Agroecology Chair
     
    This subaction will expand VetAgro Sup’s visibility and expertise in the field of agroecology using a systemic and transdisciplinary approach.
    In France, public policies largely treat agroecology as a set of agricultural practices. However, agroecology also has technical, scientific, and social dimensions (Wesel et al., 2009) and espouses a systemic and holistic approach at all organisational levels, from individual agricultural fields to the Earth itself. From a scientific perspective, agroecology is a dynamic discipline fuelled by research in the biotechnical sciences (the agricultural sciences, animal husbandry), functional ecology (i.e., as applied to agroecosystems), the humanities, and the social sciences (Tomich et al., 2011). Broadly speaking, agroecology can be viewed as the study of all the relationships that exist within food systems, with their multitude of ecological, economic, and social facets (Francis et al., 2003).
     
    The skills developed at VetAgro Sup span all these dimensions. In its institutional action plan, VetAgro Sup is committed to (i) identifying the most effective strategies for building expertise in agroecology and establishing a reputation for quality work (e.g., via a corporate partnership chair, research chair, or centre of expertise); (ii) clearly defining strategy scope, content, and mode of action; and (iii) pinpointing the most productive relationships that the institution has with functional structures and partners.
    Given its One Health approach, VetAgro Sup is automatically tuned into topics related to organic agriculture (and food), which is a major advantage and perfect starting point for such work.
     
    Subaction 4.4—Interactions between animals and society: bolster the Animal Welfare Partnership Chair [Coordinator: Luc Mounier]
     
    Society is increasingly concerned about the well-being of animals, whether farm animals, domestic animals, or animal athletes. National recognition of VetAgro Sup’s Animal Welfare Chair is growing, which signifies a step in the right direction.
    As part of the 2021–2025 Institutional Action Plan, the Animal Welfare Chair will utilise VetAgro Sup’s internal resources to achieve the following goals:
    • Popularise important concepts related to animal welfare via published illustrations, conferences, and participation in educational events
    • Disseminate scientific knowledge on animal well-being via performances by professional actors; the production of teaching kits to be furnished to agricultural high schools or higher education institutions; the publication of articles in peer-reviewed journals; and the hosting of conferences
    • Design continuing education course modules that are open to the public and that target various audiences; promote research-based training in animal welfare (e.g., via a master’s degree, PhD, or clinical residency)
    • Ensure that animal welfare is a central concern in all of VetAgro Sup’s clinics, notably by using informational campaigns promoting best practices that are directed at clinic staff and visitors (e.g., clients, partners). The chair will foster ties with CHUV’s pain reduction centre to stay informed about pain management techniques and informational resources for different audiences
    • Inform public policies, especially those associated with the French National Strategy for Animal Welfare
    To accomplish this objective, the chair will have to fortify its partnerships with INRAE and the French National Reference Centre for Animal Welfare (CNR BEA) by bringing in more staff from VetAgro Sup’s different areas of specialty and by developing relationships with new expert collaborators and other institutions. It will also need to encourage reflection on the place of animals in society and help bring about change in how humans and animals interact over the entirety of the action plan’s duration.

  • AXIS 2

    Innovation—the institution’s driving force

    Education and research inherently drive and are driven by innovation. Fostering innovation is essential if the institution wishes to meet the ambitious objectives and high standards it has set for itself. VetAgro Sup must nourish the creativity of its students, giving them space to develop their ideas and projects. To this end, it must fuel innovation, by such measures as personalised courses, research-based training, and exposure to professional experiences. Simultaneously, the institution must strengthen the ties between teaching and research. VetAgro Sup is also committed to generating value from its research for the benefit of its private and public partners. To this end, VetAgro Sup is taking an overarching approach to nurturing innovation (education in motion), by exploring new teaching practices, locations, equipment, and management regimes. For example, a new university veterinary hospital is in the works, whose premises will be well suited to creative collaborations.
     
    This work must strive to promote personal and professional development and increase both well-being and quality of life at work for staff and students.

    Transform infrastructure on the two campuses to reflect the institution’s strategic priorities

    Renovate the University Veterinary Hospital and rethink its activities

    Implement innovative pedagogical approaches and adapt curricula to meet student and employer expectations

    Transform management regimes

    Encourage research-based training and become accredited to deliver PhDs

    Etablir un plan de valorisation et de l’innovation pour la recherche

  • Action 5 - Transform infrastructure on the two campuses to reflect the institution’s strategic priorities [Coordinator: VetAgro Sup’s chief administrative officer]

    Infrastructure on the two campuses must be redesigned to align with the transformations taking place at VetAgro Sup. Innovation and quality of life at work must be key considerations in the institution’s training, research, and consultancy activities. Increases in enrolment are a challenge that can be met by optimising how surfaces are currently being exploited; there is no need to expand the amount of area in use. Simultaneously, the institution must fully subscribe to a sustainable development approach. It is essential to embrace flexible workspaces with smart technologies, which will promote exchange and creativity within the student body and the entire VetAgro Sup community. The following steps will thus be taken:

    • Translating institutional directives into infrastructure programmes by bringing together all stakeholders
    • Identifying potential project funding from public and private partnerships
    • Beginning work to define the first phase of the projects

    This action will help improve quality of life for staff and students. It will be designed with a participatory approach so that the entire community can contribute.

  • Action 6 - Renovate the University Veterinary Hospital and rethink its activities [Coordinator: Luc Chabanne]

    The University Veterinary Hospital is a flagship for VetAgro Sup. It is where the institution welcomes the public (i.e., individuals seeking high-quality animal care) and trains all levels of students and veterinary health professionals. It is also a site of professional interactions (e.g., referred cases, collaborations, and international exchanges). As described in the upcoming state-region planning contract, the infrastructure programme’s objective is to transform this facility to incorporate new technologies and meet environmental standards with a view to better training veterinary students and health personnel, providing excellent animal care, and hosting the public. The programme must accomplish the following:

    • Cope with increasing student enrolment and meet ever more diverse educational needs
    • Continue to improve patient care and customer satisfaction
    • Meet societal expectations, particularly by becoming more environmentally responsible and boosting animal welfare
    • Communicate more extensively about the institution’s research and professional training
    • Respond to shifts in agricultural demography to the west of Lyon and, more generally, to the concerns of animal health and agricultural professionals regarding the establishment of veterinarians in rural areas
    • Express the idea that basic training is compatible with exacting pedagogical standards and should not be sacrificed when educating general practitioners

    To deal with these concerns, the programme will include off-site teaching, such as at a permanent urban facility that is accessible to people in the greatest need. This type of solidarity must become a key value for veterinarians.

  • Action 7 - Implement innovative pedagogical approaches and adapt curricula to meet student and employer expectations [Coordinator: Training Department]

    Societal changes, expansions in knowledge, and burgeoning digital technologies—these factors are profoundly affecting teaching methods, skill acquisition, and learning styles. The future graduates of VetAgro Sup must possess a core set of competencies: an openness to other cultures across the globe, an ability to adapt to novel conditions, an aptitude for teamwork, and a holistic approach to diverse situations. Even on these shifting sands, the institution must continue to customise its coursework and pedagogical perspectives. Thus, the seventh action will be implemented in the following ways:

    • By developing innovative pedagogical and digital tools to update institutional teaching methods; examples include increasingly “digitalising” courses (e.g., content, exam administration), promoting personalisation, and encouraging both self-guided study and project-based learning
    • By continuing to adapt curricula to meet student and employer expectations, to impart crucial new skills, and to provide exposure to new forms of work
    • By generating educational resources that are accessible to the greatest number of people possible to promote the independent production of high-quality scientific knowledge
    • By adapting curricula to facilitate incoming and outgoing international mobility and develop English-based instruction

    To this end, VetAgro Sup must interact more frequently with its public and private partners. It will need to incorporate the perspectives of those affected by the above factors and seek feedback from employers and researchers on the changes to be made.

  • Action 8 - Transform management regimes [Coordinator: VetAgro Sup’s general secretary]

    One major current challenge is the need to transform policymaking. From a managerial standpoint, this transformation must be accompanied by furnishing better support to administrators, encouraging more reflexive practices, emphasising the benefits of contrasting viewpoints, and using targeted training and communication. In these ways, administrators will gradually adopt new methods for directing and managing organisations. VetAgro Sup has a responsibility to foster a management culture that values community, innovation, and performance. This eighth action will be implemented in the following ways:

    • By fostering internal discussions regarding the results of the quality-of-life-at-work survey
    • By constructing a platform to encourage participation and information dissemination
    • By organising sessions with invited guests to discuss innovative management methods and 21stcentury skillsets
    • By providing tailored training to the institution’s administrators immediately upon their arrival, with refreshers taking place every year (particularly to provide regulatory updates)
    • By setting up an annual seminar for administrators that includes training, opportunities for practicing analytical skills, and team-building exercises
    • By identifying talent and providing career support for administrators
  • Action 9 - Encourage research-based training and become accredited to deliver PhDs [Coordinator: Estelle Loukiadis]

    Subaction 9.1—Introduce students of veterinary medicine and agricultural engineering to research and boost their participation in research culture

    To improve its research-based training methods, VetAgro Sup has been working with its scientific advisory board to plan effective research and scientific outreach activities for its students; events like the Science Festival or the Science Café will be expanded to encourage exchanges around research (dedicated project managers have been chosen).

     

    Some potential activities have already been identified:

    • Encouraging greater student involvement in organising scientific outreach activities

    • Supporting student research, such as via theses involving experimental veterinary practices, engineering internship reports, or research-based training associated with institutional grant programmes; reflecting on ways to generate value from the results

    • Beginning to identify and develop ways to incorporate research-based coursework into each degree programme

    • Fostering the institution’s culture of research so as to encourage certain students to pursue research careers, work that involves communicating more extensively about opportunities for master’s degrees, especially those that are jointly accredited, and about the added value of a master’s degree or a PhD for one’s career; providing greater support for the theses and careers of VetAgro Sup veterinarians and agricultural engineers; and taking action to streamline the process for earning a Master 2 degree (e.g., recognition of M1- and M2-level work, structuring of dual-curriculum programmes)

    Subaction 9.2—Add to the institution’s training opportunities by creating a PhD programme

    VetAgro Sup has three main degree programmes—in veterinary medicine, agricultural engineering, and veterinary public health—but also offers master’s degrees and professional bachelor’s degrees. More specifically, the institution is accredited to grant 10 different types of master’s degrees and 2 professional bachelor’s degrees, as part of partnerships with the Universities of Lyon, Clermont-Ferrand, Angers, and Grenoble.

    During its next HCERES evaluation period, VetAgro Sup will focus on adding to its educational opportunities by creating a PhD programme, with course modules to be run by the institution’s experienced assistant professors. The goal is to obtain authorisation to grant PhDs and to receive joint accreditations with doctoral programmes at other sites. Under this regime, students would officially enrol at VetAgro Sup and be supervised or co-supervised by the institution’s associate professors.

  • Action 10 - Establish an innovation transfer plan [Coordinator: Estelle Loukiadis]

    VetAgro Sup’s research and innovation policy seeks to generate innovations and other forms of value from its research, primarily by transferring its results to socioeconomic stakeholders. The institution must thus strike the right balance between training and research. It must also find a way to create products with economic value while simultaneously protecting the intellectual property of VetAgro Sup’s staff (e.g., research scientists, doctoral students, registered students, unregistered students, and institution personnel). This process involves controlling innovation transfer from research units to industrial partners.

    The tenth action will be implemented in the following ways:

    • By formalising VetAgro Sup’s research and innovation policy to facilitate public-private transfers
    • By strengthening policy implementation via a support unit jointly run with other public institutions, European Space Agency bureaus, or Accelerated Technology Transfer Companies (SATTs)
    • By clarifying the roles of VetAgro Sup’s technical facilities and centres of expertise in solidifying or creating new links among research, training, and innovation
    • By creating structured partnerships that highlight research team innovations
    • By keeping research scientists informed about intellectual property rights, innovation transfer to industrial stakeholders, and the creation of companies that specialise in recognising innovations, enabling the institution to expand its set of patents
  • AXIS 3

    VetAgro Sup as a catalyst of transitions

    VetAgro Sup performs work that grapples with profound societal changes, parlaying its findings into support for public policies. We are witnessing major ecological, energetic, digital, economic, ethical, and social transitions. Such shifts will translate into a need for innovations and skill sets that can facilitate the range of transitions to come, such as the movement of production systems towards agroecology; radical changes in food systems; improved management of health risks; better quality of life and health; and novel perspectives on relationships between humans and animals. It is the institution’s responsibility to train future professionals as effectively as possible. To this end, VetAgro Sup will first identify the major issues related to ongoing transitions and then ensure that they are addressed in course content. In this way, students will enter their careers prepared to act. VetAgro Sup is dedicated to providing lifelong training in its areas of specialty, with the objective of helping professionals navigate the major transitions we are observing. Finally, the institution must show a clear and abiding commitment to sustainable development. In particular, VetAgro Sup must participate in energetic and agroecological transitions—integrating them not only into its course content but also into its campuses, in line with the Prime Minister’s guidelines in the Memorandum of February 2020 that described how to make public institutions more environmentally responsible.

    Identify the expectations of socioeconomic stakeholders via a job observatory and detect new professional needs/career paths

    Embrace the digital transition

    Emphasise alternative approaches to production and consumption in VetAgro Sup coursework

    Lead by example in the ecological transition

  • Action 11 -Identify the expectations of socioeconomic stakeholders via a job observatory and detect new professional needs/career paths [Coordinator: Luc Mounier]

    Professions are ever changing, and we can expect that new career paths will appear in the coming years. It is essential for the skills of VetAgro Sup graduates to evolve in tandem.

     

    The eleventh action will be implemented in the following ways:

    • By launching a job observatory to identify new professional needs and skills in collaboration with other institutions; educational needs related to veterinary medicine and agricultural engineering will specifically be examined
    • By setting up a development council for each degree programme that brings together VetAgro Sup representatives and external partners; this council may eventually focus more on agricultural engineering or on the fifth year of the veterinary medicine programme
    • By cultivating relationships with alumni of the veterinary medicine, agricultural engineering, and veterinary public health degree programmes
  • Action 12 - Embrace the digital transition [Coordinator: David Chavernac]

    The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored that VetAgro Sup’s digital strategies must be overhauled. To keep pace with a constantly changing world, institutions must adapt their use of digital technologies to better fit each new generation of staff and students. The institution’s digital transformation must respond to the needs and expectations of professionals, the general public, and society itself. The twelfth action will be implemented in the following ways:

    • By promoting the responsible use of digital technology at VetAgro Sup (e.g., as part of teaching, research, consultancy activities, support, and campus life); a digital technologies group will be formed to propose ideas and provide support to the institutional community
    • By updating teaching methods and coursework to better train students to deal with novel directions in their future jobs (e.g., telemedicine, management of big data, e-agriculture, and artificial intelligence)
  • Action 13 - Emphasise alternative approaches to production and consumption in VetAgro Sup coursework [Coordinator: Damien Trémeau]

    The French Ministry for Agriculture and Food has implemented an action plan to promote the agroecological transition. Its central tenet is that we must alter our approaches to production and consumption. Future directions need to be decided in a more participative manner and by employing a bottom-up strategy. A key part of this work will be exchanges within educational settings and the broader dissemination of knowledge.

     

    The thirteenth action will be implemented in the following ways:

    • By continuing the institution’s significant investment in “Challenge 1: Sustainable agroecosystems in a context of global change”, which is part of the I-Site CAP 20-25 Initiative
    • By putting in place the GloQuaL master’s degree (M1 & M2) with European partners
    • By contributing to the Climate Collage Project
    • By designing joint course modules focused on sustainable development
    • By helping create a shared CHEL[S] course module on sustainable development
  • Action 14 - Lead by example in the ecological transition [Coordinator: Damien Trémeau]

    The Transitions Collective is composed of VetAgro Sup staff and students. Its goal is to help the institution adopt more environmentally responsible decisions related to work travel, catering services, and campus life. VetAgro Sup has already demonstrated its large-scale commitment to sustainability by adopting a One Health approach. Now, it must also show that this commitment extends to the smaller scale. The institution needs to implement changes in its daily operations, such as in its use of plastics and water, its management of waste, and its policies on public transport or ridesharing. Furthermore, when international work travel is necessary, support should be provided for more ecological means of transport, particularly when mobility occurs within Europe. In addition, tools are needed to help monitor the environmental impacts of travel choices. The Transitions Collective has taken a participatory approach to this process, which it wishes to help shape. It is working with the institution’s top management board to develop *ad hoc*methods of operation.
    This innovative governance model seeks to revisit all VetAgro Sup’s objectives and responses in light of the ecological, economic, and social transitions the world is facing.

     

    Subaction 14.1—Commit to supporting the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development [Coordinator: Stéphane Vaxelaire]

    Higher education institutions can sign an agreement signalling their commitment to supporting the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are described in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Signatories must provide an annual report on the progress made that shares the lessons learned at both national and international scales. One of our objectives is to present findings from sector-specific reports at the annual UN High-level Political Forum.
  • AXIS 4

    Opening the door to excellence

    VetAgro Sup must embrace an outward-facing vision to foster excellence, drive innovation, and facilitate global transitions. This perspective will be espoused at all institutional levels and by all VetAgro Sup stakeholders. It will also promote greater diversity in student recruitment. The desired result is stronger interactions with various networks at the local level (university campuses, CHEL[S]), the national level (ties between educational institutions specialising in veterinary vs. agricultural sciences, Agreenium), and the international level. Such an approach will also open the door to partnerships with socioeconomic stakeholders at various spatial scales (e.g., chairs, hosting of start-ups). These mutual exchanges will help the institution thrive. Our aim is also to seed our global approach to health in the sectors where it could have the greatest impact. To this end, three types of actions will be pursued. The institution will (i) strengthen the international dimension of its training and research programmes; (ii) develop collaborations with a view to informing policymaking; and (iii) enhance its visibility, improve its attractiveness, and participate more fully in networks of excellence.

    Promote a more diverse student body

    Build formal partnerships with socioeconomic stakeholders

    Increase the visibility of VetAgro Sup’s technical facilities and centres of expertise

    Développer des actions "science ouverte"

    Strengthen the institution’s new international strategy

  • Action 15 - Promote a more diverse student body [Coordinator: Damien Trémeau]

    It is important to recruit a broader range of students, both because of the inherent value of diversity (e.g., in gender, background, and socioeconomic status) and to offer equal opportunities to all. At present, the way in which individuals gain access to VetAgro Sup degree programmes in veterinary medicine and agricultural engineering acts as a significant filter on the student body. To obtain a more diverse applicant pool, it is crucial to expand the population from which future students are drawn and to render it less homogeneous. The fifteenth action will be implemented in the following ways:

    • By establishing a common first-year curriculum at all of France’s veterinary schools
    • By collaborating with other French agronomy institutions to develop campaigns for recruiting secondary school graduates into degree programmes in the agricultural sciences
    • By diversifying recruitment by ENSV-FVI
    • By strengthening the ties between vocational, professional, and academic post-secondary training in the agricultural sciences, notably via the PASTAURA programme
  • Action 16 - Build formal partnerships with socioeconomic stakeholders [Coordinator: Stéphane Vaxelaire]

    To advance, VetAgro Sup must openly seek out well-structured partnerships with socioeconomic stakeholders. These efforts will be based on new partnership models already being used at France’s universities and grandes écoles. The result will be novel, structured, and long-lasting exchanges that bolster the work of our partnership chairs. The following are some examples of steps in this direction:

    • Developing networks composed of VetAgro Sup’s partners, official representatives, and alumni

    • Hosting start-ups on the institution’s campuses

    • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities for all levels of students

    • Creating a foundation

    • Expanding the range of continuing education programmes at France’s veterinary schools

     

    Subaction 16.1—Create continuous training programmes specifically focused on meeting the expectations of socioeconomic and institutional stakeholders [Coordinator: Cécile Chuzeville]

     

    VetAgro Sup provides high-quality continuing education in the sciences to a range of professionals whose work requires lifelong learning. The need for this type of training is growing, and the expectations that professionals have for these programmes are constantly changing. Thanks to its continuing education programmes, the institution has built a reputation around the expertise of its staff. This reputation means that staff can easily reach out to practicing professionals, thus enriching educational and scientific work at VetAgro Sup.

    Given this context, it is important for VetAgro Sup to build adaptability into its continuing education programmes and to seek out contributions from all its personnel. In this way, it will be easier to navigate the shifting expectations of socioeconomic and institutional stakeholders, respond to the regulatory changes affecting continuing education programmes, and meet the evolving needs of diverse audiences. Ultimately, accomplishing this goal may require creating a specialised body dedicated to continuing education that involves all of France’s veterinary schools.

  • Action 17 - Increase the visibility of VetAgro Sup’s technical facilities and centres of expertise [Coordinator: Jeanne-Marie Bonnet]

    The institution’s technical facilities and centres of expertise boast state-of-the-art scientific and technological equipment. Their expert staff provide a range of training, research, and professional services—from directly producing results, with or without scientific support, to successfully launching partnerships. However, having all of these resources means little if their existence is not known to those who could benefit from them, a group that includes academic partners, policymakers, socioeconomic stakeholders, and the informed or uninformed public. The seventeenth action will be implemented in the following ways:

    • By carrying out an evaluation of VetAgro Sup’s laboratories with two objectives in mind: to make lab work as efficient as possible and to functionally group the facilities to generate a suite of standardised services; these efforts will create a centralised, more effective entity that displays greater technical expertise
    • By participating in Biotuesdays, a networking event focused on public health and the life sciences in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region; there, the institution can spread awareness of its expertise by interacting with entrepreneurs in these two fields as well as with the entrepreneurs’ economic, scientific, and clinical partners
    • By taking part in trade fairs and conferences as exhibitors to present VetAgro Sup’s technical facilities and connect with potential customers
    • By using the institution’s newsletters to promote its actions, research, and educational opportunities
    • By expanding the institution’s quality assurance approach, which is a useful tool for improving laboratory structure and operations; it is also a way to draw in and improve relationships with clients
    • By developing new analytical approaches to enhance the institution’s attractiveness
    • By organising seminars to present and highlight the work and talent at VetAgro Sup’s centres of expertise
    • Creating new links among research, training, and innovation as well as establishing new off-site teaching locations (e.g., Farm’InnLab and facilities for carrying out large-scale demonstrations of veterinary and agricultural innovations)
  • Action 18 -Promote open science [Coordinator: Stéphane Vaxelaire]

    As a publicly funded institution, VetAgro Sup is committed to making science as open as possible to all of civil society and the general public. In 2020, the institution created a portal to HAL, France’s online open archive, through which its scientific work can be freely and openly accessed. The aim of the eighteenth action is to promote the proper training of researchers as well as to make research more accessible to society. To this end, it is important to normalise the idea that scientific discoveries should be explained and popularised so that they can be understood by non-specialists (e.g., everyday citizens, students, journalists, and politicians). Another goal is to more strongly encourage members of civil society to help produce scientific knowledge. At a broader scale, VetAgro Sup will adopt a new communications strategy to better disseminate the results of its work: it will invest more heavily in its relationships with the press, to ensure that its research comes up more frequently in mass media. It will also organise conference series and other events that will be open to all and relayed via social media.

  • Action 19 - Strengthen the institution’s new international strategy [Coordinator: Gilles Brunschwig]

    The nineteenth action will help cement the three pillars of VetAgro Sup’s official international strategy in the following ways:

    • By incorporating an international dimension into the institution’s educational programmes
    • By expanding collaborations focused on training, research, and consultancy to better inform public policies
    • By bolstering formal partnerships to help create a strong network of international collaborations framed by the One Health approach

    These steps will expand the breadth of the strategy’s three pillars, providing structural strength. It will be important to nurture this international vision within the VetAgro Sup community of staff and students, keeping it in mind when new curricula and research projects are being developed. Finally, success will be contingent on making available a range of tools (e.g., press kits, VetAgro Sup website pages translated into three or four languages, course modules taught in English, dedicated educational platforms, and partnership networks).

  • RETROPLANNING

    METHODOLOGY USED TO DEVELOP THE 2021–2025 INSTITUTIONAL ACTION PLAN

     

    The strategic priorities described in the 2021–2025 Institutional Action Plan were identified in preparation for VetAgro Sup’s HCERES evaluation. The executive committee and the direct’s strategic priorities committee developed an outline of its content for the staff. Starting from this foundation and after incorporating the recommendations made by HCERES and CTI, the entire VetAgro Sup community—administrative staff, teaching staff, and students—participated in several rounds of internal discussion that helped jointly construct the plan. The outcome of these exchanges was the set of concrete and measurable actions upon which the plan is based. Each action has a designated coordinator, who will identify budgetary and human resource needs.

     

    Next Step : presentation to CA

    The 2021 march 15st

     

     

    Lauching meeting for action's coordinators

    The 2020 December 7st

     

     

    Action Plan Validation

    The 2020 December 4st

    Last concertation during General Assembly

    The 2020 November 4th and 5th

    Brainstorming workshops by axis

    The 2020 June 4, 11, 17 , 22

     

     

    Students and staffs surveys

    From 2020 may 17 to 2020 June 3

     

     

    Project plan meeting COS+CODIR

    The 2020 October 4st

     

     

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