Canada - University of Montreal Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
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The University of Montreal's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is the only French-language veterinary college in North America, and the only veterinary education and research facility in Quebec. It is located in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, about 60 km from the University's downtown campus, in the heart of the most important agricultural region in Quebec. In addition to education and research, the faculty offers a range of external services.
The Faculty is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
In French, the faculty is referred to as: La Faculté de médecine vétérinaire de l'Université de Montréal.
In 1886, French veterinarian Victor-Théodule Daubigny founded a veterinary school in Montreal where teaching would be conducted only in French, l’École vétérinaire française de Montréal (The French Veterinary School of Montreal). At this point in time, three other veterinary schools already existed in Quebec; however, the school that Daubigny founded was the only one able to survive the crises, wars, and declining horse industry Quebec faced over the next several decades.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Daubigny's son, François-Théodule Daubigny, took over and negotiated a successful association with the University of Montreal; however, large financial difficulties forced the veterinary facultry to leave Montreal in 1928, moving to an agricultural school in Oka, Quebec.
In the summer of 1947, the veterinary school left Oka and re-established in St. Hyacinthe, a region with a strong agricultural potential. The construction of the school's buildings was completed in 1953 and accredited in 1954. Ten years later, the school's first bovine and equine clinic was opened. The first woman was admited to the program in 1965.
The school was officially considered a Faculty in 1969 and, in 1975, the school officialy became the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Montreal; this year also marked the inauguration of the largest clinic in Quebec that specialized in small animals. All these factors lead to the formation of several research groups at the Faculty, as well as the introduction of graduate level education options.
After celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Faculty began undertaking large-scale projects to transform the institution, and recent work has allowed the school to triple the space available for clinical teaching. Today, the Faculty has a modern and well-equiped veterinary teaching hospital that is considered to be one of the best in America.