Larger Schooling Investments – Greater than $101 million to coach extra veterinarians in Quebec

SAINT-HYACINTHE, QC, June 16, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – The Minister of Higher Education, Ms.I Danielle McCann, announced today, together with the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mr. André Lamontagne, and Deputy Saint HyacinthMI Chantal Soucy, the allocation of more than 63 million dollars for three projects aimed at modernizing and upgrading the facilities of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Université de Montréal on the campus of Saint Hyacinth. These projects complement the decentralization of the Veterinary Medicine program from the University of Montreal to the University of Quebec in Rimouskifor a total investment of over US$ 101 million.

These three initiatives have two objectives, namely to increase the number of students to train more veterinarians in the biofood and companion animals sectors, in addition to normalizing and renovating the spaces dedicated to this training on the campus of Saint Hyacinth.

The first project consists of creating a animal pole on the campus of Saint Hyacinth. This center of clinical competence will, in particular, increase the capacity to accommodate students on the Université de Montréal campus in Saint Hyacinth.

The second project is the reconstruction of the Animal shelter to allow the expansion of hospital activities necessary to host the cohort of Rimouski who will complete their clinical training on the campus of Saint Hyacinth.

Finally, a veterinary simulation and virtual reality center will be created on the main campus. It will be integrated into the educational program and its use will be linked to the various practical works and pre-clinical internships, while improving the training of future veterinarians. It is noteworthy that all projects will contribute to the accreditation of the program with the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC).

It should be noted that the decentralization of the veterinary medicine program from the University of Montreal to the University of Quebec in Rimouski will increase the active population on the campus of Rimouski. Ultimately, this program will train 25 more veterinarians per year, which represents a 26% gain over current cohorts.

Quotes:

“With today’s announcements and those of Rimouski, our government is demonstrating that we have a comprehensive plan to train more veterinarians in an ideal environment. The University of Montreal has the only faculty of veterinary medicine in Quebec. It is also the only francophone in North America and this announcement was long overdue. These new facilities will allow for improved teaching spaces for students as well as housing spaces for teaching animals. Investing in training the next generation by aligning ourselves with Quebec’s labor needs is how we enable our higher education institutions to position themselves as key actors for Quebec’s prosperity and economic development. »

Danielle McCannMinister of Higher Education

“The shortage of veterinarians, especially in the regions, is very real, although these professionals are essential for the development of the biofood sector. This situation results, among other things, from the lack of available places on the campus of Saint Hyacinth to train more students. The decentralized hub project in Rimouski and infrastructure optimization Saint Hyacinth are therefore very welcome. The 25 more graduates each year will significantly improve accessibility to veterinary services. Eventually, Bas-Saint-Laurent, but also all regions of Quebec will be able to benefit from this increase in new resources. »

André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and Minister responsible for the regions of Chaudière-Appalaches and Centre-du-Québec

“Historically, the City of San Jacinto has always held an important place in the agricultural development of Quebec. I welcome this announcement, which only confirms once again the decisive place of the campus of Saint Hyacinth from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Montreal. Students will be able to complete their training in facilities adapted to today’s reality and better equipped than ever. I salute all the stakeholders who played a role in the realization of this important project. »

Chantal Soucydeputy of Saint Hyacinth

“Today, we know to what extent animal health is closely linked to human health and the environment. I thank the government of Quebec for their support, which will allow us to continue training the high-level animal health professionals that all of Quebec needs. These new infrastructures will make it possible to meet the highest standards of teaching and research. »

Daniel JutrasRector of the University of Montreal

Highlights:

  • The project to decentralize the veterinary medicine program from the University of Montreal to the University of Quebec in Rimouski revolves around four subprojects:
    • the creation of the Decentralized Veterinary Medicine Training Program (PDFMV) in Rimouski;
    • the creation of an animal center on the campus of Saint Hyacinth;
    • the relocation of the campus animal shelter in Saint Hyacinth;
    • the creation of a veterinary simulation and virtual reality center on the campus of Saint Hyacinth.
  • The development of plans and specifications, both for the redevelopment of the campus and for the new infrastructure, could begin in 2022.
  • Twenty-five more veterinarians a year will be able to be trained thanks to this large-scale project.

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For more information: Valérie Chamula, Director of Communications and Press Office, Office of the Minister of Higher Education, 418 809-1180, [email protected] ; Alexandra Houde, Press Officer, Office of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 418 380-2525

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