These projects complete the decentralization of the veterinary medicine program from the Université de Montréal to the Université du Québec à Rimouski, with 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 Saint-Hyacinthe campus.
The first project involves the creation of an animal center on the Saint-Hyacinthe campus. This clinical competence center will, in particular, increase the capacity to accommodate students on the Université de Montréal campus in Saint-Hyacinthe.
The second project is the remodeling of the animal shelter to allow for the expansion of hospital activities necessary to accommodate the Rimouski cohort who will complete their clinical training at the Saint-Hyacinthe campus.
Eventually, 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 worth mentioning 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 Université de Montréal to the Université du Québec à Rimouski will make it possible to increase the active population on the Rimouski campus. Ultimately, this program will train an additional 25 veterinarians per year, representing a 26% gain over current cohorts.
“With today’s and Rimouski’s announcements, our government demonstrates 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 McCann, Minister 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 places available on the Saint-Hyacinthe campus to train more students. The decentralized hub project in Rimouski and the optimization of infrastructure in Saint-Hyacinthe are therefore very well received. 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 features. » – 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 Saint-Hyacinthe has always played an important role in agricultural development in Quebec. I welcome this announcement, which only confirms once again the decisive place of the Saint-Hyacinthe campus of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Université de Montréal. 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 Soucy, MP for Saint-Hyacinthe
“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 Jutras, dean of the University of Montreal
The Minister of Higher Education, Ms.I Danielle McCann, announced today, together with the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mr. André Lamontagne, and the MNA de Saint-Hyacinthe, Mr.I Chantal Soucy, the allocation of more than US$63 million to three projects aimed at modernizing and rehabilitating the facilities of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Université de Montréal on the Saint-Hyacinthe campus. @ Photo credit CAQ communication department