So what is VET 2011?
 
The world’s first veterinary school was founded in Lyon, France, in 1761, shortly followed by the Alfort veterinary school, near Paris, in 1764, both of them at the initiative of French veterinarian Claude BOURGELAT.
 
This means that 2011 will mark the 250th world anniversary of veterinary education.
 
By setting up the world’s first veterinary training institutions, BOURGELAT created the veterinary profession itself. Thus, 2011 will also mark the 250th world anniversary of the veterinary profession.
 
Bourgelat was also the first scientist who dared to suggest that studying animal biology and pathology would help to improve our understanding of human biology and pathology. 2011 will also mark the 250th anniversary of the concept of comparative Pathobiology, without which modern medicine would never have emerged.
 
Therefore, it is not just the anniversary of the creation of veterinary training that will be celebrated in France in 2011. The entire world will join in celebrating the veterinary profession, which has been working to improve both animal and human health for the past 250 years.