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The Alfort campus’ location next to the capital offers a number of advantages, but it limits the opportunities for practical training in farm animal husbandry and pathology. The Champignelles field station meets this need.

Three objectives

Contact Address: Centre d’application de l’ENVA, domaine de Croisil - 89350 ChampignellesEmail: capa@vet-alfort.fr

Tel: 33 (0)3 86 45 10 22
Fax: 33 (0)3 86 45 18 64

Centre d'application de Champignelles

The creation in 1975 of the field station at CHAMPIGNELLES (Yonne), comprising of a small mansion surrounded by about 100 hectares of agricultural land, was designed to achieve three fundamental objectives:

  • give students an opportunity to test their theoretical knowledge with the realities of fieldwork
  • provide students with the fundamental methods with which to comprehensively approach the practices of modern animal husbandry,
  • improve students’ understanding of the rural environment via contact with professionals.

These objectives required:

  • the creation of a teaching structure involving lecturers from the site of Maisons-Alfort,
  • the integration of the field station within the region, by using its own resources and by cultivating exchanges with the other actors in the rural community.

A teaching centre

Champignelles : Maison de l'Etudiant

The field station regularly welcomes groups of veterinary students during the school year for training courses lasting one week. Each group of twelve students is accompanied during the week by at least one lecturer.
Practical training puts into practice knowledge of animal husbandry, feeding, propedeutics and farm animal pathology. Special emphasis is placed on farm audits.
Students from other universities can also be trained, at the same time as veterinary students or on their own, on such subjects as: autopsies or agriculture.
There are several production units on the Champignelles site: sheep, beef, cull-cow and an experimental deer unit, as well as beehives, which allow a diversification of the activities for the students.