Large animal clinic

Toulouse is at a crossroads between two major sheep and cattle production areas in France.

Hence, the school’s large animal clinic plays a crucial role in training future livestock veterinarians, in offering services to animal production industries, and in contributing to research and development in connection with animal production.


The large animal clinic, within the Husbandry and Products/Public Veterinary Health department, provides initial training (undergraduate) and specialist training (postgraduate + internship programmes) to students, and continuing education to veterinarians practicing individual or group medicine (overseeing the health of herds, consultants in husbandry), and veterinarians specialized in post-mortem examinations.


The services offered by the large animal clinic are:

Further examinations are possible thanks to the presence on the campus of laboratories and research teams in the domains of biochemistry, bacteriology, virology, parasitology, toxicology, histology, andrology…

Hospitalization of ruminants

ENVT’s large animal hospital welcomes 700 to 800 patients yearly (cattle, sheep, goats) referred by general practitioners for diagnosis and treatment. The clinic thus  puts its scientific knowledge and its technical skills in internal medicine and imaging at the disposal of private veterinarians.

Post-mortem exams of ruminants

The clinic performs 800 to 900 necropsies every year. The animals under examination come from either our hospitals (uncurable patients) or herds (cases referred by practitioners to determine and investigate the causes of death).  

Herd audits

The clinic provides temporary technical and scientific support to veterinarians and sanitary defence groups confronted with sanitary or production affecting a herd’s productivity and the quality of products among bovine, ovine or caprine species. It thus contributes to the elaboration of a diagnosis and implementation of measures to control infectious diseases, nutrition-related diseases, reproduction issues, mastitis, milk quality and parasite-borne diseases.

The clinic operates 150 to 200 audits annually in the South-West of France, Britany and Central France.

Herd monitorings

La clinique des Ruminants propose aux vétérinaires praticiens d’intervenir régulièrement, en présence d'étudiants, chez des éleveurs bovins de leur clientèle. Axé sur les apects sanitaires (troubles respiratoires, métaboliques...) ou plus spécifiquement la reproduction (examens gynécologiques, diagnostics de gestation…), cet appui scientifique et technique permet un suivi des élevages dans leur globalité pour la maîtrise en temps réel de nombreux facteurs de risque (plan sanitaire d'élevage, alimentation, bâtiment, qualité du lait…).


Research activities in partnership with professional bodies 

The clinic is well integrated in the ruminant production industries. It is also involved in research and development on husbandry and animal health issues. Our teams respond to resquests from professional bodies such as:  

  • Interprofession organizations
  • Regional associations
  • Selection organizations
  • Insemination centers
  • Farmers’ associations
  • Public Health laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical and Food industries

The clinic thus offers to professional actors its skills and scientific expertise, as well as a variety of diagnostic tools (bacteriological, virological, parasitological analyses, PCR, ELISA tests, immuno-histochemistry etc.). In order to carry out these activities, the large animal clinic benefits from technical and scientific support from the numerous research laboratories.

The following are examples of services offered by the clinic on a regular basis:

  • Caracterization of emerging diseases
  • Design and application of diagnostic tools in the context of field surveys in order to appraise diseases
  • Preliminary studies before development of vaccines
  • Studies of cases suspected of anthelmintic resistance and assessment of alternative methods to chemical treatments in the fight gastro-intestinal parasites
  • Clinical trials in collaboration with pharmaceutical laboratories to document the clinical part of the development of new drugs (innocuousness, efficacy)