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Ecole Inter Etats des Sciences et Medecine Veterinaires de Dakar

Ecole Inter Etats des Sciences et Medecine Veterinaires de Dakar


Launched in 1961, the idea of establishing a veterinary school for all the French-speaking African countries became a reality in 1968. EISMV today has 14 member countries. In 40 years of existence it has trained 1,036 vet doctors and it participates in both intra-continental African cooperation and world cooperation efforts.
In 1961, during the Dakar Medical days, a proposal was first floated to create, within the University of Dakar, a veterinary faculty for all French-speaking African states. This idea was born of a FAO / WHO Expert Consultation on Veterinary Education held in London (United Kingdom) in 1960. The assessment of the project, undertaken by Senegal in 1963, led to the "First International Meeting on veterinary education in French-speaking Africa" which gathered in Dakar in December 1965, with 14 states, 6 universities and 8 international Organisations.
Following various national and international recommendations, OCAM resolutions (African and Malagasy Common Organisation) and on the advice of the Special Veterinary Education’s Technical Commission, the Franco-Senegalese Joint Commission for Higher Education and the Conference of Ministers of Education, the decision is made, June 20, 1966, by Senegal, to open within the University of Dakar, at the start of October 1967, a one year preparatory course for veterinary studies (CPEV).
In October 1968, the first training course opened at the Institute of Veterinary Science and Medicine of the University of Dakar. Initially, the institute was to become a fully fledged body, albeit of a particular Interstate structure, as the first students completed their fourth year of studies. This development was amended because the Conference of OCAM Heads of State and Government (N’djamena, Chad, Jan 1971) adopted the Convention creating and organising the Inter-State School of Veterinary Sciences and Medicine of Dakar or EISMV.
As of 1971, the Veterinary Institute, which operated within the University of Dakar, became a specialised OCAM agency and gradually acquired administrative and financial independence from the University of Dakar.
This development accelerated from July 1976 with the appointment of the first African Director of the institution, Prof. Ahmadou Lamine Ndiaye.
From 1968 to 1976, the establishment was headed by Professor Jean FERNEY, of the French technical assistance. The School was administered by a Board of Ministers representing member states which met annually. Ministers were accompanied by experts from Livestock and / or Higher Education departments. When OCAM was dissolved in March 1985, the Board became the supreme authority of the institution. The Senegalese Government has signed with EISMV a headquarters agreement.
EISMV is a tool of both African and international cooperation. It benefits from the support of France which had underpinned its creation, through, amongst others, the determination of French pioneers such as the Veterinary Inspector General R. BLANC and Professors C. BRESSOU, JC GODFRAIN, J. FERNEY ... who challenged critics questioning the project as many training courses existed in France and elsewhere. Subsequently other countries came to enlarge the circle of solidarity: Belgium, Canada, Italy, Germany, and New Brunswick.
EISMV, open to all African member states, or countries acceding to the convention, currently includes 14 member countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Chad & Togo. In May 2008, EISMV celebrated its 40th anniversary.
EISMV has trained, from its inception to December 31 2007, exactly 1036 Veterinary Doctors from West Africa (666) Central Africa (292) and others countries (28) such as Madagascar and France.


EISMV has a dual mission of teaching and research. It has trained 986 veterinarians since its inception in 1974, but its missions also include a contribution, through research and development and its expertise, to poverty reduction, food security and economic development.
EISMV provides higher education matching veterinarian needs in Africa. Courses consist of all the knowledge essential to any veterinarian, i.e. all that concerns the animal production and animal health, conservation and exploitation of animals, including animal economics and production management, animal husbandry, hygiene, medicine, surgery and pharmacy, as well as control and use of animal products, including fishery products.
At the research level, EISMV aims at contributing to the promotion of economic growth, poverty reduction and food security in both cities and countryside of members and non members states through Research & Development activities and expertise in the areas of animal production and animal health.

Human Resources

EISMV employs competent and high-level African faculty members, who contribute to the reputation of the institution and its adaptation to African realities.
EISMV, African faculty staff Early on, institution officials realised that financial autonomy, as well as scientific quality and independence, were needed to ensure sustainability.
Therefore, priority was given to training of trainers. EISMV now has African staff of a high scientific level with profiles well suited to African realities.
EISMV, a competent faculty Very strict teacher recruitment guidelines now underpin the reputation of the institution. Promotion is insured through the African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES).
On 1 January 2008, EISMV faculty included 28 teachers, of which 15 have reached the highest academic rank qualification :

  • 10 professors, including its Director
  • An Associate Professor (MCA)
  • 3 Head Assistants (MA)
  • A Senior Research Fellow(CR)
  • 13 assistants (A)
Currently 14 of the 15 PhD teachers have been promoted to permanent functions. EISMV faculty is divided into two departments:
  • The Department of Biological Sciences and Animal Production
  • The Department of Public Health & Environment


List of Teachers
First NamesFamily NameEmarginated
Professor Louis Joseph PANGUI  
Professor Ayayi Justin AKAKPO  
Professor Malang SEYDI  
Professor Germain Jérôme SAWADOGO  
Professor Moussa ASSANE  
Professor Papa El Hassan DIOP  
Professor Yalacé Yamba KABORET  
Professor Cheikh LY  
Professor Rianatou Bada ALAMBEDJI  
Professor Ayao MISSOHOU  
Professor Serge N. BAKOU  
Dr. Oubri Bassa GBATI  
Dr. Yaghouba KANE  
Dr. Assionghon TEKO-AGBO  
Dr. Alain Richi KAMGA WALADJO  
Dr. Rock Allister LAPO  
Dr. Bellancille MUSABYEMARIYA  
Dr. Serigne Khalifa Babacar SYLLA  
Dr. Mireille Kadja WONOU  
Dr. Bruno PUEJEAN  
Dr. Gualbert NTEME-ELLA  
Dr. Komlan AKODA  
Dr. Simplice B. AYSSIWEDE  
Dr. Philippe Soumahoro KONE  
Dr. Adrien MANKOR  
Dr. Hélène VIDON


Authorities and Bodies


EISMV has a streamlined administrative and educational organisation. It is headed by a Director and governed by a Board. These authorities rely on two advisory bodies, the School Council and the Council of Teachers.

The Council of Teachers This organisation has been adopted within the framework defined by the convention establishing and organising EISMV (Dakar,1986)


Administratively, the school is headed by a director responsible for running the school. He or she is appointed, by the Board of Ministers, among lecturers or higher staff members, under the provisions of the convention on the establishment and organisation of EISMV, for a five year renewable period.

The director is both Director and Lecturer.

The Director is assisted by:

  • a Financial and Administrative Director
  • a Studies Coordinator
  • a Research and Development Coordinator
  • an Internships and post-graduate training Coordinator

The Directors of EISMV since its inception:

  • Prof. Jean FERNEY, French, (1968-1976)
  • Prof. Ahmadou Lamine Ndiaye, Senegalese, (1976-1986)
  • Prof. Alassane Sere, Burkinabese, (1986-1994)
  • Prof. Francis Abedayo ABIOLA, Beninese, (1994-2005)
  • Prof. Louis Joseph PANGUI, Congolese, since September 2005

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors makes decisions on administrative, financial and technical matters.


The Board is composed of ministers of member states or their duly authorized representatives, at the rate of one vote per state.

The following are statutory members of the Board with advisory status
a) the Secretary General of OCAM or his representative,
b) the Secretary General of CAMES or his representative
c) the Director of the school assisted by the Secretary-General
d) two representatives of the faculty staff:

  • one for teachers and lecturers,
  • one for senior lecturers and assistants, elected for two years by each of these two categories,
    e) a representative of the administrative, technical and service personnel, elected for two years,
    f) a student representative, elected by his / her peers for the duration of the academic year.

The Board may invite any person to its sessions because of their competence and qualification.


A Chairman of the Board of Ministers is elected at the end of each regular session. Board chairmanship rotates between member states. However, the mandate of an elected chairman can be renewed once.

The Minister of Higher Education of the host country serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Ministers.

Meeting of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets in regular session at least once a year in the host country, convened by its chairman. However, at the end of each regular session, the Board of Directors may decide to hold the next regular session in another Member State.

Upon request of the chairman or at the request of two thirds of the members, the Board of Ministers meets in special session at the school headquarters.

Role of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors:

1) suggests to governments of participating states possible changes to the school’s statutes

2) approves, after consultation with each state, student quotas for each member state

3) approves accounts for the previous financial year and adopts the budget of the school. It establishes the allocation of costs between the relevant states, determines material rules and financing of training courses and various services provided by the school.

4) presents the Chairman with draft agreements to be concluded with other countries, and academic or professional inter-African and international bodies

5) determines technical assistance provided by the school to various member states

6) appoints the Director and the Secretary-General upon proposals from the governments of their countries of origin, terminates their functions and notifies Member States

7) adopts and amend school rules and procedures

8) handles final appeals on disciplinary measures

9) finalises, within the institution’s strategic plan, proposals concerning the organisation of studies

10) may call upon, as necessary, representatives of the States or outside agencies involved in or funding the school

11) appoints and dismisses, upon proposal of the Director, management personnel in accordance with their statutes

The school budget is supported by the States along a distribution method adopted by the Board of Ministers. In case of permanent closure of the school, the Board of Ministers shall determine the procedures for liquidation of assets and liabilities of the school.

Decisions of the Board of Directors

The deliberations of the Board are valid if two thirds of the members are present or duly represented.
If a quorum is not reached, a second meeting will take place within two months with the same agenda. During this meeting, decisions will be valid whatever the number of people present.

Decisions of the Board of Ministers are taken by absolute majority. In the event of a tie the Chairman shall have a casting vote.

The School Council

The School Council is an advisory body which monitors the quality of training and makes proposals pertaining to both pedagogical and strategic aspects of school life.


The School Council, chaired by the Director, includes:

  1. a veterinary surgeon designated by the host country
  2. two veterinary surgeons, representing the veterinary services of two member states (one per country), appointed by the Board of Directors
  3. Heads of departments
  4. two representatives of the administrative, technical and service staff, elected by their peers
  5. two student representatives elected by their peers

School Council mandates are of two years, except for student representatives who are renewed each year

School Council Meeting The School Council meets prior to Board of Ministers meeting with an agenda distributed to its members by the Chairman. The Chairman is required to convene the School Council upon pointed written request of two-thirds of its members.

Role of the School Council

"The School Council shall ensure the quality of training and graduation diploma.

It suggests pedagogical improvements, particularly as regards to recruitment and admissions, programme facilities, changes in training orientation, teaching organisation, research orientation and school regulations.

The School Council reviews Council of Teachers proposals pertaining to teacher’s recruitment and careers.

The Council reviews all issues relating to school life and all matters referred to it by the Board, the Director, the Council of Teachers, the Scientific Council, the Student Council and Administrative, Technical and Service Staff.”

The School Council proceedings are recorded.

The School Council mission can be summarised by the four following operational objectives:

  • teaching
  • research
  • institutional influence
  • partnerships

The Council of Teachers

The composition, powers and functioning of the Council of teachers are determined by the statutes school rules and procedures

Administration Services

Registrar’s office


  • enrols students
  • programmes courses, practical work and internships
  • organises examinations and testing
  • monitors each student’s academic progress
  • prepares and issues diplomas

Contact Study Coordinator
E-mail: /

Resources and housing management

Mr. Barra Diaw
Tel. +221 33 865 1008 ext 120
Open: 8am-3pm

Personnel and programme financing


  • monitors staff records
  • manages staff
  • prepares recruitment
  • manages retirement plans and social security contributions
  • manages school vehicle fleet
  • manages and follow-up on budgetary expenses

Mr. Yack Sene
Tel: +221 33 865 1008

Employment Opportunities


The following web pages are available for job search:

NGOs and development partners

Research Centres

Various sites Veterinary

Non veterinarian pages


Directory of further education degree programmes open to veterinary surgeons

  • The exponential growth of scientific knowledge in the veterinary field, in recent decades, has had consequences on initial training. It is not possible, in a few years, to fully cover all the topics related to animal production and health. Faced with increasing labour market demands for skills, or to further knowledge of areas of interest, more and more young graduates as well as working professionals are now seeking specialising training.
  • The guide available here for download identifies a number of courses, mostly level 2 masters, open to graduate veterinarians. Some are offered by EISMV (and are detailed on this site), others are offered by schools or faculties in Europe. This guide is not comprehensive and is only intended to facilitate research by those interested in training best suited to their goals.
  • Courses are classified by major themes. For each course some elements of content are provided along with a link to a website with more information.
  • Guide des formations complementaires

Masters and doctorates

EISMV provides three post-graduate training of Master 2 level and doctoral level.

Postgraduate Training

Master VPH

Master Food Sciences

Master animal productions and sustainable development

Doctoral Training

EISMV is a member of the Graduate School "Sciences of Life, Health and the Environment" with three doctoral programs:

  • Animal Health and Biotechnology
  • Animal Production and Biotechnology
  • PastoralismDuring the 2004-2005 academic year, the DEA-PA was nominated Regional Centre of Excellence by WAEMU.

This meant EISMV received 107MCFA in financial support, allocated over two years and covering the following topics: Improving educational equipment, Acquisition of scientific literature, Access to DEA scholarships, professionalisation actions.

Initial training


To train veterinary doctors in a multinational African context.To date 975 veterinary doctors have been trained, including 100 women.


  • Develop better student support
  • Allocate time for internships and personal work
  • Facilitate pedagogical cooperation within and between educational institutions

Training format

Currently six years of study as follows:

  • A preparatory year sanctioned by the Preparatory Certificate for Veterinary Studies (CPEV)
  • Four years of studies leading to the Certificate of Completion of Veterinary Studies (CFSEV)
  • A final year to write and present a thesis and receive the State Veterinarian Doctor DiplomaAs of November 2006, EISMV has implemented the LMD system by reorganising teaching in semesters.

Educational Units and training programmes

The training is structured around two academic departments under the direction of a Study Coordinator:

  • Department of Biological Sciences and Animal Productions
  • Department of Public Health and Environment, with the support of the Communication Department


You are a student and you wish to register with EISMV either in a prepatory course or in the fist year of veterinarian studies. You must first compile and then submit an application form.

Candidates’ application forms are either publicly submitted to EISMV by the Ministry for Higher Education or sent privately to the Director of EISMV, BP 5077 Dakar (Senegal).`

The file must include:

To be admissible to the preparatory course (CPEV):

  • A handwritten application letter addressed to the Director
  • Scientific Baccalaureat or proof of
  • Baccalaureat Transcripts
  • Notes from the graduating class

Admission to first year of study Veterinary

  • A handwritten application letter addressed to the Director
  • University Diploma in Scientific Studies (1st year of Faculty of Science) or the Preparatory Certificate for Veterinary Studies (CPEV)


You have been admitted to EISMV either for initial training or for a Master, you now need to pay fees and tuition.

Initial training

Registration fee: 50 000 FCFA / year


  • 750 000 FCFA / year for CPEV
  • 2 500 000 FCFA/ year from the 1st to the 5th year of veterinarian studies


Registration fee: 50 000 FCFA / year
Tuition : Quote available on request
Laboratory fee : Quote available on request

Internships and continuing education

EISMV offers students and professionals a wide range of courses, as internhips or professional training, ranging from short course to Masters in more than a dozen partner institutions abroad.

EISMV training

  • Masters in Human Food Quality
  • Masters in Animal Productions Sustainable Development (PADD)
  • Masters in Veterinary Public Health

Professional Training delivered by EISMV

EISMV provides qualifying training for graduated veterinarians. These courses are especially designed for professionals who need to round off their knowledge or to improve their competences. They address the needs of public service agents as well as those of private veterinarians. Within the framework of its activities as an OIE collaborating centre for the training of official veterinarians, EISMV develops specific training modules for this particular public.

These training sessions can be implemented according to various terms:

  • Individual professional training, within EISMV laboratories and technical platforms,
  • Group training sessions based on EISMV catalogue,
  • A la carte courses, designed to answer specific requests. In the last two cases, trainings can be implemented on the EISMV campus, or in the different member countries, depending on needs and requests.

Here follow a few examples of individual professional trainings implemented within EISMV technical platforms:

  • training of one Burkinabe technician for 2 months on artificial insemination within the biochemistry and endocrinology laboratory, in 2008;
  • training of two Chadian technicians for 3 months on food microbiological and physicochemical analyses, in 2008-2009;
  • training of one veterinarian from the Republic of Central Africa for 6 months on “Newcastle disease seroprevalence in backyard poultry”, within the microbiology and immunology laboratory, in 2009.

These are a few examples of group trainings implemented by EISMV:

  • Veterinary products: legislative and regulatory issues;
  • Crisis management, contingency plans and media training;
  • Quantitative and statistical methods for ecology and epidemiology;
  • Laboratory diagnostic techniques (course designed for clinicians).

EISMV also contributes to the implementation of training sessions organised by its partners.

Campus France

Campus France is a service of the French Embassy in Senegal, open to Senegalese and foreigners residing in Senegal who wish to continue their studies in France.

Campus France can help Senegalese and foreign students residing in Senegal who

  • Obtained a Senegalese, French or foreign Baccalaureate
  • Are candidates for graduate studies in France. Even if you have a French or Senegalese scholarship, you must still apply with Campus France.
    For more

You can also visit the usefulwebsite that offers a complete inventory of scholarship opportunities.

Training Proposals for professionals and EISMV students

Directory of further education degree programmes available to veterinary surgeons

Academic Regulations

Memo Rules Control Knowledge Skills

Graduate Follow-up Surveys

As part of the school project, graduate follow-up surveys of EISMV Alumni were conducted.

In 2006, 116 EISMV students who graduated between 2001 and 2005 and represent 70% of related classes responded to a survey. This study has highlighted a relatively good employability of EISMV graduates.

Evolution of EISMV graduates employability

The first year after graduation is, for two thirds of the graduates, an orientation phase during which they perform internships, look for work or take additional training. The following years see the employability rate increase steadily from 42% in first year to 64% in the second, 73% in the third, 77% in the fourth and 93% after 5 years.

Distribution of EISMV graduates by areas.


Graduates of EISMV work in various fields. The two main areas of activity are general public veterinarian services and clinic or private practice. Then come education, trade in veterinary medicines and specialised civil service activities (food hygiene, fisheries sector).

Student Mobility

EISMV seeks to facilitate the mobility of its students. This is evidenced primarily by the diversity of geographical origins of students on campus in Dakar. During their training, these students have to undertake a minimum of four internships, including some in their countries of origin.

In year four, they participate in a rural fortnight internship.This course takes place in Mauritania or Mali. It is organised with support of local resource persons, and helps place students in professional situations in an environment other than Dakar or their country of origin, which broadens their experience.

Student ratio by nationality in initial training in 2008-2009

This theme of mobility is also taken into account by several cooperation agreements signed with EISMV partners.The National Veterinary School of Toulouse (France) can accommodate a limited number of students to participate in certain lessons and clinical training. Exchanges of students are also possible with the Institute of Science and Technology University of Abeche, Chad.

The International Trypanotolerance Centre in Banjul accepts students in internship.

Finally, the Centre for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD, Montpellier, France) accommodates students in doctoral training, and mentors students doing internships in their fields of research.


  • Interstate School of Veterinary Science and Medicine of Dakar
  • BP 5077 Dakar - Senegal
  • Phone: +221 33 865 10 08
  • Fax: +221 33 824 42 83
  • E-mail:
  • Web site:

Ecole Inter Etats des Sciences et Medecine Veterinaires de Dakar


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