manimal idefix

manimal mani, which was created in 2012, is an IDEFI Laureat programme (Initiatives for Excellence in Innovative Training).

It is supported by the French government via the National Research Agency.





Over the past years, it has become clear that along with globalisation comes new sanitary and health challenges. Interactions between humans, animals and food can no longer be treated as compartmentalised phenomena.
This is reflected by the health crises that have emerged over the past ten years*, as well as by the new food production challenges linked to ensuring health within the context of food sufficiency.


It is thus necessary to adopt a comprehensive and cross-sector approach, integrating:

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Adhering to this much needed global initiative,
4 higher education institutions:

  • manimal oniris

    Oniris: the Nantes-Atlantic National College of Veterinary Medicine, Food Science and Engineering

  • manimal univ nantes

    The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Nantes

  • manimal univ angers

    The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Angers

  • manimal esa

    The ESA: the Higher Education Institute of Agriculture of Angers

have come together to join forces to create the innovative manimal mani programme,
which is a training programme supervised by an international jury of experts.

Our goal is to train



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in a unique, international setting,
and to prepare our students for the team work necessary to take on international public health challenges.

Educational, professional and cultural borders will be crossed so that students can share, better communicate and learn from one another. In doing so, we aim to train the “One World, One Health” specialists needed in our rapidly changing and global environment.

* Avian influenza, H1N1 influenza, SARS, etc.

Pr Catherine MAGRAS, Project Leader
Pr Michel KREMPF, Co-Leader


A few words about the One Health concept

The One Health concept is a global initiative promoting work between biologists, veterinarians, doctors, pharmacists, food engineers or any other related scientific fields. Many organisations are taking part in this project: “Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières” (AVSF), the Association of Schools of Public Health, the World Medical Association, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the Association of Academic Health Centers just to name a few. In addition, 790 specialised professors and health professionals have endorsed this initiative.

The overall objective of this initiative is to reach the optimal level of health for both the human and animal world. It is crucial to understand that the One Health concept works as a global process. It has been initiated in 2007 when Dr. Roger Mahr, the President of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Dr. Ronald Davis, the President of the American Medical Association (AMA) discussed the possibility to take care of the human and animal life as a whole.