Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Université de Montréal appoints David Francoz as Dean

May 18, 2023

On May 9th, the Université de Montréal Senate announced the appointment of David Francoz as Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV). He will succeed Christine Theoret, the current Dean of the faculty since 2018, who announced her decision last fall to not seek a second term.

Dr. Francoz received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the École Nationale Vétérinaire in Nantes, France, in 1998. He emigrated to Quebec in 2000 to complete a residency program in farm animal medicine at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Université de Montréal. He then completed a Master's degree in clinical sciences at the same institution. He first started working as a clinician at the Centre hospitalier universitaire vétérinaire (CHUV), and in 2005, became an Assistant Professor of Farm Animal Medicine at the FMV; he has been a full professor since 2016. Since 2018, he has served as Associate Dean to the teaching staff and Secretary of the Faculty.

Dr. Francoz is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). Two of his publications on bovine medicine have won awards from the French Veterinary Academy, the Alexandre Liautard Award and the André Charton Award. His research on bovine infectiology, antimicrobial use and antibiotic resistance has led him to work on organic production and biosecurity in dairy farms. He is also Assistant Director of the Groupe de recherche en santé bovine (GRESABO) and a member of the Regroupement de recherche pour un lait de qualité optimal (Op+lait).

Dr. Francoz will serve a five-year term and is scheduled to take office on June 1st, 2023. Among the key projects awaiting his team are the deployment of the decentralized training program in veterinary medicine, in partnership with the Université du Québec à Rimouski, as well as the implementation of new infrastructures on the Saint-Hyacinthe campus, including a Veterinary Simulation and Virtual Reality Centre, a new small animal hub / Clinical Skills Centre, and a new shelter for small animals. These large-scale projects were initiated under the direction of Dr. Theoret and made possible thanks to significant financial assistance from the Quebec government totalling $101M.

The FMV wishes to thank outgoing Dean Christine Theoret for her instrumental contributions in raising the faculty's profile to 30th in the world in the ranking of veterinary academic institutions, a remarkable gain of 19 spots since 2018, according to the most recent QS study.


The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Université de Montréal is located in Saint Hyacinthe, in the heart of the most important agri-food zone in Quebec. Fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), it is the only teaching and research unit in veterinary medicine in Quebec, the only French-speaking Faculty of veterinary medicine in North America and one of only five in Canada. It welcomes more than 650 students each year and its veterinary teaching hospital offers a unique expertise in animal care in Quebec.

For more information
Véronique Boyer
Assistant to the Dean
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Université de Montréal