DVM, MSc, PhD, dipl. ECBHM, HDR
Head of the EPIDEC group
Lecturer in Ruminant Population Medicine and Animal Health Economics
Didier Raboisson is associate professor in Toulouse Veterinary School, France, since 2011. He graduated from Toulouse Veterinary School in 2004, worked as a veterinary surgeon for 2 years and came back to the university to follow an internship program in ruminant health. He then enrolled in the ECBHM (European College of Bovine Health Management) residency program and started his phD in Economics (University of Toulouse, 2011). He is currently leading a French research network (ERIAH- Economics Reasoning for Improved Animal Health) and is involved in several research and teaching projects. Didier is currently leading the research team Epidec of the ENVT-INRA lab IHAP.
Didier did his PhD on cattle health using institutional economics concepts. He focused on collective organisation and on their impact on production and heath performances (farmer behaviour). It included a work on large exhaustive spatialized database describing animals’ mortality and milk production performances. Then, he developed empirical analysis of diseases costs (ketosis, reproduction performances and newborn diseases), and included the results in a global framework where these costs are considered as intermediary data for economic reasoning (economics for decision making). Recent developments are focused on original bioeconomic stochastic dynamic optimisation modelling of dairy herds that allow to optimise the farmer utility under various constraints. This allows to go beyond most of the model currently used in economics of animal health. The model is applied to the antimicrobial use in dairy farming. Didier is also interested in the analyses of the business model of the French vet offices.
Didier’s teaching activities focus on cattle production systems and technics, bovine population medicine and economics of animal health. Early in the curriculum, his teaching focuses on general and transversal knowledge and knowhow applied to livestock systems and production technologies and practices (milking, housing, welfare, animal scoring, farm data mining and dashboard indicators interpretation). Clinical population health is taught on farm around real cases of herd health issues (problem solving). Economics of animal health includes finishing and continuous training on economics reasoning and on the practical use of economics in the field for improved decision making. Didier has also developed numeric tools, including a dairy herd simulator to improve online teaching of disease free herd dynamics and diseases impacts.
Five selected publications
- Raboisson D, Trillat P, Dervillé M, Cahuzac C, Maigné E. Defining health standards through economic optimisation: The example of colostrum management in beef and dairy production. PLoS One. 2018 May 16;13(5):e0196377.
- Raboisson D, Barbier M.Economic Synergy between Dry Cow Diet Improvement and Monensin Bolus Use to Prevent Subclinical Ketosis: An Experimental Demonstration Based on Available Literature. Front Vet Sci. 2017 Mar 14;4:35.
- Lhermie G, Gröhn YT, Raboisson D. Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance: An Overview of Priority Actions to Prevent Suboptimal Antimicrobial Use in Food-Animal Production. Front Microbiol. 2017 Jan 6;7:2114. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.02114.
- Tago D, Hammitt JK, Thomas A, Raboisson D. The Impact of Farmers' Strategic Behavior on the Spread of Animal Infectious Diseases. PLoS One. 2016 Jun 14;11(6):e0157450.
- Raboisson D, Trillat P, Cahuzac C. Failure of Passive Immune Transfer in Calves: A Meta-Analysis on the Consequences and Assessment of the Economic Impact. PLoS One. 2016 Mar 17;11(3):e0150452.