Didier Raboisson
DVM, MSc, PhD, dipl. ECBHM, HDR

Lecturer in
Ruminant Population Medicine and Animal Health Economics

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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.

Research interests

​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.



2017: HDR, the French accreditation for research directorate
2011: PhD “An institutional economic approach of animal health: the place of competencies, territories and collective actions in bovine health management”
2011: Diplomate of the European College of Bovine Health Management
2007: MSc in Economics applied to rural questions
2005: Internship in clinics for ruminants at the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse (ENVT)
2003: Doctor in Veterinary Medicine


2019- : Full professor at the ENVT
2012-2019: Associate professor at the ENVT
2006-2011: Contractual assistant for teaching and research at the ENVT

Main scientific responsabilities

2016- : Lead of the French research network ERIAH
2016- : Member of the Committee for Veterinary Drug of the ANSES
2018 : Head of the Scientific committee of the ISESSAH annual conference
2018- : Academic editor for PlosOne
2018- : Academic editor for Frontiers in Veterinary Sciences
2018- : Secretary of the ISESSAH
2018- : Head of the research unit team Epidemiology and Economics (11 researchers, 20 members)
2019- : Administrative Head of the teaching team of Ruminant Population Medicine

Main research programme management

2013-2020: Work-package leader of 3 different research programs of INRA (200 k€ in toto)
2012-2020: Lead of 5 private research programs with pharmaceutical firms (250 k€ in toto)
2017-2019: Lead of a research program on antimicrobial use optimisation (250 k€)

Other activities

2014- : Academic editor for a professional journal “Le nouveau Praticien”
2014-2019: Supervisor of 5 PhD and 5 MSc
2014-2018: 5 invited conferences, 55 professional publications and 20 oral communications


Selected publications

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 

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Main peer-reviewed publications

Raboisson D, Lhermie G. Living With COVID-19: A Systemic and Multi-Criteria Approach to Enact Evidence-Based Health Policy. Front Public Health. 2020;8:294. Published 2020 Jun 16. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2020.00294

Raboisson D, Ferchiou A, Pinior B, Gautier T, Sans P, Lhermie G. The Use of Meta-Analysis for the Measurement of Animal Disease Burden: Losses Due to Clinical Mastitis as an Example. Front Vet Sci. 2020;7:149. Published 2020 Mar 18. doi:10.3389/fvets.2020.00149

Lhermie G, Gröhn YT, Serrand T, Sans P, Raboisson D. How do veterinarians influence sales of antimicrobials? A spatialtemporal analysis of the French prescribing-delivery complex in cattle. Zoonoses Public Health. 2020;67(3):231-242. doi:10.1111/zph.12678

Minviel JJ, Abdouttalib I, Sans P, Lhermie G. and Raboisson D. Business models of the French veterinary offices in rural areas and regulation of veterinary drug delivery. Prev Vet Med. 2019;173:104804. Doi:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2019.104804

Besbaci M., Abdelli A., Minviel JJ. , Belabdi I., Kaidi R. And Raboisson D. Association of pregnancy per artificial insemination with GnRH and hCG administered during the luteal phase after artificial insemination in dairy cows: A meta-analysis. Accepted Journal of Dairy Science

Pinior B, Garcia S, Minviel JJ, Raboisson D. Epidemiological factors and mitigation measures influencing production losses in cattle due to bovine viral diarrhoea virus infection: A meta-analysis.Transbound Emerg Dis. 2019 Jul 22. doi: 10.1111/tbed.13300. [Epub ahead of print]

Albaaj A, Jattiot M, Manciaux L, Saille S, Julien C, Foucras G, Raboisson D. Hyperketolactia occurrence before or after artificial insemination is associated with a decreased pregnancy per artificial insemination in dairy cows. J Dairy Sci. 2019 Sep;102(9):8527-8536. doi: 10.3168/jds.2019-16477. Epub 2019 Jul 17.

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 PlosOne 2018. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0196377

Raboisson D., Citerne P. The marginal cost of the calving interval in beef cows is not uniform. Vet Record. 2017.0 Dec 23 DOI: 10.1136/VR.104193.

Delabouglise A., James A., Valarcher JF., Hagglünd S., Raboisson D., Rushton J. Linking disease epidemiology and livestock productivity: the case of bovine respiratory pathogens in France PlosOne. 2017. Dec 5;12(12):e0189090

Waret-Szkuta A, Alarcon P, Hasler B, Rushton J, Corbière F, Raboisson D. Economic assessment of an emerging disease: the case of Schmallenberg virus in France. Rev Sci Tech. 2017 Apr;36(1):265-277. doi: 10.20506/rst.36.1.2627.

Raboisson D, Albaaj A, Nonne G, Foucras G. High urea and pregnancy or conception in dairy cows: A meta-analysis to define the appropriate urea threshold. J Dairy Sci. 2017 Sep;100(9):7581-7587. doi: 10.3168/jds.2016-12009. Epub 2017 Jun 28.

Raboisson D. and 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., 14 March 2017 |https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2017.00035

Albaaj A., Foucras G. and Raboisson D. Changes in milk urea around insemination are negatively associated with conception success in dairy cows. J Dairy Sci. 2017 Apr;100(4):3257-3265. doi: 10.3168/jds.2016-12080.

Lhermie G, Grohn YT and Raboisson D. Addressing antimicrobial resistance: an overview of priority actions to prevent suboptimal antimicrobial use in food-animal production. Front. Microbiol. 2017 7:2114. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.02114

Raboisson D. and Barbier M. How metabolic diseases impact the use of antimicrobials: a formal demonstration in the field of veterinary medicine. PLoS One. 2016 Oct 7;11(10):e0164200. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164200.6

Tago D., Hammitt JK., Thomas A. and Raboisson D. The impact of farmers’ strategic behavior on the spread of animal infectious diseases. PLoS One. 2016 Jun 14;11(6):e0157450. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0157450. eCollection 2016.

Raboisson D., Trillat P. and 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. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0150452.eCollection 2016.

Lhermie G., Raboisson D., Krebs S. and Dupraz P. [Factors affecting and measures to decrease antimicrobial use in livestock production]. Facteurs déterminants et leviers de réduction de l’usage des antibiotiques en productions animales Économie Rurale 348/Juillet-Août 2015 3-22.

Raboisson D., Mounié M., Khenifar E. and Maigné E. Economic impact of subclinical ketosis at the farm level: tackling the challenge of over-estimation due to multiple interactions. Prev Vet Med. 2015 Dec 1;122(4):417-25. doi: 0.1016/j.prevetmed.2015.07.010. Epub 2015 Jul 28.Med.

Waret-Szkuta A., Raboisson D., Niemi J., Aragrande M., Gethmann J., Martins SB., Hans L., Höreth-Böntgen D., Sans P., Stärk KD., Rushton J. and Häsler B. Status report on education in the economics of animal health: results from a European survey. J Vet Med Educ. 2015 Jan;42(1):36-44. doi: 10.3138/jvme.0414-039R1.

Tago D., Hammitt JK., Thomas A. and Raboisson D. Cost assessment of the movement restriction policy in France during the 2006 bluetongue virus episode (BTV-8). Prev Vet Med. 2014 Dec 1;117(3-4):577-89. doi:
10.1016/j.prevetmed.2014.10.010. Epub 2014 Oct 28.

​Other publications on ResearchGate.