He stepped down from the Presidency of the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology in 2012 to assume the same role in the 8th World Congress which is to be held in Bordeaux in June 2016. In addition to this, he has had numerous "extracurricular activities" including being President for many years of the AFVAC (Association Français des Vétérinarires pour Animaux de Compagnie) and the FECAVA (Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations) which he was instrumental in founding. He has been honoured by awards from many organizations including the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and the European Board of Veterinary Specialization. His contributions to French education and culture had been recognised by the award of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, an Order of Chivalry of France for distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education.
Didier's enthusiasm for dermatology was infectious, and his writings in texts and journals have influenced so many people in all parts of the world. He loved to teach, and has lectured in almost every country. His writings and talks have touched so many and he has been instrumental in the development of our discipline in far flung corners of the globe. Perhaps what endeared him most to those fortunate enough to meet and know him was his enthusiasm for life and his determination to enjoy it to the full. This same determination was evident in the battle he fought against his illness.
He was a giant in our field and will be sorely missed. Those of us involved in the organization of the World Congress to be held in his beloved city of Bordeaux will be inspired by his vision and commitment and are determined to make this the best World Congress ever. Didier will remain its President and in name and in spirit.