FECAVA announce first recipient of the Didier-Noël Carlotti Award

15 August 2017

The Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) has announced that the first recipient of the inaugural Didier-Noël Carlotti Award is Eric Guaguère. The award, sponsored by Virbac, will be presented at the WSAVA/FECAVA congress in Copenhagen in September for outstanding service in the fields of inter-professional communication and/or continuing education for companion animal veterinarians in Europe.

The Didier-Noël Carlotti Award is named after Dr Didier-Noël Carlotti who was a leading founding member of FECAVA who died in 2014. The recipient of the 2017 award, Eric Guaguère, was a close friend of the late Didier-Noël Carlotti, who shared his passion for dermatology.

Dr Guaguère is a long-standing board member and current President of the French Companion Animal Veterinary Association (AFVAC).  A  companion animal veterinary practitioner working exclusively in dermatology, Dr Guaguère is a European diplomate in veterinary dermatology and has authored and co-authored several books and many papers, including one that appeared in Nature genetics (on genetic ichthyosis in the Golden Retriever). He has also given numerous presentations and lectures in France and abroad.

As President of AFVAC, he has widely contributed to enhancing the role of companion animal veterinarians in society. Together with other veterinary organisations, he helped develop continuing education in the field of veterinary risk assessment of dangerous dogs in France.

Dr Guaguère has also helped promote the key role of veterinarians in the fight against antimicrobial resistance and was pivotal in leading his team to produce a guide for good use of antibiotics, which is available to all FECAVA members.
At a European level, he convinced AFVAC of the importance of being a member of FECAVA and convinced FECAVA of supporting the French welfare-in-practice project.

Dr Guaguère fully understands and supports the importance of international contacts and exchanges between companion animal veterinarians through associations.

FECAVA President, Jerzy Gawor commented: “Dr Guaguère is not only a friend, but also an outstanding veterinarian, a far-sighted President and a truly European citizen. He is a very worthy recipient of this award.”

Dr Guaguère said: “I am grateful for this award in recognition of the work carried out with my team, and I am truly proud to receive this award in honour of our dear friend and colleague Didier-Noël Carlotti.”