Dr. Bernhard Clerc passed away

BernardClerc-Enva-1Sadly Professor Bernard Clerc passed away on Tuesday the 8th of November 2016, at the age of 75 following a courageous battle against cancer.
Bernard qualified as a veterinary surgeon at the National Veterinary School of Alfort (France) in 1965 and dedicated his career to teaching, first at his alma mater and then at the National Veterinary School of Lyon for 10 years before returning to Alfort. In 1993, he set up the Ophthalmology department in Alfort, a unit which prospered greatly under his brilliant and dedicated leadership.
One of his passions was ophthalmology and Bernard was strongly involved in its teaching, not only to his students who appreciated his kind nature and his generosity, but also to practioners who appreciated his spontaneity in sharing his experience. He successfully founded the Ophthalmology Study Group of the French Small Animal Veterinary Association (GEMO, 1981) and then in 1995 in Alfort he established the French national course in Veterinary Ophthalmology, a course which has been attended not only by French veterinarians but also many European colleagues. During the last years of his career, he was the first French ECVO Diplomate to establish an ECVO residency in Alfort and thanks to him, several colleagues are now working as specialists in France, in Europe, in the United States and in Canada.
Bernard Clerc was involved in numerous French and international associations and as such he strongly contributed to the development of veterinary ophthalmology. He was one of the eight founding members of the ECVO and served as its President from 2001 to 2003.
Ophthalmology was not his only passion. Bernard was also a dedicated bibliophile and his personal library overflows with antique publications in the field of veterinary medicine.
He retired from Alfort in 2007, but despite his illness, he remained very active professionally and spent as much time as possible with his family, a family which was very close to him and gave him the exceptional courage he needed to cope with the difficult cancer therapy he had to undergo.
The numerous good wishes that we have received over these last days from all who had the chance to meet this brilliant and humble man are evidence of the considerable respect with which he was held in the profession.

Sabine Chahory and Gilles Chaudieu