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Thierry Olivry

Unpaid Emeritus


Dr. Olivry is a 1984 graduate from the veterinary school of Toulouse (France). After four years as a partner in a specialty clinic in Paris, he moved to the USA for a residency in dermatology and a PhD in comparative pathology at the University of California Davis. He is board-certified by both European and American Colleges of Veterinary Dermatology. In the Fall of 2019, after 25 years as a tenured Faculty in veterinary dermatology at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Olivry became a part-time Research Professor and joined Dr. Santosh Mishra’s laboratory to study the comparative neurobiology of itch. From 2001 to 2004, he was the Chair of the International Task Force on Canine Atopic Dermatitis, and from 2008 to 2009, President of the European College of Veterinary Dermatology.

Dr. Olivry has received several awards, including the “ACVD Award for Excellence for Outstanding Contributions to Science and Education”, the “NCSU Clinician of the Year award”, the “Pfizer Award for Research Excellence at NCSU” and the “World Small Animal Veterinary Association Hill’s Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award”. In 2017, he received one of the ECVD’s “25th Anniversary Awards” in recognition of his service to this College. He has been made an honorary member of both Latin American and European Societies of Veterinary Dermatology.

Dr. Olivry has authored more than 260 peer-reviewed articles, and he has been invited all over the world to lecture to veterinary and medical audiences. For more than two decades, he has been researching the mechanism and treatment of atopic dermatitis and itch in dogs. More recently, he also expanded into the characterization of food allergens in dogs and cats.


American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD)
European College of Veterinary Dermatology (ECVD)
European Society of Veterinary Dermatology (ESVD)
International Committee on Allergic Diseases of Animals (ICADA)
International Forum for the Study of Itch (IFSI)


Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology
Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Dermatology

Area(s) of Expertise

My principal research interests involve investigating the pathogenesis and therapy of itch and atopic dermatitis in dogs. Current projects on atopic dermatitis include modeling itch and allergic skin lesions experimentally to discover novel methods for their treatment and prevention. As a minor focus, we are characterizing food allergens and their cross-reactivity in allergic dogs and cats.


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