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Department of Clinical Sciences

Dedicated to excellence in educating and training veterinarians and comparative biomedical scientists, furthering health care and wellness through discovery and clinical research.


The Dermatology program provides advanced clinical training and specialization in the diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases of small and large animals under the supervision of 3 board-certified specialists. Faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their respective fields.

Training is designed to insure development of clinical competence in dermatology by facilitating development of clinical proficiency, clinical skills, and knowledge of dermatology through exposure to a wide variety of cases at all levels of complexity.

This program and clinical service has three main areas of special interest:

  • Ear Diseases– we assist referring veterinarians in the diagnosis and management of both acute and chronic otitis in dogs and cats.
  • Allergic Skin Diseases– we specialize in the management of dogs and cats with allergic diseases, especially those with atopic dermatitis.
  • Autoimmune Skin Diseases– we have expertise in the diagnosis and management of autoimmune skin diseases of companion animals.

A veterinary dermatologist is a veterinarian who has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of animals with benign and malignant disorders of the skin, mouth, hair and nails. A veterinary dermatologist also has had significant training and is experienced in the treatment of allergic disorders. They have completed a residency (specialty training) program in diseases of the skin and they have passed a board examination certifying their expertise in this field. These individuals are recognized as specialists (“diplomates”) by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, one of the specialty organizations affiliated with the American Veterinary Medical Association.