Board Certified in Veterinary Dermatology
Drs. Shoulberg and Pinchbeck are board-certified veterinary dermatology specialists. To become board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology veterinarians must complete a one-year internship, a two to three year residency in dermatology, and fulfill required credentials. Credentials include publication of original research in a peer-reviewed journal, writing and submitting for examination case-reports on clinical patients, and satisfying caseload requirements. Once eligible, the veterinarian must pass a rigorous two-day examination administered by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.
As a result of the rigorous certification proceses, diplomates of the ACVD have expertise and specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of animals with benign and malignant disorders of the skin, hair, ears, and nails. This includes evaluating patients for external parasites, allergies, hormonal skin diseases and auto-immune diseases. They perform many specialized diagnostic procedures including microscopic examination of the skin and hair, allergy testing (intradermal and serum), bulla CT-scans, video-otoscopic (ear) examinations and skin biopsies. Diplomates of the specialty have received training in dermatohistopathology which enables them to interpret skin biopsy test results along with the pathologist. They specialize in managing chronic skin and ear disease with an emphasis on preventative medicine. Diplomates are also involved in the research and development of new drugs and therapies for various skin conditions.
“The American College of Veterinary Dermatology certifies veterinarians who have expertise and specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of animals with benign and malignant disorders of the skin, mouth, hair ears and nails. A veterinary dermatologist also has had significant training and is experienced in the treatment of allergic disorders.” – From AVCD.org