What Is A Veterinary Dermatologist?

A veterinary dermatologist has expertise and specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of animals with benign and malignant disorders of the skin, mouth, hair, ears, and claws. Their training also qualifies them for the diagnosis and treatment of allergies and allergy-induced skin diseases, infections and non-infectious skin diseases, parasitic skin diseases, autoimmune diseases, as well as recognition of the skin manifestations of systemic disease, including internal cancers. Additionally, they are proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, cysts and other tumors of the skin and chronic infections and inflammatory conditions of the ears.

Your veterinary dermatologists can perform many specialized diagnostic procedures including microscopic examination of skin biopsy specimens, cytological smears, allergy tests, potassium hydroxide preparations, fungal cultures and other microbiologic examinations of skin scrapings and secretions from your pet.

Treatments used by veterinary dermatologists can include topical, injected, and internal medications and certain dermatologic surgical procedures including skin biopsies. They may also utilize cryosurgery with the use of freezing surgical units, laser surgery, nail surgery, biopsy techniques, and excisional surgery.

Beyond their day-to-day case work with pets and pet parents, Drs. Shoulberg and Pinchbeck are committed to keeping current on new diseases and improvements in the diagnosis and therapy of already recognized disorders. They are board-certified veterinary dermatologists and two of approximately 300 Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology currently practicing in the U.S. This is accomplished through fulfilling continuing education requirements each and every year. For more information, see our board certification section on this website.