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Dear Colleagues and Clients
Re Animal Dermatology NZ contact details.
Good news. We now have an 0800 number so you can contact Animal Dermatology NZ in 3 ways:
1. firstname.lastname@example.org - preferred method
2. 0800 SKINET OR 0800 754 638
This number will not be manned all the time, but they can leave a contact number and we will return their call within 24 hours.
3. Via website: https://www.animaldermatology.co.nz/
Go to contact on the pick list on the left and send an email.
A reminder: In the Wellington area, I am now working out of Pet Doctors Thorndon, Level 1, Capital Gateway, 34-56 Thorndon Quay, Pipitea, Wellington. Of course, in Nelson/Tasman area, you contact Halifax Vets on 03 548 3871.
Thanks for the support. Enjoy the summer.
Dear Wellington and surrounding areas colleagues
I am returning from my long and exciting sabbatical on the 26th of October. The dermatology meeting in Liverpool was great, and overall I am feeling excited about taking up the reins again. Sylvia McLean did a great job while I was away, and I believe that all of you would like to have her back soon. I shall work on that. My first trip back to PetVet Silverstream will be Oct 29, 30 and November 1. Let’s keep me really busy. Actually it’s nearly fully booked already.
By some surprising twist of fate, the Silverstream trip will also be my last one to PetVet. Yes that is right. After 25 years of being part of the PetVet family, I am moving to Pet Doctors Thorndon. Change is good. I keep repeating that, and I know it’s true, but I am still a bit sad. 25 years is a long time, isn’t it? Thanks David and Gary for making me so welcome, and all of the PetVet staff that I have worked with over the past two and half decades. I have really valued your support and friendship.
Overall I am excited about the change, the clinic is easily accessible from everywhere, and the move will force me to “modernize” with an 0800 number, an assistant, and my own eft-pos machine. I’m looking forward to working alongside Eve Falconer and her team. The first Animal Dermatology NZ trip to Thorndon will be on November 12 and 13.
After the last Silverstream trip, we will be making all the appointments. However the 0800 number is not up and running yet. Until it is available, to make appointments email me at email@example.com and Gina will look after things. After I’ve returned on the 26th of October, you will be able to call me on 0274 335020. Until then, the time difference will make that number difficult to use.
So -- change is good. Thanks for the support over that past 25 years. I hope that you will be happy to use my services at the Thorndon Pet Doctors as well. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions on how to improve the services we offer.
Duncan Graham BVScBSc (hons)
Animal Dermatology NZ
Nelson, NZ 7010
Suddenly I am no longer one of two veterinarians in New Zealand offering referral services for companion animal dermatology, I am one of many, or at least several. And most of them work for companies called Animal Dermatology. That’s my fault. But that is too long a story for now.
In Auckland, Allan Bell’s Allergy and Dermatology Clinic was bought by Animal Dermatology Clinic and they now offer fulltime specialist dermatology consultations on the North Shore, Auckland, Palmerston North, and clinics in other centres like Hamilton, Tauranga and Hawkes Bay. Dr. Leslie Sauber, a specialist dermatologist who trained in the US, has moved to New Zealand to man the Auckland clinic. She has been working as a specialist since 1996 so has a wealth of experience.
She has taken on Helen Orbell, who was previously on the staff at Massey, as a dermatology resident. This means that quite soon, all going well, New Zealand will have another specialist dermatologist. This is great news for companion animals with skin problems.
If you’d like to find out more about Animal Dermatology Clinic New Zealand go to their website.
Additionally we have started a group of about 20 – 30, veterinary specialist dermatologists, companion animal veterinarians and veterinary pathologists with an interest in dermatology who meet two or three times a year to present cases, hear meeting reports, and listen to speakers, both local and overseas. This group, Dermatology Interest Group or DIG NZ, has been very well supported by Royal Canin and latterly by Zoetis. On March 2nd we are meeting in Christchurch to have a day of education with Dr. Greg Burton, a veterinary dermatology specialist from Melbourne.
So you can see that animal dermatology in New Zealand is in good health.
Yes, there are changes afoot at Animal Dermatology NZ.
On the 1st of October 2017, I sold the Christchurch/ Canterbury/West Coast portion of ADNZ to Animal Dermatology Canterbury Ltd. NO, I am not retiring! Just easing back a little, to focus on providing even better dermatology services to Wellington and Dunedin and the wider areas that those centres service. I will still be working at Halifax Veterinary Centre in Nelson on a fortnightly rotation.
Animal Dermatology Canterbury, the new dermatology referral service, will offer a weekly consultation service in two locations. Wednesday appointments will be available in Woodend, North Canterbury, at the Woodend Vet Clinic (not PAWS Vets, Woodend), and on Fridays at the Avonhead Veterinary Clinic in Christchurch just as I provided monthly.
Because these will be weekly services, the access to advanced dermatology will be greatly improved. Both clinicians taking the referral appointments, Sylvia McLean and Lee Williams, are well known and respected in the Canterbury region. They have both had a career long interest in companion animal dermatology. All three of us went to the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology last year, and through the Dermatology Interest Group NZ, we have been building a network of veterinarians with an interest in dermatology. This network is invaluable when it comes to difficult cases. Sylvia has hosted and worked alongside myself for many years and more recently has spent time with overseas dermatology specialists. She has been seeing referral dermatology cases in the Auckland area for the past year. Lee has studied Vet dermatology at Masters level and has worked predominately with skin cases at a Best Practice Hospital for the past 5 years.
I have been visiting Christchurch, seeing referral dermatology cases for over 20 years, first at St.Martins, then at At the Vets, and now, at Avonhead Veterinary Clinic. I would like to thank those hosting clinics for their support and kindness during this 20 year relationship. They made it possible to provide advanced dermatology services to Christchurch and the surrounding areas.
I know I will miss my contact with Christchurch/ Canterbury referring veterinarians, their clients and their animals a lot. Over the years, the willingness to refer problem cases has steadily increased. I think the Canterbury region now needs, and will support, a full time service. This change is coming at a very appropriate time.
Thank you, everyone, for the great support you have given me over the past twenty years. I want the transition to Animal Dermatology Canterbury to be as smooth as possible so don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Don’t hesitate to refer to Sylvia and Lee. They are both excellent and dedicated practitioners of companion animal dermatology. I am looking forward to a collegial relationship with both of them. It has been a touch lonely at times with only Allan Bell initially, and latterly, Debbie Simpson, both in Auckland, to bounce ideas off. The services and protocols will stay very much the same as they are in the short term, and in the longer term, they will improve. I am sure of it. We will always need dermatologists – see below.
Animal Dermatology Canterbury contacts:
Phone: 0800 817 926
Dear Christchurch Colleagues
I am writing this letter with a mixture of nostalgic sadness and great excitement. No doubt there is a word for that feeling. After approximately 20 years I am moving my monthly dermatology referral trips from the St. Martins / At the Vets site to Avonhead Vets, Address: 207 Withells Rd, Christchurch 8042, Phone:03-358 4407.
For the last 20 years, I have enjoyed my collegial (and occasional glasses of wine) relationship with first Sylvia McLean, then Sylvia and Heather Remnant, and latterly Heather on her own. Sylvia in particular started me down this particular path and I will always be in her debt. I know that both the collegial and wine drinking relationships with continue with both of them, especially in Bordeaux. However for some time, I have wanted to be closer to the airport so Peter McLean’s lovely clinic seems a great option. I’ve already had 3 half days there and have really enjoyed it; the staff and Peter have been very welcoming and enthusiastic about my arrival. Some of your clients will find it easier to get to, others will be disappointed especially those from Sumner and Lyttleton.
Because I am going to the 8th WORLD CONGRESS OF VETERINARY DERMATOLOGY in Bordeaux France May 31- June 4, and Anna has decided she might accompany me (how surprising is that?), my next clinic in Christchurch won’t be until July 5th and 6th but it will be at Avonhead Vets. Olivia will be handling my bookings on 03 358 4407. You will particularly need to warn revisits of the change.
So thank you to Sylvia and Heather for the many happy dermatology visits and great social times, and Peter I am looking to the same great times at Avonhead.
The only other change is that because of switching to ultra-fast broadband, I no longer have a fax number.
Welcome to my friend Debbie Simpson who has set up a new practice in Auckland.
Dr. Debbie Simpson MA (Hons) Cantab BVSc MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine)
Debbie graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 2008. During her first year in practice she completed the Pfizer (Zoetis) Internship at the Veterinary Specialist Group in Auckland, New Zealand and also worked as a veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Centre. In 2009 she moved to Australia to undertake a rotating internship at Veterinary Specialist Services in Brisbane. A residency in Veterinary Dermatology followed at Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre from 2010-2013. In May 2013 she undertook further training at Cornell University in New York State with two of the most respected and best known veterinary dermatologists in the world, Drs Danny Scott and Bill Miller. She started a referral dermatology practice in Melbourne with Dr Fiona Bateman which ran for 2 years from Nov 2013 until Nov 2015. In July 2014 she passed the Fellowship exams of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and became a registered specialist in Veterinary Dermatology.
She has presented several times at the Science Week conference on the Gold Coast of Australia - in July 2010 on the topic of canine lymphoma and in July 2013 on the topic of feline pemphigus. Publications include an original research paper on feline pemphigus and a case report on pyoderma gangrenosum for Veterinary Dermatology, a paper on hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the September and December 2009 issues of the Australian Veterinary Practitioner, which also won the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists medal and an undergraduate article on the subject of total ear canal ablation and bulla osteotomy in the newsletter of the Companion Animal Society of New Zealand.
In January 2016 Debbie and her yellow Labrador Holly moved back to Auckland and have now started up a specialist referral clinic called The Skin Vet which is based from two hospitals, The Strand Vet in Parnell and Veterinary Specialists Auckland in Mt Wellington. She works with a wonderful nurse called Ellie Clark. The Skin Vet team can be contacted on 09 216 6222 or via e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have recently published two articles in the CAS Newsletter.
The first article appeared in CAS Newsletter Volume No2 June 2014 and part 2 appeared in Volume 25 No3 September 2014.
If you are interested in reading the articles please click on the article title below and it should bring up the article.
Selected antifungals in small animal dermatology: Part 1
Selected systemic anti-fungal treatments for companion animals: Part 2
Systemic treatment of Malassezia dermatitis in dogs
Reprinted with kind permission from CAS Editor Sarah Fowler.
Why oh Why has it taken me four months to get back to the blog. The main reason is that i've never been able to decide what the purpose of the blog is. Is it to document Chico's growth? Here he is at 26 weeks. A very handsome and somewhat willful lad. Is it to tell you about the exciting cases I've seen or been consulted on: for example the case of reactive cutaneous histiocytosis in a Siberian Husky e.g clown nose that you can see below or Is it to let you know what is happening in the world of companion animal
dermatology? Should I post the articles I've recently written- one on ring worm and a report on the World Congress of veterinary dermatology. Is it to tell you about the developments in Animal Dermatology NZ, for example, when Air New Zealand starts its daily flights from Nelson to Palmerston North, I will be able to go there much more easily and often.
Chico has arrived, 8 weeks today December 5th. He is so cute and outgoing and really enjoying the pool of love that Jimmy has left behind, that deep reservoir of attachment that Jim spent 14 years building and sharing with our family. I can see that this will be the summer of Chico.