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