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.