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Dermatology

Winter 2019, Dermatology

Allergic Dermatitis in Dogs and Cats

Rachel Beck CVT, PMP

Rachel Beck is a certified veterinary technician and credentialed project manager on the Veterinary Medical Programs team at Banfield Pet Hospital. She currently leads a team of project managers who specialize in implementation. Having been in the veterinary field for over 15 years, she has served roles both in hospitals and at Banfield’s central office. She is passionate about engaging the whole veterinary team in proactive health and wellness as well as about career pathing for paraprofessionals in the industry. She resides in Portland, Oregon, with her significant other and 2 cats.

From the Field shares insights from Banfield Pet Hospital veterinary team members. Drawing from the nationwide practice’s extensive research, as well as findings from its electronic veterinary medical records database and more than 8 million annual pet visits, this column is intended to explore topics and spark conversations relevant to veterinary practices that ultimately help …

Continuing Education, Winter 2019, Dermatology

Immune-Mediated Skin Disorders of Dogs

Jennie Tait AHT, RVT, VTS (Dermatology) | Guelph Veterinary Specialty Hospital | Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Jennie is a charter member and the current secretary of the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians and is currently the only VTS (Dermatology) in Canada. Jennie is also a member of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians, where she holds RVT certificate #4, as well several other veterinary organizations, including the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology. She has more than 30 years’ experience in veterinary medicine, including 24 years of teaching veterinary students at the Ontario Veterinary College and more than 15 years’ experience specializing in veterinary dermatology. Jennie is an accomplished speaker and is currently waiting on her contribution to a dermatology text for technicians to be published.

When an animal’s immune system’s ability to differentiate self from nonself is compromised, immune-mediated skin disorders can occur.

Featured, Spring 2018, Dermatology , Parasitology

Flea Allergy Dermatitis: What Your Clients Need to Know

Shilo Anderson LVT, VTS (Dermatology), Dermatology for Animals, Salt Lake City, Utah

Shilo started her veterinary technician career at a general practice clinic in 2000. In 2001 Shilo started working with at specialty clinic with the ophthalmology and dermatology services. In 2005 she became a licensed veterinary technician. In June 2017 she received her veterinary technician specialty certification in dermatology. She is currently the practice leader for Dermatology for Animals for the Salt Lake City, Utah and Spokane, Washington locations.

Unless fleas or flea dirt (flea feces) are found on the pet, it may be difficult to convince owners that their pet may be dealing with FAD.

Winter 2018, Dermatology

Otitis Externa: Inflammation of the Ear Canal

Sandra Grable AAS, CVT | University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

Sandra Grable, AAS, CVT, graduated from Parkland College’s veterinary technology program in Champaign, Illinois, in 1999 and began work at the University of Illinois Diagnostic Laboratory. In 2001, she became the technician for the dermatology and otology clinic. She has an interest in mycology and enjoys reading skin cytology slides and assisting her doctors with dermatologic procedures, especially video otoscopy. She has chaired roundtable discussions, given several lectures, written for online publications, and wrote a book chapter on dermatophytes. She is a charter member of the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians, which was officially recognized by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America in 2015.

Otitis externa is a common condition that is frequently seen in specialty dermatology clinics and small animal general practices.1,2 It is defined as inflammation of the ear canal with or without involvement of the pinna.1–3 Otitis is often considered a final diagnosis, but it is merely a clinical sign. The many factors that can contribute …

A Technician’s Role in the Treatment of Demodex Patients
March/April 2017, Dermatology

A Technician’s Role in the Treatment of Demodex Patients

Missy Streicher AAS, CVT | Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

Missy graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon, and worked in small animal general practice until finding a fulfilling career working at a private dermatology practice in 2000. Since 2006, she has been the dermatology technician at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Missy is one of 8 technicians recognized as an Organizing Committee Member of the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians, which was recognized by NAVTA in 2015.

Diagnosis of demodicosis depends on identifying Demodex mites in dermal samples. Read this article for tips on how to obtain and analyze diagnostic samples.

How to Recognize Autoimmune Skin Disease: Tips for Spotting Pemphigus Foliaceus
Nov/Dec 2016, Dermatology

How to Recognize Autoimmune Skin Disease: Tips for Spotting Pemphigus Foliaceus

Jennie Tait AHT, RVT, VTS (Dermatology) | Guelph Veterinary Specialty Hospital | Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Jennie is a charter member and the current secretary of the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians and is currently the only VTS (Dermatology) in Canada. Jennie is also a member of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians, where she holds RVT certificate #4, as well several other veterinary organizations, including the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology. She has more than 30 years’ experience in veterinary medicine, including 24 years of teaching veterinary students at the Ontario Veterinary College and more than 15 years’ experience specializing in veterinary dermatology. Jennie is an accomplished speaker and is currently waiting on her contribution to a dermatology text for technicians to be published.

Pemphigus foliaceus (PF) is the most common autoimmune skin condition in dogs and cats. Timely diagnosis is essential. This article is intended to help the healthcare team narrow in on a diagnosis of PF at a patient’s initial presentation.

Taking the Bite out of Feline Mites
March/April 2016, Dermatology , Parasitology

Taking the Bite Out of Feline Mites

Kim Horne AAS, CVT, VTS (Dermatology) | University of Minnesota

Kim is a member of the dermatology service at University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. She is a charter member of the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians and its current president. Kim is also an active member of the Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians and NAVTA, actively participating in committees. She has spoken at many national meetings, has several publications to her credit, and is currently working on a dermatology text for veterinary technicians. Kim received her degree from University of Minnesota’s Technical College of Waseca. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her family.

Besides fleas, lice, and ticks, a number of ectoparasites can affect cats. Veterinary technicians should be aware of the many ectoparasites that can cause skin disease in cats, be proficient in performing the necessary diagnostic tests, and understand the various available treatment options in order to educate cat owners.

Jan/Feb 2016, Dermatology

Scratching the Surface of Allergies in Dogs

Kim Horne AAS, CVT, VTS (Dermatology) | University of Minnesota

Kim is a member of the dermatology service at University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. She is a charter member of the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians and its current president. Kim is also an active member of the Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians and NAVTA, actively participating in committees. She has spoken at many national meetings, has several publications to her credit, and is currently working on a dermatology text for veterinary technicians. Kim received her degree from University of Minnesota’s Technical College of Waseca. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her family.

Pruritus—a classic sign of allergic disease—is a common complaint described by dog owners.

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