Topics & Speakers


Pododermatitis: How to Recognize the Different Paw Diseases that Look Alike
Dr. David DuClos, Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic

This section will start with a discussion of some common diseases that cause pododermatitis. Following this, participants will be shown pictures of ten different diseases involving the feet. After participants guess which disease best fits each picture, each of these conditions will be described and the key features to note will be listed. These key features may be historical or signalement information or they may be diagnostic tests which are critical in making clear diagnostic separations between these diseases.

Diseases to be discussed included: demodicosis, dermatophytosis, deep pyoderma, hepatocutaneous syndrome, squamous cell carcinoma, pemphigus foliaceus, epitheliotropic lymphoma, familial paw pad hyperkeratosis, atopic dermatitis, and metastatic pulmonary carcinoma.


Canine Acral Lick Dermatitis – A New Approach to an Old Disease
Dr. John Angus, Animal Dermatology Clinic/ACCES Renton

Any time the textbook recommends injecting Cobra Venom into a patient, it’s a safe bet we don’t know much about the disease. It’s time for a new paradigm for understanding the causes of Acral Lick Dermatitis. This session will change your approach and improve the outcome of one of the most frustrating diseases in veterinary dermatology.


Dermatology Potpourris
Dr. Alan Mundell, Animal Dermatology Service

Dr. Mundell will discuss a variety of old and new dermatologic diseases to include demodicosis (including Demodex gatoi), vasculitis, topical steroid dermatosis and whatever fascinating diseases Dr. Mundell diagnoses and treats between now and March. There will be numerous case examples.


Skin Biopsy Techniques; Optimizing Histopathological Evaluation
Dr. Danielle Desjardins, Phoenix Central Lab
Dr. Ann Hargis, DermatoDiagnostics

This session will discuss skin biopsies: technique, site selection and sample handing so as to get the best results from your dermatology case submission. Speakers will also discuss the identification and prevention of problems pathologists encounter that may prevent optimal results.


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