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Dermatology: Pruritic Skin Disease Distance Education

Dermatology: Pruritic Skin Disease Distance Education
Develop a logical, problem-based approach to the investigation of pruritic skin cases.


Skin problems are among the most common reason for presentation in everyday practice. The CVE Dermatology Distance Education program is a modular course that aims to provide you with the practical skills necessary to work-up and resolve these often recurrent cases with minimal frustration for both owner and clinician.

The Pruritic Skin Disease DE course will cover the various common causes of pruritus: including insect hypersensitivities, atopic and contact dermatitis as well as food allergies, Malassezia dermatitis and pruritic parasitic skin diseases.  The pathophysiology of pruritus, including neurogenic and psychogenic pruritus will be reviewed with an emphasis on current and upcoming treatment modalities.

The introductory module will cover the general approach to a dermatology patient. It also features practical work with microscopy and skin biopsy sampling conducted on-line and the key steps in the approach to nodules.

While much of the emphasis is on deepening your personal logical approach to case management, this course reviews the latest information available on a wide range of conditions and presents the latest evidence-based treatment options available. Ultimately, having more confidence in your abilities to manage skin patients will lead to higher job satisfaction.

Listen to tutor Ralf Mueller tell you more about the course:

Past Participant:

Wow. Who wouldn't enjoy this course? Fantastic tutor, very knowledgeable, and passionate about what they do. I probably learnt the most out of their comments on my assignments. Can't speak highly enough of the tutors.
Sue Chaney, Sandringham Veterinary Hospital

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Develop a logical, problem-based approach to the investigation of pruritic skin cases
  • Choose relevant tests based on clinical signs and history and feel confident regarding the minimum database required to reach a definitive diagnosis for each pruritic patient
  • Provide your clients and patients with the latest evidence-based treatments for a range of pruritic diseases
  • Consider the cost-benefit analysis of each treatment


  1. Introductory module**
  2. Pruritus - understanding pathophysiology will affect your approach and treatments
  3. Insect bite hypersensitivities in the dog and cat - when to use what
  4. Atopic dermatitis - recognize the many flare factors and optimize management
  5. Contact dermatitis - although the least common allergy, this can be tricky
  6. Food allergy - diets, alternative tests and long-term options
  7. Malassezia dermatitis - as it relates to the management of pruritus
  8. Pruritic parasitic skin diseases

This distance education course is delivered over 4 months. The introductory module is delivered during the first month and the remaining seven modules are delivered over 3 months..

**Introductory Dermatology Module only needs to be completed once. If you completed this module as part of the Dermatology: Infectious Skin Disease Distance Education course you don't need to do it again..


This distance education course includes two face-to-face didactic workshops held in Sydney. Dates to be confirmed.

  • 1-day workshop forming part of the introductory module (if not completed previously)
  • 1-day workshop forming part of the Pruritic Skin Disease DE course
*Note: if travel restrictions impact on workshops running as face-to-face events, arrangements will be made for an online alternative.

Dermatology Program

Our year-long Dermatology Distance Education program has been broken down into 3 manageable and independent parts: Pruritic Skin Disease, Infectious Skin Disease and Advanced Dermatology.

Each is a discrete course on its own but together they form a formidable dermatology educational program. Each course has an interactive workshop – a major drawcard – where you have the opportunity to apply the theory you have learnt under the watchful eye of your tutor. You also benefit from the group experience of learning with, and from, your peers.

The introductory dermatology module is a prerequisite for Pruritic and Infectious Skin Disease DE courses while you must complete either Pruritic or Infectious Skin Disease DE course to enrol in the Advanced Dermatology DE course.

Related courses

What is Distance Education?

Premium, intensive online veterinary CPD

All CVE Distance Education (DE) programs are mentored by leading veterinary experts who will provide individual feedback and advice on completion of each monthly module. Each module may include written content, technique videos, self-reflections, quizzes and online submission of monthly assignments.

Maximise the opportunity to expand and consolidate your learning by participating in the tutor moderated group discussion forum and attending the two optional 1-day interactive workshops, with an emphasis on working through case studies and group discussion.

Who should enrol?

This course is suitable for qualified veterinarians.

Pay as you learn

Choosing your DE course is a big commitment, so there’s no need to add further stress by paying your course up front. To pay as you learn, you will need a AU$1,000 deposit to secure your place, followed by 50% of the total course fee 10 days prior to course commencement date. We’ll arrange simple monthly direct debits from your credit card over 3 or 6 months.
Note: Payment Plan will incur an additional AU$250 administration fee, and Early Bird rates do not apply if you choose the payment plan option.

  Member*  Non-member
Course fees Super Early Bird Early Bird Full Rate Full Rate
Pruritic Skin Diseases DE course (excl. Intro module) $2050 $2110 $2170 $2280
Pruritic Skin Diseases DE course (incl. Intro module) $2700 $2770 $2850 $3000

*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time Professional, Recent Graduate, and Academic members. 

**Introductory Module only needs to be completed once. If you enrol in other Dermatology DE courses you will not be required to complete this Introductory module again.

Distance Education
Tuesday, 01 February 2022 to
Tuesday, 31 May 2022
140 CPD Point/s

Super Early Bird
30 Jun 2021
Early Bird
31 Oct 2021

Delivered Online

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Dr Ralf S. Mueller
Ralf Mueller
Dr Sonya Bettenay
Sonya Bettenay
BVSc (Hons) FANZCVS (Derm.) DipEd Dipl. ECVD MANZCVS
Stefan Hobi
Stefan Hobi
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Med. Vet. Dipl. ECVD and AiCVD
Dr Ralf S. Mueller
Ralf Mueller
Ralf Mueller graduated in Munich, Germany, completed his doctoral thesis in 1987, and worked in several large and small animal practices before completing a residency in veterinary...
Dr Sonya Bettenay
Sonya Bettenay
BVSc (Hons) FANZCVS (Derm.) DipEd Dipl. ECVD MANZCVS
Sonya Bettenay graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1980. She completed her dermatology residency and achieved board certification in veterinary dermatology with the Austr...
Stefan Hobi
Stefan Hobi
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Med. Vet. Dipl. ECVD and AiCVD
Dr. Hobi graduated from the University of Zurich, Switzerland in 2007. After two years in practice and a doctoral thesis about hypersensitivity disorders in cats, he completed a 15...


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