Dermatology | Centre for Veterinary Education



This course is designed to cover a broad range of the commonest dermatological problems faced in general practice in both dogs and cats, and reinforce a practical logical problem-orientated approach to skin disease.

Many dermatoses in dogs and cats are recurrent, and effective management can be difficult and provide great frustration to both owners and veterinarians.

A common tendency is to reach for blanket symptomatic treatments as one of the first options, without too much consideration of the most likely underlying diseases or other more guided treatment options. Following a logical diagnostic approach to disease, even when potential for diagnostic testing is limited, will often guide more effective case management; and this course aims to give many practical tips on how to achieve this. A range of case examples will be individually worked through, to reinforce the theory and tips provided.

Veterinary nurses with a special interest in the topic are welcome to enrol in this course. Please be aware that the course is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register.


“Awesome course. I feel better equipped and more enthusiastic. I have to admit I now need to put into practice the knowledge I've gained/refreshed over the last few weeks” Jeremy Jones, The Berwick Village Vet.

Learning Objectives

By successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Have a better understanding of a logical diagnostic approach to skin disease
  • Know many diagnostic tips useful for working towards a clear diagnosis or at least narrowing down likely diagnoses
  • Know when to suspect and how to definitively diagnose the more common pruritic skin diseases
  • Know when to suspect and how to definitively diagnose the more common immune-mediated skin diseases
  • Have a broad understanding of the common causes of alopecia of haircoat disorders not associated with pruritus
  • Cover a range of management options for pruritic, immune-mediated diseases, and some of the alopecic skin diseases.


  1. Approach to Diagnosis

  2. Diagnostic Tests in Dermatology

  3. The Pruritic Dog or Cat

  4. Case Studies: working through some pruritic cases

  5. Management Options for Allergies

  6. Immune-mediated Diseases: Diagnosis & Treatment

  7. Approach to Alopecic Dermatoses

  8. Case Studies: working through more case


Monday 11 March - Sunday 7 April 2019
Delivered Online


BVSc (Hons) MACVSc (Feline Med.) FACVSc (Dermatology)

Linda Vogelnest graduated from the University of Sydney in 1984 and worked in private and university small animal practice for over ten years before following a long time interest in dermatology. Linda achieved Membership of the ANZCVS in Feline Medicine in 1997 and Fellowship in Veterinary Dermatology in 2003, and ran a clinical dermatology service at the University of Sydney for many years. She moved her clinical dermatology service to the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in 2013, but continues to teach dermatology to veterinary students, and is passionate about increasing understanding and practical application of dermatology in general practice. Linda's special interests include atopic dermatitis, otitis, skin cytology and biopsy sampling, and dermatology in exotics and horses.

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$303
Student Member$152
Non-member / eMember$607
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members