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9th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology - new virtual format
20-24th Oct
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Main CE Speakers

John Hutt
John Hutt

BVSc(Hons) BA(Hons) MA(CW) CertVD MANZCVS DipACVD

John H C Hutt graduated from the University of Queensland, Australia in 1988. He worked in general practice in his home city of Brisbane for 18 months before travelling to the UK in 1990, where he worked in small animal practice for the next 11 years. He was a clinical assistant in dermatology at the Animal Health Trust from 1998 to 2001. In 2001 John set up North Kent Referrals, a multi-disciplinary referral practice in the south of England, and he owned and ran the practice until its sale in 2012.
John is a registered specialist in Veterinary Dermatology. He holds the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology, is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (MANZCVS) by examination in small animal medicine, and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. John is a past President of the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group.
Following his return to Brisbane in 2013, John joined the team at Dermatology for Animals. His clinical interests include the management of allergic skin disease in dogs, immune mediated skin disorders, and all aspects of feline and equine dermatology. John has regularly presented on the subject of veterinary dermatology to veterinary surgeons, nurses and technicians all over the world.
Outside of work, John’s major interest is in English Literature and Creative Writing. He completed a Bachelor of Arts at the Open University in 2006, followed by an Honours year in Creative Writing in 2009. He completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing in 2018.

Advanced dermatology for clinical practice
David Robson
David Robson

BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (Canine Medicine), FANZCVS (Dermatology)

Dr David Robson graduated from the University of Queensland with honours in 1992 and spent almost seven years in general small animal practice in Brisbane. He moved to Melbourne in late 1999 to commence his residency in veterinary dermatology at the Animal Skin, Ear and Allergy clinic (now Animal Skin and Ear Specialists and part of Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre) and never left. He attained Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2005. Dr Robson has lectured in Australia and overseas (New Zealand, United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Austria) and has authored and co-authored multiple peer-reviewed scientific articles. His current professional research interests include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, cyclosporin, and otitis diagnosis and treatment. In what spare time he has from work, house and family, he modifies and drives a small hatchback in time trials at the racetrack, takes a casual interest automotive aerodynamics, snowboards, plays guitar and bass (the latter in the dermatological supergroup The Yeasty Boys) and dives, though this latter not as often as he would like.

Advanced dermatology for clinical practice
Mike Shipstone
Mike Shipstone

BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS, FANZCVS, DipACVD

Mike graduated from The University of Queensland and worked in a number of different private practice and industry positions. He completed a residency in Melbourne, with Drs Ralf Mueller and Sonya Bettenay. He is principle and director of a specialist dermatology referral practice, based in Brisbane with satellite clinics in Darwin, Alice Springs, Newcastle, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and Bundaberg and is adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, teaching the undergraduate course in Veterinary Dermatology.
Mike is a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (Veterinary Dermatology) and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. Mike has published in Australia and overseas and has presented in Australia, South East Asia, New Zealand and North America.

Advanced dermatology for clinical practice
Craig Griffin
Craig Griffin

Dr. Craig Griffin is a graduate of Cornell University and completed his residency at UC Davis in 1980. Dr. Griffin is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD), has served on the Board of Directors and examination committee for the ACVD and was the President of the ACVD in 1999/2000. He also served as president of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology and of the Western States Veterinary Conference. Dr. Griffin is the founder and co-owner of Animal Dermatology Clinic.

Dr. Griffin is a frequent lecturer and clinical instructor of veterinary dermatology in this country and abroad. He has published many articles and books on small animal skin disease, including co-author of Muller and Kirks Small Animal Dermatology 5th -7th editions and co editor of Current Veterinary Dermatology, The Science and Art of Therapy. Dr. Griffin received the ACVD Award for Excellence for outstanding contributions in veterinary dermatology in 2001-2014.

Dermatology in General Practice
Wayne Rosenkrantz
Wayne Rosenkrantz

Wayne Rosenkrantz is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and completed his residency training in private practice. He is a past-President of the ACVD and is co-owner of the Animal Dermatology Clinics, with locations throughout California, southeast US, as well as Perth, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.  He actively trains residents in his ACVD approved residency training program and participates in clinical research trials. He has published many articles and book chapters on small animal and equine dermatology, including significant contributions to the text “Current Veterinary Dermatology: The Science and Art of Therapy” (Mosby) as well as the therapy section in the 7th edition of Muller and Kirk’s Small Animal Dermatology. He is also a co-editor of the text “Veterinary Allergy” (Wiley Blackwell). He is a recognized national and international speaker on veterinary dermatology. He was awarded the DVM Pharmaceutical Award of Excellence and the Frank Král award for his contributions to veterinary dermatology.

Dermatology in General Practice / Feline dermatology
Ralf Mueller
Ralf Mueller

Prof. Dr.med.vet. Ralf S. Mueller, DipACVD, FANZCVSc (Dermatology), DipECVD

Prof. Ralf S. 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 dermatology at the University of California/Davis in 1992.  In 1992 he moved to Melbourne/Australia to work with his partner and wife Dr. Sonya Bettenay.  Together, they created the first, purpose-built specialist practice in Australia.  During that time, Dr. Mueller was concurrently consulting and teaching at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital/University of Sydney. Ralf and Sonya established (and continue to conduct) the Distance Education Program in Veterinary Dermatology of the Centre for Veterinary Education of the University of Sydney.  In 1999, Ralf became Assistant Professor in Veterinary Dermatology at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences/Colorado State University.  In 2004, he accepted a position as chief of the veterinary dermatology service at the University of Munich/Germany. His main research interests are allergies and ectoparasites.  He has published over 250 studies, articles, book chapters and books and given more than twelve hundred seminars, lectures and talks all over the world.

Dermatology in General Practice

State of the Art speakers

Dedee Murrell
Dedee Murrell
University of New South Wales
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Rod Sinclair
Rod Sinclair

Professor Rodney Sinclair is the Professor of Medicine (Dermatology) at the University of Melbourne and the Director of Dermatology at the Epworth Hospital and Director of Sinclair Dermatology.

He is Past-President of the Australasian Society for Dermatology Research, the Australasian Hair and Wool Research Society and the Skin and Cancer Foundation of Victoria. He was Professor/Director of Dermatology at St Vincent’s Hospital from 2005-2012.

Prof Sinclair is the co-author of the section on Dermatology in the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, and the sections on Hair Loss and Scalp Diseases in Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology and Hair Disorders in Bologna’s Textbook Dermatology. He was formerly lead author of Therapeutic Guidelines- Dermatology, Australia.

In a research career spanning 20 years he has supervised over 20 post-graduate research students including 7 PhD graduates and conducted over 30 Phase I, Phase II and Phase II clinical trials and has co-authored over 500 research publications and book chapters including 25 this year to date.

Sinclair dermatology offer a 2 year hair fellowship for specialist dermatologists who wish to gain sub-specialty expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of hair disorders and hair restoration surgery.

Eliane Marti
Eliane Marti
Universitat Bern

Professor Dr. Eliane Marti graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 1989 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bern and completed a Research Doctorate on the genetic predisposition of equine allergic diseases at the Division of Immunogenetics of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bern in 1991. After a stay at the Baker Institute,

Cornell University, NY, USA and after working in a large animal practice, she went back to the Division of Immunogenetics for Post-doctorate research from 1992 to 1994. In 1995 she worked on equine genetics at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket,

England, with a Post-doctoral Research grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Between 1996 and 1998 she had a Post-doctoral research position at the Division of Immunogenetics, University of Berne, where she stayed until 2001 with a grant of the Hans-Sigrist Foundation of the University of Berne for completion of habilitation. In 2002 she got the venia docendi in Veterinary Immunology from the University of Berne and since 2002 she is Head of the Clinical Immunology Group, Department of Clinical Research-Veterinary Public Healthy, at the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Berne, since 2009 as Associate Professor. Her present research focuses on the immunopathogenesis of allergic diseases of horses, in particular of equine insect bite hypersensitivity and on ways to improve in vitro diagnosis and treatment of these diseases as well as development of a preventive allergen immunotherapy for Icelandic horses. She has written over 100 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and tutored over 25 doctoral thesis and PhDs.

Stephen Jane
Stephen Jane
Monash University

Professor Jane is the Head of Central Clinical School, Monash University and Director of Research for Alfred Hospital. He is also a member of the Clinical Haematology Service.

Professor Jane has a range of research interests investigating both developmental and acquired disorders of the blood and skin in mouse models. At a basic level, this involves the study of gene transcription and at the World Congress, Professor Jane will be speaking on the genetics of cutaneous barrier function.  He currently holds a number of NH and MRC and other competitive grants. He has published over 120 papers including articles in Science, Nature Medicine and Developmental Cell.

Darren Trott
Darren Trott
University of Adelaide

Professor Trott completed his veterinary degree at Murdoch University and worked in small animal practice for eight years. Following a PhD on intestinal spirochaetes, he completed a three year post-doc at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames,

Iowa, USA. He then taught veterinary microbiology and antimicrobial chemotherapy at The University of Queensland for 10 years whilst conducting research on gastrointestinal diseases, microbial ecology and virulence/antimicrobial resistance in bacterial pathogens. In 2010, he joined The University of Adelaide School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and his research areas have expanded to include antimicrobial resistance ecology, repurposing existing drug classes for development as new anti-infectives, and the effect of antimicrobials on the gut microbiome.

He established and is the inaugural Director of the Australian Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Ecology, working closely with Australia’s major animal industries (both livestock and companion animal) in the areas of prudent antimicrobial use, antimicrobial stewardship and confirming/ensuring that rates of resistance in animal pathogens, zoonotic and commensal bacteria remain low by international standards. At the World Congress, Professor Trott will be speaking on antimicrobial resistance and the development of novel antibacterial therapies.

Susan Prescott
Susan Prescott
University of Western Australia

Prof. Susan L. Prescott MD, PhD, is a paediatrician, immunologist and internationally acclaimed physician scientist, well known for her cutting-edge research into the early environmental determinants of health and disease. At the global level, as the Founding Director of inVIVO Planetary Health, her work focuses on the interconnections between human health and planetary health – promoting holistic value systems for both ecological and social justice.

Locally in Western Australia, she is Director of the ORIGINS project, which examines how the environment influences all aspects of physical and mental health throughout life. She was the founding President of the DOHaD Society of ANZ, and previously served as a Director of the World Allergy Organization.

Susan is also an artist and award-winning author of several books including The Allergy Epidemic, The Calling, Origins and gold medal winning book The Secret Life of Your Microbiome. At the World Congress, Susan will be speaking on early immune development and its role in allergy.

Supporting Review speakers

Monika Welle
Monika Welle
Universitat Bern

Prof. Dr. Monika Welle studied veterinary medicine in Berlin and Munich, and graduated in 1986. Thereafter she worked on her thesis in the GSF Institute of Experimental Hematology.

She spent 2 years as a practicing veterinarian before she joined the Institute for Animal Pathology in Berlin in 1990. In 1995, she moved to Bern in Switzerland where she gained exposure to veterinary dermatopathology, which since has become her passion.

She holds the German certificate for veterinary pathology specialization and is a diplomate of the ECVP. Since 2004, she is head of the biopsy service in the Institute of Animal Pathology in Bern and is involved in diagnostic pathology, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research. She has been board member, vice president and president of the International Society of Veterinary Dermatopathology and is responsible for the histopathology exam in the ECVD exam committee.

Her main research focus is the hair follicle and alopecic disorders as well as genodermatoses in dogs. She is author or coauthor of more than 130 publications and has been invited to more than 100 lectures and case presentations.

Richard Squires
Richard Squires
Cook University

Richard Squires leads the veterinary clinical sciences team at James Cook University in Townsville, northern Australia. Richard graduated as a veterinarian from Bristol University. After a short spell in general practice he obtained postgraduate clinical training at the Universities of Cambridge and Pennsylvania and research training at Glasgow.

His PhD was awarded for research in which he sought a retroviral aetiology for canine lymphoma. He is a Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine and he holds the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ Diploma of Veterinary Radiology. Richard held faculty positions at the Universities of Liverpool, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and at Massey University in New Zealand prior to taking up his current position in 2007.

Throughout much of his career Richard has taught and assessed veterinary students in a clinical setting while providing referral clinical services in the broad discipline of canine and feline internal medicine. Most of his research has been on canine and feline infectious diseases. In addition, for five years in New Zealand, Richard taught and carried out research in veterinary virology. Richard is a member of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s eight-member Scientific Advisory Committee and of its four-member Vaccination Guidelines Group.

Elizabeth Mauldin
Elizabeth Mauldin
University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Mauldin is a Professor of Dermatopathology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After a brief time in general veterinary practice, she completed sequential residencies in both anatomic pathology (Cornell University) and clinical dermatology (University of Pennsylvania) and is board-certified by both the ACVP and ACVD .

She has a dual appointment in PennVet since 2004 where she works both as an anatomic pathologist and clinical dermatologist. As the Head of the PennVet Laboratory of Pathology, she oversees a surgical pathology and dermatopathology service that interprets biopsies for clients across North America. Her research interests are focused on the spontaneous skin diseases of companion animals and more specifically on comparative genodermatoses. Her work with Peter Elias MD (University of San Francisco VA Hospital) has helped to understand the pathogenesis of skin barrier dysfunction in dogs and humans with congenital ichthyosis.

Tetsuro Kobayashi
Tetsuro Kobayashi
NIH laboratory

Tetsuro Kobayashi, DVM/PhD is an investigator at the Laboratory for Innate Immune Systems, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, Yokohama, Japan. His research focuses on crosstalk between epithelial cells, immune cells and microbiota in skin. He has investigated mechanisms by which epithelial homeostasis and microbiome balance is tuned by immune cells in steady state and how imbalanced microbiota leads to skin diseases, particularly atopic dermatitis.

He currently extends his research area of focus to understand coordinated actions of epithelial cells and immune cells in chronic itch of atopic dermatitis. He graduated from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and joined the Department of Dermatology at Keio University School of Medicine for a Ph.D. program where he investigated hair follicle stem cell biology. He did postdoctoral training in Dr. Keisuke Nagao’s laboratory at Keio University School of Medicine and at Dermatology Branch, NIH.

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