Memphis Veterinary Dermatology

Skin problems are common in companion animals, and range from infectious diseases, allergic conditions, immune-mediated disorders, and other systemic disorders. Because there are so many disorders that can affect the skin, and only a limited range of symptoms that skin can display, it can be difficult to diagnose the cause and determine the proper treatment.

Our dermatology service is available to help with diagnosis and treatment of the many skin disorders present in companion animals. Advanced services available include:

  • Intradermal allergy testing
  • Allergen specific immunotherapy
  • Cytological techniques
  • Cutaneous biopsies
  • Tissue cultures
  • CT scan evaluation of the middle ear

Often, skin conditions cannot be cured, and long-term management of the condition becomes the ultimate treatment goal. This requires patience and persistence from both you and the veterinarians involved with the case. If needed, MVS can help your veterinarian tailor a long-term management plan for your pet’s individual needs.

If your veterinarian has recommended specialized testing to determine the cause of your pet’s skin condition, ask him or her if MVS may be a good choice for the procedures. We work closely with your veterinarian to provide cutting edge care with the utmost compassion for your four-legged friend.

What is a veterinary dermatologist?

All board-certified veterinary dermatologists are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. The American College of Veterinary Dermatology is a specialty organization affiliated with the American Veterinary Medical Association.

To become a specialist, a veterinarian must:

  • Complete a one-year internship in small animal surgery and medicine at a multi-specialty veterinary hospital
  • Complete two to three years in a veterinary dermatology residency. During their residency, veterinarians see a large number and wide variety of dermatology cases, write case reports, and conduct and publish research in the field of veterinary dermatology
  • Pass a rigorous, multi-day examination in order to prove competency in all areas of veterinary dermatology including management of allergic skin and ear disease

What types of cases do Veterinary Dermatologists see?

A veterinary dermatologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of animal skin, ear, hair, and nail disorders. Specifically, veterinary dermatologists have extensive training in immunology and experience in the management of allergic skin diseases. Chronic infections and inflammatory conditions of the ears are often secondary to underlying allergies and veterinary dermatologists have expertise in managing chronic ear disorders.

Veterinary dermatologists also have advanced training in the recognition, diagnostic workup and treatment of infectious skin diseases (e.g., bacterial, fungal, viral), parasitic skin diseases, dander-related skin disorders, alopecia (hair loss), congenital skin diseases, autoimmune skin diseases, hormonal-related skin diseases, and other internal (systemic) causes for skin abnormalities.


To obtain a prescription refill for your pet, please call 901-624-9002 or fill out the form on our Dermatology Forms Page. We will call or email you to let you know when your pet’s prescription is ready. To avoid interruptions in your pet’s treatment, please do not wait until the last minute before obtaining refills.

We mix all immunotherapy (allergy vaccines) in-house specific for your pet. Keeping these allergens in the clinic allows us to quickly and more affordably refill your vaccine. When ordering allergen specific immunotherapy for your pet, please allow 24-48 hours notice for your order to be ready for pick up. Please remember to order needles, if needed, when placing your order for immunotherapy. We can ship allergy vaccines if needed.

Some prescriptions may require a recheck appointment before refilling.