About us

Dermatology for Animals was established in Brisbane in 1998 to provide specialised patient care in dermatology for any species.

Our dermatologists and veterinarians have all received advanced training in their field and are committed to continuing education on the hundreds of different diseases that can affect the skin of animals.

We strive to provide the very best in patient care.


Our Services

Discover our specialised pet services at Dermatology for Animals.

We offer comprehensive solutions for your furry friends, including intradermal allergy testing, video otoscopic ear examinations and expertise in chronic skin and ear conditions.

With advanced MRI capabilities and in-house biopsy and cytology interpretation, we ensure precise diagnoses and tailored treatment plans. Plus, we extend our dermatological know-how to equine cases.

Referring to us

1300 275 468

If you are a GP veterinarian and have a patient you feel would benefit from a referral, please call us or submit a referral online. Your client can then call us to make an appointment.

We will report back to you to keep you fully informed.


 

 

Our services

Our experienced dermatologists and veterinarians specialise in identifying and diagnosing a wide range of skin diseases in animals. With advanced training in their field, they can distinguish subtle differences in clinical presentation, history and treatment response that set these diseases apart. This expertise allows us to offer precise and cost-effective diagnostic investigations for your pet's skin conditions, ensuring the most effective care possible. Please see below for our range of services.

When your pet has been diagnosed with atopy (an environmental allergy), we will perform an intradermal allergy test on them. This is very similar to the test your allergist would perform on you if you had hay fever.
It involves the injection of a small amount of individual allergens into the skin. A positive reaction is seen as a lump (a bit like a mosquito bite) that develops over 10–15 minutes.
Once the positive reactions have been identified, a vaccine can be formulated to control the symptoms (itch, recurrent infections, etc).

The shape of dogs' (and cats') ear canals is quite different to ours because they have both vertical and horizontal ear canals. This means they are very long – for example, the length of the ear canal in a cattle dog is approximately 8 cm. 

The video otoscope is a thin camera that can be placed inside the ear canal, providing high illumination and magnification. This allows our veterinarians to examine and treat the deep aspects of these very long canals. It allows us to identify tumours, polyps and foreign bodies deep in the canal and allows deep cleaning – even into the middle ear – to allow better resolution of disease.

In all cases, we strive to prevent infections and damage progressing to avoid “end-stage ear” developing, which requires surgery to remove the entire canal.

There are only two animal-dedicated MRI facilities in Queensland, and Dermatology for Animals can utilise both to investigate complicated cases of ear disease.

This technology allows us to determine the nature of disease in the middle and inner ears. It also allows precise mapping of tumours if surgical intervention is necessary.

In addition to being able to collect the most appropriate samples from your pets, our dermatologists are all trained in the interpretation of pathological changes, which allows much more accurate diagnoses to be made and treatment plans instituted.

Many important changes on the skin occur at a microscopic level. We are skilled at collecting superficial samples from the skin using a variety of techniques then interpreting them to guide both diagnosis and treatment.

While the practice predominantly sees small animal cases, we are trained in the dermatology of all species, including horses. We can and do consult on equine dermatology cases, but these are always seen in conjunction with your regular veterinarian.

 

 

Meet Our Team

All our staff have received advanced training and continue to undertake further education on a regular basis. We are committed to providing the best in patient care.

With expertise in diagnosing a wide range of skin conditions in animals, our dermatologists and veterinarians can differentiate diseases with subtle differences, optimising diagnostic investigations. We stay up-to-date through international and Australian conferences, active research involvement and thanks to access to global journals via the University of Queensland. We handle cases in dogs, cats, horses, exotics and wildlife

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Dr Mike Shipstone

Registered Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology.

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Dr Mike Shipstone

Registered Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology.

BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (Canine Medicine), FANZCVS, DipACVD.

Mike graduated from The University of Queensland in 1984 and has worked in a number of different private practice and industry positions. In 1995 he started a residency in Melbourne, with additional periods of study at the University of California, Davis and Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He is principle and director of Dermatology for Animals and Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland where he teaches the Dermatology course to undergraduates.

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.

In his spare time Mike loves to cycle and go camping as often as possible. He has a beautiful and VERY well-fed Ragdoll named Reggie at home that he adopted a few years ago.

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Dr Brian Shen

Dermatology Resident

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Dr Brian Shen

Dermatology Resident

BVSc (Hons)

Brian graduated from the University of Queensland in 2019 where he first met the Dermatology team during his final year rotation and developed his interest in Dermatology. After graduation, he worked in general practice for a while before commencing an internship with Dermatology for Animals in 2020.

Outside of work, Brian loves playing basketball, going to the beach, and various outdoor activities. He also enjoys spending time with Sesame, a rescue kitty that he recently adopted.

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Dr John H C Hutt

Registered Specialist – Veterinary Dermatology

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Dr John H C Hutt

Registered Specialist – Veterinary Dermatology

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

John graduated from the University of Queensland in 1988. He worked in general practice in 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. He is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, where he provides the dermatology referral service.

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 and nurses in Europe, Asia and Australia.

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.

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Dr Letitia Grant

Dermatology Resident

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Dr Letitia Grant

Dermatology Resident

BVSc (Hons)

Letitia graduated with Class 1 Honours from the University of Queensland in 2008. She began work in mixed-animal practice in Dubbo for two years and then transitioned to a year of small-animal emergency work in Brisbane before moving to the UK to work as a small animal veterinarian. In 2014 she returned to Australia and became a practice owner in North Queensland. For the next 8 years, Letitia worked with her business to pursue a high level of small animal general practice.

Veterinary dermatology has always been a strong interest for Letitia, which ultimately led to her taking a position as a resident with Dermatology for Animals in 2022. The process of working through frustrating and often complex dermatology complaints to improve the quality of her patients’ lives gives Letitia a great deal of satisfaction and fulfilment.

Outside of work, Letitia enjoys time with her husband and kids and enjoys crafting, cooking, sport, and the outdoors. In amongst her busy schedule, she likes nothing more than a cuddle with her dog Beyonce and cat, Dizzee Rascal.

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Dr Jeylan Aslan

Registered Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

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Dr Jeylan Aslan

Registered Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

Jey graduated from the University of Queensland in 2013 with first class honours and as top of the class. Following graduation she completed a one year rotating internship at Veterinary Specialist Services. She then spent 2 years in a small animal general practice in Brisbane, before joining Dermatology for Animals in 2016. Jey is a registered specialist in Veterinary Dermatology. She is a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in small animal medicine and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. She is President of the Dermatology Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and sits on the administrative committee of the World Association of Veterinary Dermatology. She is also the founder and host of a dermatology journal club attended by dermatologists across Australia and New Zealand to discuss recent publications and advances in the art and science of dermatology!

Jey's special interests in dermatology lie in feline dermatology and dermatologic applications of carbon dioxide laser surgery. She has two very naughty Ragdoll cats, Bijou and Chopin, and outside of work enjoys reading and being outside (with lots of sunscreen on!).  

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Dr Tina Hsiao

Dermatology Intern

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Dr Tina Hsiao

Dermatology Intern

BVSc (Hons)

Tina grew up in Brisbane and graduated from the University of Queensland with honours in 2021. After a brief stint in general practice, Tina was itching to pursue further training and commenced an internship with the Dermatology for Animals team in September 2022. She works hard to provide a good life for her fur babies Olivia (a sassy Burmilla) and Peppa (a cheeky Pug X).

Outside of work, Tina enjoys reading, going to the beach and checking out the latest foodie hotspots.

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Dr Johann Boone

Dermatology Registrar.

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Dr Johann Boone

Dermatology Registrar.

BVMS, MANZCVS, MVetMed.

Jo graduated from Murdoch University in 2004. After graduating, she worked in general practice in the Northern Territory and then as a locum in South Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, England and Wales. She moved to England and completed a residency in Dermatology and Master of Veterinary Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College in 2020. She has also achieved a membership with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the Parasitology Chapter. Jo moved to Queensland to work with Dermatology for Animals in 2021 .

Outside of work, Jo loves reading science fiction novels and has been known to attend the occasional Comic-Con convention. She has an old cat called Peter and has recently adopted a Bull Arab called Bonnie.

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Melissa

Head Veterinary Nurse (RVT)

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Melissa

Head Veterinary Nurse (RVT)

BAppSc (Veterinary Technology)

Melissa started veterinary nursing in 2013 in general practice around Brisbane. In 2016, she graduated from The University of Queensland after studying a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Veterinary Technology. Mel joined the team here at Dermatology for Animals in April, 2016. She has a yellow Labrador retriever named Cairo. In her spare time, she enjoys pilates, reading, camping, being outdoors and taking Cairo to all kinds of dog-friendly places and events.

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Kelly

Veterinary Nurse Administrator (RVN, TAE, AP VNZES)

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Kelly

Veterinary Nurse Administrator (RVN, TAE, AP VNZES)

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Kelly started working as a veterinary nurse in 2010, in a referral hospital in Brisbane. Over the years, she has gained experience - in Australia and internationally – in general and exotic practice and on specialty rotation. She holds further certification in the nursing of exotic species and training and assessment. Since 2018, Kelly has been an active training consultant with Australia’s longest practicing RTO for veterinary nurses.

She joined the team at Dermatology for Animals in June 2022, providing support for our patients, their pet parents and our skilled clinical team. Kelly’s voice is one you might hear when we call to check in your pet or if you’re enquiring about how our team can help. She enjoys building and strengthening client relationships because as a fellow pet parent, she understands the importance of this connection.

In her spare time, you will find Kelly reading, keeping her veggie garden happy, bushwalking, or working on her family’s latest project; a campervan conversion. She shares her home (and heart!) with two Hong Kong expat cats; August and Stevie.

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Abbie

Vaccine Technician

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Abbie

Vaccine Technician

BBiomedSc

Abbie graduated from a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Queensland in 2020. She has always had an interest in the medical field and has a strong love for all animals.
She joined the dermatology team in February 2020 and has thrived in her exciting role as vaccine technician making all the vaccines for your beloved pets. She has been passionate about learning about the dermatology specialty and has picked up extra knowledge to help her answer any questions that come her way.

Abbie has a young kitten named Tilly (aka Sprinkles) and a puppy Cavoodle called Cody. In her spare time she enjoys baking (which the rest of the team take much delight in), being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and hopes to travel the world in the (near!) future.

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Natalie

Veterinary Nurse

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Natalie

Veterinary Nurse

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Originally from Sydney, Natalie first started her veterinary nursing career over ten years ago. After moving to Brisbane she joined the Dermatology for Animals team in August 2018. She loves caring for patients (and their owners!) and enjoys adventuring, watching movies and reading in the sun on her days off. She shares her home with three individual, wonderful rescue cats and a clever, friendly cattle dog - they certainly keep life interesting!

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Sam

Veterinary Nurse

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Sam

Veterinary Nurse

Samantha always knew that vet nursing would be the best mix of working in the medical field and getting to work with animals. After finishing school in country NSW Sam moved to country QLD in early 2015 to start her veterinary nursing career, and went on to complete her Cert IV. Sam enjoys educating owners and watching their pets thrive physically and mentally, she joined joined the team at Dermatology For Animals in February 2020 as the next part of this journey.


Outside of work she loves to travel, go camping and to catch up with friends. Sam has two fur babies (Panda and Rosa-Dogs)  and a scaley baby (Earl the spotted python). 

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Keira

Business Manager

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Keira

Business Manager

Diploma of Business Management and accredited MHFA

Keira started her veterinary nursing career in 2005 after being offered a position in a busy general practice at the age of 15.  Keira has a wide range of experience as a nurse, including small animal and large animal general practice and working as a rotating nurse at a lead specialist centre in South Brisbane. In early 2012 Keira joined Dermatology for Animals as a full time nurse.  Over the years she has progressed to work in management and after a short break raising her son, she is now back working part time in management. 

Keira spends her time away from work busy with her young children, husband, 2 dogs and parrot.

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Deanna

Administration Officer

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Deanna

Administration Officer

Deanna joined our Dermatology team in January 2022. She comes with 16yrs medical administration & customer service experience, jumping from human patients to animal patients.

Outside of work, Deanna has a passion for nature and enjoys regular camping trips with her family. With her daughter alongside, you can often find them volunteering in beach & ocean clean ups - they are particularly fond of protecting our ocean turtles. Deanna has always grown up with dogs, large breeds in particular & is currently on the look out for just the right dog to join her family. She spends a lot of her weekends on the Sunshine Coast with her daughter, relaxing on the beach, climbing the Glass House Mountains or strolling markets

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Elisha

Administration Officer

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Elisha

Administration Officer

Elisha has always had an interest in caring for others. Having spent majority of her working life as an AIN in Aged Care she has now made the jump over to animals! She joining the Dermatology team in June 2021 and is excited for the opportunity to gain knowledge about such a great specialization.

Outside of work Elisha has enjoyed travelling the world, even moving to Canada in 2019 where she discovered that she much prefers the weather in Australia. Elisha has always loved being around animals, from working in her grandparents boarding kennels to riding horses every chance she got, they have always been such a big part of her life. Her favourite pastime is heading to the beach with her husband and their dog Samson, a very energetic Australian Terrier who is deathly afraid of stairs!

 

 

Information for pet owners visiting our hospital

In order to make your appointment with us as seamless as possible, we’d like to detail a few things.

Please arrive 5–10 minutes early for your appointment, as this gives our staff time to greet you and verify all information about you and your pet.

  • If you have it, please bring your pet's previous history from your regular veterinarian.
  • Please don’t bathe your pet for 2–3 days prior to the visit, as this can remove many of the clues we need to identify the cause of the problem.
  • If allergy testing is to be performed, some medications will need to be stopped prior to the appointment.

Our recommended drug withdrawal times for allergy testing are:

  • Steroid injections: 6–8 weeks
  • Oral steroids: 4 weeks
  • Antihistamines: 2 weeks
  • Topical (including eye and ear drops) containing steroids: 2 weeks
  • Apoquel and Cytopoint: 0 days

NB: we can still see your pet and start the investigation even if these medications have been given. If your pet is on any other medication for other conditions, please contact the dermatology clinic BEFORE stopping the medication.

At each visit, our veterinarians will review your pet’s medical records and their response to therapies administered and perform a thorough dermatological examination.

Additional tests such as cytology, skin scrapes, blood work, cultures and histopathology may be required to further the investigation. We will then discuss the different treatment options available.

We understand many of the concepts are difficult to grasp initially and different diseases may have been discussed during the consultation. This can all seem overwhelming and hard to digest. So, once the examination has been completed, detailed client instruction sheets, along with additional information on the various diseases (investigation and expected treatment outcomes), will be given to you by our team. This information will be forwarded to your local veterinarian so they remain key partners in treating your pet.

If you would like to book an appointment, please phone 1300 275 468 to speak to one of the dermatology team members.

Referring your patients to Dermatology for Animals

If you have a patient you feel would benefit from a referral, contact us or complete our new patient form (see below). Your client can then call us to make an appointment. We will report back to you to keep you fully informed.

 

 

Our team can provide an approximate estimate of costs over the phone. A more accurate estimate will be given at the time of the consultation after examining the patient.

We accept VISA, MasterCard, EFTPOS and cash. Interest-free finance plans are available through Vetpay at the QVS Stafford Heights clinic ONLY. Our staff can explain the options and application process.

Dermatology for Animals provides free, frank, full and fearless advice. We’re really busy right now, and we suspect that you are too – it's been a common thread since the pandemic began. This means there may be a delay in getting to your query. We will endeavour to respond to your email within 72 hours, but when there are peaks of demand, it may take a little longer, so please be patient. Our vets answer these queries in their spare time, either between consultations, at the end of the day or, increasingly, in their own time from home. You can help expedite the process by providing a succinct summary of the problem and detailing your specific questions about the case. Photographs are also really helpful. 

Many thanks for your understanding. There is no cost for this service.

NB: Case advice is for veterinarians only. It is not possible for us to give any advice to clients prior to a consultation.

We are excited to host regular Dermatology Interest Group meetings for veterinarians. Please email us for further information on locations and booking.

Contact Us

Dermatology For Animals (DFA)

45 Hayward St, Stafford, QLD, 4053 Location Phone

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Our specialists travel across Queensland, Northern Territory and parts of New South Wales to support local pets and their GP veterinarians. See our page for more details or contact us for more information.

Phone: 1300275468

Email: team@skinvet.com.au