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Dermatology

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Dermatology at Willows
Willows is one of the few Specialist referral centres in the UK to have a full-time Specialist Dermatologist. This, coupled with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care, enables Willows to provide the highest standards of care for patients with skin disease.
Our team of Specialists and Clinicians to work in partnership with Referring Vets and are happy provide advice and guidance about a patient over the phone or via email.
Skin disease in animals is very common, however there are a number of scenarios when it may be appropriate for a patient to see a Specialist.
Following consultation or treatment with your General Practice Vet your Vet can offer a referral to a Specialist Surgeon – just as your GP might refer you to a Consultant in human healthcare.
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Dermatology at Willows
Willows is one of the few Specialist referral centres in the UK to have a full-time Specialist Dermatologist. This, coupled with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care, enables Willows to provide the highest standards of care for patients with skin disease.
Our team of Specialists and Clinicians to work in partnership with Referring Vets and are happy provide advice and guidance about a patient over the phone or via email.
Skin disease in animals is very common, however there are a number of scenarios when it may be appropriate for a patient to see a Specialist.
Following consultation or treatment with your General Practice Vet your Vet can offer a referral to a Specialist Surgeon – just as your GP might refer you to a Consultant in human healthcare.
Skin disease in animals is very common, however there are a number of scenarios when it may be appropriate for a patient to see a Specialist.
Following consultation or treatment with your General Practice Vet your Vet can offer a referral to a Specialist Surgeon – just as your GP might refer you to a Consultant in human healthcare.
What Can I Expect if my Pet is Referred to a Specialist Dermatologist?
At Willows an initial consultation lasts one hour, providing time to review the history of the patient, and discuss the detail of the condition with the owner. This appointment will often include a number of diagnostic tests, which often enabling a diagnosis to be reached within the first consultation. In many cases, owners are able to observe the results of these tests in the consultation room where the image from the microscope is sent directly to a computer. For cases requiring further tests, a clear diagnostic plan is formulated.

If patients require procedures under anaesthesia, Willows has a Specialist led Anaesthesia team who ensure that these are safe and uneventful. This multi-disciplinary approach means that Specialists in other disciplines such as Internal Medicine or Soft Tissue Surgery can be involved in the care of Dermatology patients if necessary, providing a 360◦ approach to care.

Following initial consultation, and after all other appointments with Willows, your Specialist will remain in close contact with your referring Vet to ensure that they are kept informed of the management plan at all times.
What Can I Expect if my Pet is Referred to a Specialist Dermatologist?
At Willows an initial consultation lasts one hour, providing time to review the history of the patient, and discuss the detail of the condition with the owner. This appointment will often include a number of diagnostic tests, which often enabling a diagnosis to be reached within the first consultation. In many cases, owners are able to observe the results of these tests in the consultation room where the image from the microscope is sent directly to a computer. For cases requiring further tests, a clear diagnostic plan is formulated.

If patients require procedures under anaesthesia, Willows has a Specialist led Anaesthesia team who ensure that these are safe and uneventful. This multi-disciplinary approach means that Specialists in other disciplines such as Internal Medicine or Soft Tissue Surgery can be involved in the care of Dermatology patients if necessary, providing a 360◦ approach to care.

Following initial consultation, and after all other appointments with Willows, your Specialist will remain in close contact with your referring Vet to ensure that they are kept informed of the management plan at all times.
What are the Most Common Dermatology Conditions?
Ear disease is a very common problem in dogs and cats; as the ears are lined with skin, Dermatologists are responsible for treating patients with this problem.

Many patients referred to Willows suffer from allergies and develop chronic skin disease as a result. At Willows our Specialist Dermatologist can investigate these cases fully with the use of intradermal allergy testing (like skin prick testing in people), which can provide some animals with a management option that avoids long term medications. Willows also commonly sees cases affected by alopecia, parasites and immune-mediated skin disease.
What are the Most Common Dermatology Conditions?
Ear disease is a very common problem in dogs and cats; as the ears are lined with skin, Dermatologists are responsible for treating patients with this problem.

Many patients referred to Willows suffer from allergies and develop chronic skin disease as a result. At Willows our Specialist Dermatologist can investigate these cases fully with the use of intradermal allergy testing (like skin prick testing in people), which can provide some animals with a management option that avoids long term medications. Willows also commonly sees cases affected by alopecia, parasites and immune-mediated skin disease.
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What Facilities are Available at Willows?

Willows is proud to offer a state-of-the-art hospital with advanced imaging equipment including CT and MRI scanners. Specialists in Diagnostic Imaging are on hand to interpret the images produced by the CT and MRI scanners allowing full investigation of cases with chronic ear disease. Additionally, the advanced camera equipment at Willows allows for a patients ear canals to be examined in detail and enables delicate diagnostic procedures to be performed where necessary.
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What Facilities are Available at Willows?
Willows is proud to offer a state-of-the-art hospital with advanced imaging equipment including CT and MRI scanners. Specialists in Diagnostic Imaging are on hand to interpret the images produced by the CT and MRI scanners allowing full investigation of cases with chronic ear disease. Additionally, the advanced camera equipment at Willows allows for a patients ear canals to be examined in detail and enables delicate diagnostic procedures to be performed where necessary.

Meet Our Specialist

Jon Hardy

MA VetMB MVM DipECVD MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology
EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology