Like in human medicine, veterinarians can undergo further studies and pass examinations to become a specialist in a particular field. A veterinary dermatologist is a veterinarian who has undergone further training in the diagnosis and treatment of animal skin, ear, hair, nail, hoof and mouth diseases. These include infectious, parasitical, allergic, auto-immune, ear disease, seborrhoeic diseases and skin tumours. In particular, a veterinary dermatologist has significant training and experience in the management of allergic skin and ear diseases.
The training involves a minimum of 3 years of intense specialty training, participation in conferences, active research, publications in journals, lecturing, and passing a rigorous 4-day examination (in Australia).