Skin disorders can often be challenging to diagnose and manage and often require more time than can be offered in general practice. At the dermatology clinic we offer a caring, evidence based and up to date service working with you and your pet to find a solution tailored to your pet’s condition, your lifestyle and budget.
Appointments at the dermatology clinic are with Dr Siân Harries BVetMed CertAVP(Veterinary Dermatology) PGCertVPS MRCVS who completed her veterinary degree and the Royal Veterinary College in London and has completed further postgraduate studies in dermatology with the University of Liverpool. She is a member of the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group (BVDSG) and the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology (ESVD).
Siân sees a wide variety of cases including pets with itchy skin, skin infections, foot disease, allergies, scurfy skin, recurrent or complicated ear infections, hair loss, cancers and immune-meditated skin disease. She particularly enjoys working with pets and their families to create tailored allergy plans so their pets can lead full and happy lives. The dermatology clinic is held in a dedicated room equipped with a video otoscope and video feed from the microscope so clients can see inside their pet’s ears and many tests can be performed and interpreted during the appointment.
Information for referring vets
Only patients which have been referred by their own vet can be seen at the dermatology clinic. Veterinary surgeons can phone or email us directly to discuss a patient prior to referral or just for advice on a case. Alternatively a history and any test results can be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the owner’s contact details and a member of the team will call the owners to arrange an appointment.
How to prepare for your appointment
Siân will have reviewed your pet’s medical records to date but it is useful if you can bring any medication or topical treatments such as wipes, shampoos, ear cleaners, flea treatments and nutritional supplements to your appointment, including any bought through your vet or other sources such as pet shops and websites.
Please continue to give any oral medications on the day of the initial appointment but do not bath your pet for 48-hours before or use ear cleaners/ drops on the day of the appointment as this can interfere with sampling.
If your pet has had changes in their drinking or urinating habits or has been on steroid tablets (such as Medrone, Prednisolone or Prenicare) for more than a month please bring a urine sample in a clean container (it doesn’t have to be much even a couple of millilitres is fine) please ask at avenue vets or your own practice for a free container if required.
There is no need to starve your pet unless this has been specifically requested.
Please be prepared for a long appointment, for initial consultations you will typically be at the practice for at least an hour and a half. It is best if someone who can answer questions on your pet’s day to day care is present to answer questions about feeding and general lifestyle. If this is not possible please call ahead to arrange a phone consultation prior to your appointment where possible.
Please bring a new claim form and your policy details to your appointment so this can be processed quickly. We can do direct claims by prior arrangement, if you wish to make a direct claim please call the practice several days before your appointment to arrange this, otherwise all accounts are to be settled on the day and claimed back from the insurance company to the client.