Equine FAQs 

The team at Veterinary Dermatology Specialists are here to answer any concerns you have about your horse.

Horse skin disorders are common and important. A veterinary dermatology specialist can diagnose and manage skin disorders in horses ranging from recurrent hives/urticaria, infections, allergies, skin cancers, parasites, auto-immune diseases and various conditions affecting the hooves, mane and tail. 

We want your horse’s first visit to go smoothly.  Please take a moment to review our most frequently asked questions. We look forward to meeting and your horse soon.

 

What is a specialist veterinary dermatologist?

Specialist veterinary dermatologists are the experts on all-things to do with hair, ears, skin and hooves – whether it is an acute or chronic condition. This includes (but is not limited to) itching and allergies, including hives and anaphylaxis, skin and ear infections, skin rashes, skin tumours, hair-loss (alopecia), scarring and hoof conditions. 

How do I know if my dermatologist is a certified specialist?

  • A certified dermatologist has completed veterinary school 
  • They have also completed an accredited dermatology residency program with extensive advanced supervised training and the necessary research and publication requirements
  • They have passed the rigorous set of specialist certification exams recognised by the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons (ANZCVS) and/or the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) or BOTH (Our Dr Fiona Scholz is the only dermatologist in WA that has this incredible double qualification). 
  • A certified specialist veterinary dermatologist has been approved following thorough assessment by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (https://avbc.asn.au/veterinary-specialists/)

What should I bring to my horse's appointment?

Please ensure you bring along any relevant material including: 
• any medications your horse is/has been taking (this includes oral/injectable medications, creams, lotions, shampoos and any supplements) ) 
• information about the exact brand and ingredients of food items and treats your horse eats (a quick screen shot of the bag/ingredients will be sufficient)
• photos of bedding and the plants found in their paddock(s)

Where will you see my horse for the appointment?

We will see your horse at your local equine veterinary hospital. Our nursing staff will call you to arrange your appointment time and date.

What should I expect from a veterinary dermatology appointment?

We take pride in treating every patient as an important individual and providing excellent care every time. We will take a thorough medical history including the information your referring vet has provided, as well as ask your valuable insights. We then perform a thorough skin examination, as well as preliminary diagnostic tests such as skin scrapings and cytology from the skin. This will all be during your horse’s first appointment. This will take approximately 1 hour. 

As such, some consultations may run longer than expected – although we make every attempt to keep to our schedule, we greatly appreciate your understanding if your appointment is delayed. We appreciate that your time is valuable, and we will keep you informed of any significant delays that may arise. 

More complex procedures such as allergy testingskin biopsies require a longer stay at the hospital.

What is your billing policy?

All accounts are required to be paid in full on the day of attendance. Payments can be made by cash or EFTPOS (Credit and Debit cards).   

You will be made aware of the consultation fee at the time of making your appointment. Medication will be in addition to the consultation and is difficult to estimate prior to meeting your horse and evaluating their problem. Costs for more complex procedures will vary, however a full estimate will be provided prior to commencing the procedure at the hospital (for example, allergy testing). 

What is the policy about appointment cancellations?

We welcome your notifications wherever possible if you find that you are running late for an appointment, as we do understand that circumstances may arise unexpectedly. 

Last minute cancellations are often difficult to fill, so we respectfully ask that you please inform us of any cancellation at least 24hrs beforehand. In cases of last-minute cancellations or missed appointments it may be necessary for us to charge you a non-attendance fee or obtain a deposit prior to future consults. 

I live a long way from the clinic- can my horse still have a consultation?

Absolutely! Our nursing staff can arrange a tele-consult for your horse with one of our Veterinary Dermatologists.  

Is there something we haven't covered?

Our team is here to help with any concerns or questions you may have. Please get in touch and ask away!