Individual Courses and Comprehensive Study Program

The ESAVS Dermatology program consists of 3 two-week modules held at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria. The course masters and tutors are Diplomates in Dermatology (ACVD/ECVD/DVD) or diplomates, specialists and University teachers in the related disciplines within the program.
Course structure: Each course is composed of two five-day modules, typically with a free weekend between the two modules. Each day follows a similar general pattern with lectures and seminars in the morning and wet labs/practical classes and case studies, sometimes involving cases from Vienna, in the afternoons. Tutors’ problem solving cases and discussion of participant’s cases are included. Between the residential courses participants have access to distance learning modules.
The order in which the two modules in each course is carried out may differ.

Dermatology I
This course focuses on the diagnostic approach, commonly encountered diseases, and underlying knowledge essential to practice in veterinary dermatology.
Module 1 includes: biology of the skin, diagnostic approaches and methods, skin pathology and inflammation, ectoparasitic infestations and practical parasitology, superficial bacterial and fungal infections.
Module 2 includes: the immune system and mechanisms of allergy, allergic skin diseases and an approach to pruritus. Within this there will be emphasis on feline allergy, flea control and otitis, cytology. Laboratory sessions will include a skin testing laboratory with live dogs and cytology as it relates to otitis and pruritus.

Dermatology II
This course focuses on more complex diseases and underlying causes.
Module 1 includes: difficult and uncommon infections and infestations, cutaneous neoplasia, the role of nutrition, disorders of pigmentation, and skin diseases of small mammals.
Module 2 includes: emphasises diseases characterized by alopecia and scaling/hyperkeratosis. It will include: endocrine dermatoses, follicular dysplasia, scaling disorders and their therapy. Laboratory sessions will be on cytology and trichoscopy as well as live clinical cases.

Dermatology III
This course focuses on differential diagnosis, antimicrobial therapy, multi-resistance, dermatology of specific species, immune-mediated and autoimmune diseases and their therapy, and diseases of particular skin regions.
Module 1 includes: approach to antimicrobial therapy and multi-resistance in dermatology, Pseudomonas infections, differential diagnosis of pustular diseases and pododermatitis, feline dermatology, equine dermatology and dermatology of birds, fish, reptiles and Amphibia.
Module 2 includes: cutaneous and systemic lupus, pemphigus complex, sub epidermal blistering and ulcerative diseases, vasculitus and vascular disease, drug reactions and several immunologic reactions responsive to immune suppressive therapy. A video otoscopy laboratory and live clinical cases will be the primary laboratory sessions.

Upcoming courses

Course Date Registration Status
Dermatology I - NEW Curriculum
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
16/11/2020 - 20/11/2020registration open
Dermatology II - New Curriculum
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
23/11/2020 - 27/11/2020registration open

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