Principal Course Master:

Prof. Dr. Lluís Ferrer, DVM, PhD, Dipl.ECVD (SP)

Course Masters:



This course focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases caused by fungi, parasites and viruses. The superficial mycosis (dermatophytosis, Malassezia), but also the less common subcutaneous mycosis (sporotrichosis, chromomycosis, hyalomycosis) and systemic mycosis (cryptococcosis) are discussed in depth. The main diseases caused by ectoparasites in dogs and cats (scabies, notoedric mange, demodicosis, cheyletiellosis, otoacariasis) and their diagnosis, treatment and prevention are also reviewed. Special attention is devoted to canine leishmaniasis, to its etiopathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment and prevention (vaccines). Finally, cutaneous viral infections of dogs and cats are discussed, with a special focus on papillomavirus infections.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Diagnose and treat adequately most skin diseases of dogs and cats caused by fungi, parasites and viruses.
2. Identify ectoparasites of dogs, cats and rabbits.
3. Understand and adequately use the different techniques applied to the diagnosis of infectious diseases: serological (IFAT, ELISA), molecular (PCR, qPCR, ISH).
4. Understand the complex relationship between infection, immunity and immune mediated damage.


Superficial mycoses: Dermatophytosis, Malassezia dermatitis, candidiasis.
Subcutaneous and deep mycosis: sporotrichosis, chromomycosis, hyalomycosis, cryptococcosis.
Diseases caused by oomycetes and algae: pythiosis and prototecosis.
Diseases caused by mites: scabies, notoedric mange, demodicosis, cheyletiellosis, otoacariasis.
Diseases caused by insects: pulicosis, pediculosis.
Canine leishmaniasis: epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment. Prevention: use of vaccines. Feline leishmaniasis.
Viral skin diseases: Herpesvirus infection in cats. Diseases caused by papillomaviruses (papillomas, inverted papillomas, pigmented viral plaques, Bowenoid carcinoma in situ).

Special focuses:
Immunology and pathogenesis of canine leishmaniasis.
Papillomavirus: biology and mechanisms of disease.

Culture and identification of dermatophytes.
Parasite lab: identification of ectoparasites.

Journal clubs, discussions and controversies:
Diagnosis and treatment of dermatophytosis in dogs and cats.: Clinical Consensus Guidelines of the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology.
The multiple challenges of the treatment of canine leishmaniosis.

Preliminary Program (TBA Soon)


Total hours: 40

ATF hours (Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland): TBA

ECTS credits (Master & Certificate): 5


We thank following companies for supporting this course:

Registration and fees

Tuition fee: Euro 1.950.-


Early registration: Euro 1.850.-

(deadline for early registration payment: 30th May 2020)

Course location

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Robert-Bosch-Straße 26, 63225 Langen (Hessen), Germany

Mercure Hotel Frankfurt Airport Langen: Robert-Bosch-Straße 26, 63225 Langen (Hessen), Germany
Mercure Hotel Frankfurt Airport Langen: Robert-Bosch-Straße 26, 63225 Langen (Hessen), Germany

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