Animal Dermatology Group recognizes new DACVD


Orbell joins the ACVD's more than 300 board-certified veterinary dermatologists in the US and worldwide.

Animal Dermatology Group, Inc (ADG), recognizes Helen Orbell, BSc, BVSc, MANZCVS, for accomplishing Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD)—the organization attributed to maintaining post-graduate training and certification in veterinary dermatology.

"My love for veterinary dermatology has continued to grow throughout my career and I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity with ADG to learn from leaders in the field," said Orbell.

"The additional challenges during my residency due to my location makes achieving Diplomate status even more rewarding. I am extremely grateful for the support of ADG, my mentors and colleagues, the ACVD, and especially, the love and encouragement of my family throughout this journey,” she added.

According to a company release, Orbell graduated from the University of Queensland in Brisbane with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc). She has practiced in Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, the United States, and currently is with ADG's Animal Dermatology Clinic–Palmerston North, in New Zealand.

"ADG is proud to have supported Dr Orbell, the first veterinarian to be trained in an ACVD residency program in New Zealand," said Rusty Muse, DVM, DACVD, and ADG Medical Director. "She worked hard to achieve this amazing milestone and we are delighted to have her as part of our worldwide team."

The first nonacademic organization approved by the ACVD to offer a residency training program, the ADG hosts the largest ACVD residency class preparing future board certified dermatologists, according to the release.

"We are pleased to welcome Dr Orbell as our newest ACVD Diplomate. We strive to create an exciting, dynamic and rewarding environment at ADG, where our growing team of board certified veterinary dermatologists collaborate and support each other as we advance the research, education and clinical practice of veterinary dermatology,” said Steven Mrha, CEO of ADG.


Animal Dermatology Group applauds Dr. Helen Orbell, new Diplomate with the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. News release. Animal Dermatology Group, Inc. January 26, 2022. Accessed January 27, 2022.

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