The link between dermatology and behavior in companion animals

August 28, 2020
dvm360 Staff

Tonight at the Fetch dvm360 virtual conference, a veterinary dermatologist and a veterinary behaviorist team up to answer your questions about the interplay between behavior and skin problems.

When Ashley Bourgeois, DVM, DACVD, arrived in Portland, Oregon a few years ago, one of the first veterinarians she met was Chris Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC. The pair hit it off instantly and have been collaborating on cases ever since. (Both practitioners are also part of dvm360’s new editorial advisory board.)

At the Fetch dvm360 virtual conference this evening, these 2 specialists will share their extensive knowledge in a live Q&A session, answering attendees’ questions about the interplay between dermatologic and behavior issues.

Their goal is to help you decipher what part of a patient’s problem is “skin, derm, itch, inflammation, or other medical issues, and which part is behavior based,” says Dr. Pachel. “Is it an ‘either/or,’ is it an ‘and,’ or is it a ‘first this, then the other’ type of situation?” For many animals, he says, both aspects need to be addressed, and this session promises to offer practical nuggets that can be put into practice right away for some of your most difficult cases.

“Now more than ever with virtual conferences and our inability to go to live events, I’m really excited to develop that sense of community and teach you guys dermatology through virtual Fetch,” says Dr. Bourgeois.

The conference is in full swing now, but runs through Monday, August 31. So, it’s not too late to register. The beauty of a virtual conference is that you don’t have to run to catch a session or choose between multiple great topics being presented simultaneously. You don’t have to miss a single topic that is important to you because all sessions will be available for viewing until September 14.

Drs. Pachel and Bourgeois will be presenting at 6:00 pm ET tonight. To hear more from them about this exciting session, watch the video below.