Dermatology Referrals

Chris Dale MA VetMB CertSAD MRCVS

Instructions for referring veterinary surgeons

Chris runs regular clinics at Beechwood Veterinary Hospital offering a referral service for colleagues dealing with problem skin and ear cases.

Facilities are available for the investigation and treatment of all types of skin and ear disease, including intradermal skin testing. Advanced ear surgery is available, if clinically indicated after appropriate dermatological investigation, through the existing Beechwood Surgical Service.

A full written history, or a copy of the clinical notes, is required as are all relevant laboratory reports.

Ideally treatment should be withdrawn at least 7 days before the first appointment. If this is an issue please get in touch.

Referring veterinary surgeons are sent a prompt written report after each examination.

To refer a case - or for some friendly advice - please telephone/email.

Necrotizing panniculitis with secondary bacterial infection

Patient before treatment

Patient after treatment

Instructions for owners of referred pets

If your pet has an ongoing skin or ear problem your vet may feel that referral for in depth investigation and treatment is the best way forward. Your own veterinary surgeon will contact us with your details and we can then arrange your Dermatology Referral appointment.

If you have any queries prior to your first appointment please telephone 01302 534999 and we will be happy to help.

Dermatology clinics are usually held on Wednesdays. The first appointment will last 90 minutes.

Ideally all treatments should cease at least 7 days before your first appointment. In this way we can see the disease as it really is, not modified by medications. Your own veterinary surgeon will advise on how any existing medicines should be withdrawn. If this is an issue please get in touch.

No food should be given after 7pm the day before your appointment. Animals more recently fed may not be able to have any necessary tests, sedation or anaesthesia. If this is a problem, a diabetic cat or dog for instance, please speak to your own vet. There is no need to withdraw water.

Please see our location map for directions.

Most cases are seen on an outpatient basis. Others may be admitted for further tests or treatment

Your own veterinary surgeon will be sent a comprehensive written report after each examination.


You will receive an estimate of cost before investigations or treatment are commenced. Precise estimates are difficult to give due to the variable nature of the cases presented to us however we will endeavour to keep you fully informed of costs as the case progresses. Fees are charged for work as it is done. The initial written estimate will not include follow-up appointments, further tests or medication.

Fees should be settled at the time your pet is discharged from the Hospital. If you have pet insurance, claim forms may be left with us for completion and for us to submit to your insurance company. Claims paid directly by the insurance company will only be authorized if a preauthorisation process has been completed. Please speak to a member of our reception team to discuss this further. Please understand that we cannot be responsible for any decisions made by your insurance company.

Document Downloads

The following files are available for download:

Atopy in a Newfoundland – 75% of atopic dogs can be managed with little or no requirement for steroids.

Intradermal skin testing.

Juvenile onset generalised pustular demodicosis.

Feline food allergy.