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There are hundreds of skin diseases that affect companion animals and horses, which make diagnosis and treatment challenging and often frustrating. Finding the most effective therapy can often be a process of trial and error. Foster Hospital has dedicated specialists who treat skin diseases, autoimmune/immune- mediated skin disorders, genetic skin and coat diseases and acute and chronic ear diseases. And it’s not unusual for skin disease to be a determinant or complication of internal disease. Our Dermatology and Allergy team has two board-certified specialists to assist you. Read more about our Dermatology service and the best way to refer a client or obtain a consult from our specialists.
January 25, 2015

Who We Are

The Dermatology Team at Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of skin and ear conditions, including:

  • Allergic skin disease
  • Autoimmune/immune-mediated skin disorders
  • Infectious and parasitic skin diseases
  • Genetic skin and coat diseases
  • Acute and chronic ear diseases

Led by two board-certified veterinary dermatologists with the support of two residents and veterinary technicians trained in dermatology, our goal is to understand the root cause of the animal’s problem and determine an appropriate management plan.

At Foster Hospital for Small Animals, we have access to a broad base of other veterinary specialists, providing the most complete and holistic treatment of your client. And it’s not unusual that pets undergoing diagnosis and treatment by ophthalmology, surgery, internal medicine or oncology may encounter dermatological or allergic situations that require consult.

Technology and Services Available

dermThe accurate diagnosis of a cutaneous disease frequently demands numerous microbiological, biochemical or immunological testing that are routinely performed at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals As an academic veterinary medical center, we offer state-of-the-art diagnostic treatments and techniques, including:

  • Allergy testing, including intradermal testing
  • Allergen-specific immunotherapy
  • Biopsy and dermatohistopathology
  • Video otoscopy
  • Myringotomy
  • Deep ear canal cleaning
  • Routine in-house cytologies

In addition, we also offer access to clinical trials or new innovative therapies that may supplement standard therapeutic protocols. Our faculty are currently overseeing several clinical trials utilizing stem cell therapy to manage immune-related diseases, the success of which depends entirely on recruitment and enrollment of a very specific population of patients. We invite you to consider enrolling your clients, if appropriate, in the state-of-the-art and innovative clinical studies currently under way at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Meet the Team

Lluis Ferrer, DVM, DECVD, PhD, joined the faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary with more than two decades of experience. Growing up on the island of Majorca, in the Mediterranean, Dr. Ferrer received veterinary training at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) and at the Veterinary School of Hannover (Germany), later obtaining the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Dermatology.  In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Ferrer teaches third-year students and mentors fourth-year students, and is dedicated to research with an interest in better understanding skin diseases, including leishmaniosis, demodicosis and atopic dermatitis. An expert in the microscopic evaluation of skin biopsies, one of the most effective diagnostic tools in dermatology, he also serves as one of the co-editors of the reference journal Veterinary Dermatology. Outside his professional life, his main pastimes include literature, jazz and cooking traditional Mediterranean dishes and spending time with his 11-year-old Jack Russell Terrier (‘Truc’).

Andrea Lam, DVM, DACVD, joined the faculty of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and divides her time between seeing patients with skin disorders at the Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals and Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment & Specialties (Tufts VETS) at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center, conducting research, and teaching third- and fourth-year veterinary students. After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2006, Dr. Lam moved to the United States to pursue specialized training in veterinary dermatology, initially as an intern in North Carolina and later at the prestigious University of California Davis’ dermatology residency program. Subsequently working as a board-certified veterinary dermatologist in California, Colorado and Delaware, Dr. Lam recently joined the faculty at Cummings School to pursue her other true passion of teaching. She brings her dermatology work home in caring for her one-eyed dog, “Jelly Bean,” with environmental allergies and itchy feet, a beautiful green-eyed cat, “Orange,” with food allergies and an itchy belly, and cat named “Fish,” free of dermatology issues.

Elizabeth Falk, DVM, began her dermatology residency at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in December 2013. Originally from Portland, OR, she has since seen many different parts of the country. After receiving a degree in biology at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, she went on to pursue veterinary school at the Cummings School. Upon graduation in 2007, Dr. Falk completed a one-year internship at Kentucky’s Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, one of the largest equine hospitals in the country. From her experiences practicing both large and small animal medicine in Oregon and California, Dr. Falk developed a passion for dermatology, and is excited to be back at the Cummings School, furthering her training. She divides her time between both Foster Hospital for Small Animals and Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment & Specialties (Tufts VETS) at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center. Her professional interests include allergic skin disease, autoimmune disease, and ectoparasites. In her free time, she enjoys tennis, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and her beloved orange-and-white cats, Taffy and Tuffy.

Christine Zewe, DVM, is a first-year resident in dermatology at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Born and raised in Texas, Dr. Zewe’s professional plans did not always include veterinary medicine. Initially receiving a Finance degree from the University of Texas at Austin, she relocated to Louisiana where she then decided to pursue her life-long love of medicine, receiving a degree in veterinary medicine from Louisiana State University. After graduation, she completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship and fulfilled her desire to specialize in the field of dermatology, landing a residency at the Cummings School and relocating to Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three-year-old son, and two beagles, and is gradually adjusting to the very different New England climate.

Referring a Patient

We are here to provide dermatology expertise to you, whether it’s a phone consult or to see your client in clinic. Each pet is treated as an individual and we work closely with you as the primary veterinarian to develop the most appropriate treatment plan, providing input on the management of your pet’s clinical condition and staying in contact with you once the plan is in place.

We work closely with our staff in other specialty departments to provide the most comprehensive care of our dermatology patients since skin disease can often be a marker for internal disease.

Our client liaison can help you arrange a consult for you or book an appointment for your client by calling 508-887-4745.  We recognize that your clients entrust their pets to you because they believe in you. Our dedicated team of dermatology specialists is ready to partner with you to provide the most comprehensive and highest quality and compassionate care for the pets you entrust to us.