Speakers Biographies

Verena Affolter

Verena Affolter

Edward Breitschwerdt

Edward Breitschwerdt

Douglas DeBoer

Douglas DeBoer

Peter Elias

Peter Elias

Luca  Guardabassi

Luca Guardabassi

Angie Hibbert

Angie Hibbert

Tosso Leeb

Tosso Leeb

Sadatoshi Maeda

Sadatoshi Maeda

Tim  Nuttall

Tim Nuttall

Thierry  Olivry

Thierry Olivry

Aline  Rodrigues Hoffmann

Aline Rodrigues Hoffmann

Nico  Schoemaker

Nico Schoemaker

Stefan Schwarz

Stefan Schwarz

Yvonne van Zeeland

Yvonne van Zeeland

Tony Yu

Tony Yu

Verena Affolter Verena Affolter

Wetlab (Friday 3rd June 2016)
Dermatopathology

ISVD Advanced Dermatopathology Microscope Lab

08:30 - 12:30 | Congress center | F1 + F2

World Class: Equine (Thursday 2nd June 2016)
Nodular & scaling dermatoses

Clinico-pathologic correlations conferencenodular cases

17:15 - 18:00 | Congress center | E1 + E2

Advances in investigative dermatology: State of the Art (Saturday 4th June 2016)
New diagnostic approaches

Dermatopathology - the link between ancillary techniques and clinical lesions

14:00 - 14:45 | Congress center | Amphitheatre C

Biography

Dr. Verena Affolter is faculty and chief of service of Veterinary Anatomic Pathology Teaching Service and a member of the Leukocyte Antigen Biology Laboratory at UC Davis.  Her field of expertise is in dermatopathology and immunopathology.  Dr. Affolter has served on the ISVD board (2003-2013: as a member, president and vice president), as a co-editor and reviewer for selected publications from the 6th and 7th WCVD (2008; 2012) and reviewer for many veterinary medical journals.

Dr. Affolter’s special interests are lymphoid and histiocytic proliferative diseases, cutaneous vasculitis, autoimmune diseases and chronic progressive lymphedema in draft horses.

Edward Breitschwerdt Edward Breitschwerdt

Advances in investigative dermatology: Supporting Review (Saturday 4th June 2016)
Infectious diseases

Bartonellosis : a one health approach to an emerging infectious disease

09:15 - 10:00 | Congress center | Amphitheatre C

The Frontiers of clinical dermatology - Advanced CE (Friday 3rd June 2016)
Infectious diseases

Serological and molecular diagnosis of infectious diseases: something old and something new?

09:15 - 10:00 | Congress center | Amphitheatre C

The Peter Ihrke stream of practical dermatology - CE (Saturday 4th June 2016)
Infections

Canine tick borne infectious diseases: clinical and zoonotic Implications

16:30 - 17:15 | Congress center | Amphitheatre A

The Peter Ihrke stream of practical dermatology - CE (Saturday 4th June 2016)
Infections

A hidden threat? Five key facts every veterinarian needs to know about feline vector-borne diseases?

17:15 - 18:00 | Congress center | Amphitheatre A

Biography

Dr. Edward B. Breitschwerdt is a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He is also an adjunct professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).  Dr. Breitschwerdt directs the Intracellular Pathogens Research Laboratory in the Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research at North Carolina State University.  He also co-directs the Vector Borne Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory and is the director of the NCSU-CVM Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory.  
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Breitschwerdt completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri between 1974 and 1977.  He has served as president of the Specialty of Internal Medicine and as chairman of the ACVIM Board of Regents.  He is a former associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine and was a founding member of the ACVIM Foundation.
Breitschwerdt’s clinical interests include infectious diseases, immunology, and nephrology.  For over 20 years, his research has emphasized vector-transmitted, intracellular pathogens.  Most recently, he has contributed to cutting-edge research in the areas of animal and human bartonellosis.  In addition to authoring numerous book chapters and proceedings, Dr. Breitschwerdt’s research group has published more that 300 manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals. In 2012, he received the North Carolina State University Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award and in 2013 he received the Holladay Medal, the highest award bestowed on a faculty member at North Carolina State University.

Douglas DeBoer Douglas DeBoer

Advances in investigative dermatology: Supporting Review (Thursday 2nd June 2016)
Allergy

The future of immunotherapy for canine atopic dermatitis

14:45 - 15:30 | Congress center | Amphitheatre C

The Peter Ihrke stream of practical dermatology - CE (Saturday 4th June 2016)
Infections

Managing recurrent Pyoderma

11:45 - 12:30 | Congress center | Amphitheatre A

The Frontiers of clinical dermatology - Advanced CE (Saturday 4th June 2016)
Diverse challenges

Biological therapies: the future or just a dream? Includes update on current options as a background

16:30 - 17:15 | Congress center | Amphitheatre B

The Frontiers of clinical dermatology - Advanced CE (Friday 3rd June 2016)
Infectious diseases

Staphylococcal bacterins: promise and prospects

11:45 - 12:30 | Congress center | Amphitheatre B

Biography

Dr. DeBoer is a graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis, and completed postgraduate training at Michigan State University and at UC Davis.  In 1986, he joined the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is currently Professor of Dermatology.  His research and clinical interests center on the immunology of recurrent and chronic skin diseases, with a focus on canine allergic skin disease.  He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology and has served on the scientific editorial boards of the American Journal of Veterinary Research and Veterinary Dermatology, and is outgoing chair of the International Committee on Allergic Diseases of Animals.

Peter Elias Peter Elias

The Frontiers of clinical dermatology - Advanced CE (Thursday 2nd June 2016)
Geno & comparative dermatoses

Comparative ichthyosis

14:45 - 15:30 | Congress center | Amphitheatre B

Advances in investigative dermatology: State of the Art (Friday 3rd June 2016)
New trends in therapy

Overcoming the skin barrier - enhanced drug delivery with nanoparticles

08:30 - 09:15 | Congress center | Amphitheatre B

Biography

Peter M. Elias, M.D. is a Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of California San Francisco, and a Staff Physician at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco. He received his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco and trained in dermatology at Harvard University. Dr. Elias has authored or co-authored over 600 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and he has edited or co-authored three books on the subject of the skin barrier in health and disease. He is an invited speaker at national and international scientific meetings; and has been a consultant to the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

Dr. Elias has contributed to the present wealth of knowledge on both the structure and myriad functions of mammalian stratum corneum. His pioneering research since the 1970's has dispelled the myth of the stratum corneum as a "dead, keratinized, basket-weave" structure, to establish the iconic "brick and mortar" model. Through his efforts, the stratum corneum is now viewed as a metabolically active, two-compartment composite that functions as a biosensor. The resultant "outside-in" concept of the barrier as a prime mover in the pathogenesis of cutaneous disease has also been a highlight of his work, with the paramount role of skin barrier dysfunction in disease pathogenesis now widely recognized.

Luca  Guardabassi Luca Guardabassi

Advances in investigative dermatology: Supporting Review (Saturday 4th June 2016)
New diagnostic approaches

New diagnostic tests in microbiology

14:45 - 15:30 | Congress center | Amphitheatre C

The Frontiers of clinical dermatology - Advanced CE (Friday 3rd June 2016)
Infectious diseases

Antimicrobial activity of non-antibiotic drugs authorised for use in dogs

11:00 - 11:45 | Congress center | Amphitheatre B

The Peter Ihrke stream of practical dermatology - CE (Saturday 4th June 2016)
Infections

Rational antimicrobial use: critical steps in decision-making

11:00 - 11:45 | Congress center | Amphitheatre A

Biography

Luca Guardabassi is professor in Antimicrobial Resistance and Antibiosis at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. He graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pisa in 1994, obtained his PhD in Microbiology at the University of Copenhagen in 2000 and became de-facto Diplomate in the European College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH) in 2005. Since 1998 he has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and 6 book chapters. His research interests focus on evolution and epidemiology of multidrug-resistant bacteria of clinical interest and more recently on new strategies for control of antibiotic resistance in animals. Currently he coordinates a One Health interdisciplinary research centre for control of antibiotic resistance (www.uc-care.ku.dk) and a EU Initial Training Network in the area of antimicrobial drug R&D involving 9 academic institutions, 8 private enterprises and 2 national research institutes (www.train-asap.eu). Among his honorary offices, he is responsible for the local veterinary diagnostic laboratory, member of international veterinary committees for antimicrobial susceptibility testing (CLSI and VetCAST) and of national and international working groups for antimicrobial guidelines in companion animals.

Angie Hibbert Angie Hibbert

World class: Feline (Thursday 2nd June 2016)
Allergic diseases

Management of the allergic cat

14:45 - 15:30 | Congress center | Theater

World class: Feline (Friday 3rd June 2016)
Where dermatology and internal medicine meet

Diagnosis and treatment of feline respiratory disease with dermatological manifestations

14:00 - 14:45 | Congress center | Theater

World class: Feline (Friday 3rd June 2016)
Where dermatology and internal medicine meet

When can dermatologists cause problems for the internist?

16:30 - 17:15 | Congress center | Theater

World class: Feline (Friday 3rd June 2016)
Where dermatology and internal medicine meet

Clinical approach to feline endocrine diseases

17:15 - 18:00 | Congress center | Theater

World class: Feline (Thursday 2nd June 2016)
Allergic diseases

Stress and the allergic cat - beyond dermatology: How to reduce stress both in the clinic and at home

16:30 - 17:15 | Congress center | Theater

Biography

Angie graduated from the University of Bristol in 2000 and after almost 5 years in general practice returned to Bristol to take up the post of International Cat Care Resident in Feline Medicine. She became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2009 and an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Feline Medicine in 2010.  She is a staff clinician at the Feline Centre, Langford Veterinary Services (University of Bristol) where she also runs the radioiodine service and enjoys the challenges of geriatric and emergency feline medicine.  Angie is an editorial board member of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, a contributing author to the BSAVA Foundation Manual of Feline Practice and has lectured extensively in the field of feline medicine. Angie's primary research interests are  feline endocrinology and geriatric medicine.

Tosso Leeb Tosso Leeb

Advances in investigative dermatology: Supporting Review (Thursday 2nd June 2016)
Genetics

From the genetic laboratory to the clinic floor

09:15 - 10:00 | Congress center | Amphitheatre C

The Peter Ihrke stream of practical dermatology - CE (Thursday 2nd June 2016)
Internal medicine & dermatology meet

Canine genodermatoses ? what do we need to know in the clinic?

17:15 - 18:00 | Congress center | Amphitheatre A

The Frontiers of clinical dermatology - Advanced CE (Thursday 2nd June 2016)
Geno & comparative dermatoses

The geneticists perspective: how to investigate a genodermatosis - diagnostic tests available to the dermatologist

14:00 - 14:45 | Congress center | Amphitheatre B

World Class: Equine (Friday 3rd June 2016)
Pruritus and genetics

Genetic skin diseases in the horse

14:45 - 15:30 | Congress center | E1 + E2

World class: Feline (Friday 3rd June 2016)
Feline dermatology challenges

What do we know about genetic dermatoses in cats?

08:30 - 09:15 | Congress center | Theater

Biography

Tosso Leeb studied chemistry at the University of Munich, where he also did his PhD in biochemistry. After a postdoc at the University of Texas Health Science Center he moved to the University of Göttingen to do his habilitation. In 1999 he became professor for veterinary genetics in Hannover, and since 2005 he is professor and director of the Institute of Genetics at the University of Bern.
Tosso Leeb is a molecular geneticist studying monogenic traits in domestic animals with a special emphasis on skin traits including coat color and hair morphology. He has published more than 220 original articles in peer-reviewed journals. Tosso Leeb serves as member of the editorial board for six journals and acts as ad hoc reviewer for 76 different journals and various funding organizations. He is a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and received an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 2014.

Sadatoshi Maeda Sadatoshi Maeda

Advances in investigative dermatology: State of the Art (Thursday 2nd June 2016)
Allergy

The skin immune system - current knowledge and its role in allergy

14:00 - 14:45 | Congress center | Amphitheatre C

Biography

Dr. Sadatoshi Maeda received his veterinary degree from the Nihon University in 1994. After three years of general practice in a small animal clinic, he went to the USA to extend his knowledge and completed a MS program at the University of Florida in 1999. In 2000, he returned to Japan and completed PhD program at the University of Tokyo in 2004. He is currently a professor of Department of Veterinary Medicine and director of Animal Medical Center at Gifu University. His research interest is clinical immunology associated with canine atopic dermatitis, inflammatory keratosis and cutaneous lymphoma.

Tim  Nuttall Tim Nuttall

Advances in investigative dermatology: Supporting Review (Friday 3rd June 2016)
Living skin biology

Microbiome of the dog and cat ? what do we know?

14:45 - 15:30 | Congress center | Amphitheatre C

The Frontiers of clinical dermatology - Advanced CE (Thursday 2nd June 2016)
Bacterial otitis

Successful management of relapsing otitis externa - choosing antimicrobials in challenging cases

16:30 - 18:00 | Congress center | Amphitheatre B

The Peter Ihrke stream of practical dermatology - CE (Friday 3rd June 2016)
Immune mediated disease

Diagnosis of immune mediated disease

11:00 - 11:45 | Congress center | Amphitheatre A

The Peter Ihrke stream of practical dermatology - CE (Saturday 4th June 2016)
Otitis

Diagnostic approach to otitis externa

08:30 - 09:15 | Congress center | Amphitheatre A

Biography

Dr Tim Nuttall is an RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology. He graduated from the University of Bristol in 1992. In 1995 he joined the dermatology service at the University of Edinburgh as a resident and later studied for a PhD on canine atopic dermatitis. He joined the University of Liverpool in 2001, where he developed a busy referral dermatology clinic that now sees over 1000 appointments each year. In August 2013 he returned to the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies as Head of Dermatology.
Tim has written over 80 clinical and scientific publications, is a co-author of A Colour Handbook of Skin Diseases of the Dog and Cat, and has presented over 100 lectures throughout the world. He also had an active research programme, studying antimicrobial resistance, host-pathogen interactions and the genetics of canine atopic dermatitis. In addition, Tim has served on RCVS, BSAVA, ESVD and DEFRA scientific committees, the International Committee on Atopic Diseases in Animals, is a scientific advisor to the Bella Moss Foundation and has been a co-editor of Veterinary Dermatology. In 2014 he was received the BSAVA Woodrow Award for outstanding contributions to veterinary medicine.

Thierry  Olivry Thierry Olivry

Advances in investigative dermatology: Supporting Review (Friday 3rd June 2016)
New trends in therapy

The treatment of itch: what are the targets ?

09:15 - 10:00 | Congress center | Amphitheatre B

Science and Industry Day (Wednesday 1st June 2016)

ROYAL CANIN symposium - Revisiting food allergy in animals through the lens of evidence-based medicine

16:00 - 18:00 | Congress center | Amphitheatre B

The Frontiers of clinical dermatology - Advanced CE (Friday 3rd June 2016)
Dermatopathology

Collagen biology and comparative cutaneous pathology part 1 & 2

14:00 - 15:30 | Congress center | Amphitheatre B

The Frontiers of clinical dermatology - Advanced CE (Saturday 4th June 2016)
Challenges in therapy

Are antihistamines useful in the treatment of canine AD?

11:45 - 12:30 | Congress center | Amphitheatre B

Biography

After graduating from veterinary school in Toulouse (France) in 1984, Dr. Olivry joined a specialty practice in Paris. In 1991, he moved to the US for a residency in dermatology and a PhD in comparative pathology at the University of California Davis. He is board-certified by both European and American Colleges of Veterinary Dermatology. Dr. Olivry is presently Professor of Immunodermatology at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He holds also an appointment as Adjunct Research Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. From 2001 to 2004, he was the Chair of the International Task Force on Canine Atopic Dermatitis, and from 2008 to 2009, President of the European College of Veterinary Dermatology. Dr. Olivry received several awards, which include the “ACVD Award for Excellence for Outstanding Contributions to Science and Education” in 2004, the “NCSU Clinician of the Year award” in 2005, the “Pfizer Award for Research Excellence at NCSU” in 2010 and the “ World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Hill's Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award” in 2013.

Dr. Olivry is the author or co-author of more than 200 peer-reviewed original articles. His current areas of research interest include canine atopic dermatitis, the mechanism and treatment of itch, autoimmune skin diseases and the relationship between skin structures and disease mechanism.

Aline  Rodrigues Hoffmann Aline Rodrigues Hoffmann

Advances in investigative dermatology: State of the Art (Friday 3rd June 2016)
Living skin biology

How health and disease influences the Cutaneous Ecosystem

14:00 - 14:45 | Congress center | Amphitheatre C

Biography

Aline Rodrigues Hoffmann, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Assistant Professor at the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, USA. She is one of the pathologists at the Dermatopathology Specialty Service offered by Texas A&M University. Her research is primarily focused on studying the bacterial and fungal microbiome in the skin of companion animals, and correlating microbiome changes with development and pathogenesis of skin diseases. Other aspects of her research include basic dermatopathology, pathogenesis of infectious diseases, and microbiology. She is the author of the article Skin Microbiome in Healthy and Allergic dogs, as well as other articles focusing on dermatopathology and pathogenesis of diseases.  She has also been involved and dedicated to diagnostic pathology, and training of professional students and veterinary pathology residents. She is a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, International Society of Veterinary Dermatopathology, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, and American Society of Microbiology.

Nico  Schoemaker Nico Schoemaker

World class: Exotic (Saturday 4th June 2016)
Alopecia and scaling

Endocrine skin disease (emphasis on ferrets)

08:30 - 09:15 | Congress center | Montaigne A

World class: Exotic (Saturday 4th June 2016)
Miscellaneous diseases

Pododermatitis (small mammals and birds)

10:45 - 11:45 | Congress center | Montaigne A

World class: Exotic (Saturday 4th June 2016)
Exotic - reptiles

Of scutes & scales: dermatologic conditions in reptiles (emphasis Chelonians)

17:15 - 18:00 | Congress center | Montaigne A

Biography

Nico Schoemaker graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht 1994. This was directly followed by an internship in Companion Animal Medicine at the Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals and a Residency in Avian Medicine and Surgery at the same University. His residency led to certification as an avian specialist in the Netherlands, Europe (Diplomate of the European College of Avian Medicine and Surgery [ECAMS]) and the USA (Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners [ABVP] – certified in Avian Practice). In 2003 he defended his PhD entitled; Hyperadrenocorticism in ferrets. He has ever since been working at Utrecht University at the Division of Zoological Medicine. His work involves seeing exotic animal patients, teaching both undergraduate as well as graduate students and performing research with a focus on clinically relevant topics in small mammals and birds.
Since April 2009 the ECAMS was incorporated into a broader specialist college named European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM). Within this college he is a founder diplomate of the small mammal specialty, and a past-president. As it is only possible to hold one specialist title in Europe he has chosen to become a specialist in small mammal medicine.

Stefan Schwarz Stefan Schwarz

Advances in investigative dermatology: State of the Art (Saturday 4th June 2016)
Infectious diseases

Bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents and its impact on veterinary and human medicine

08:30 - 09:15 | Congress center | Amphitheatre C

Biography

Prof. Dr. med. vet. Stefan Schwarz works in the Institute of Farm Animal Genetics of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (= Federal Research Institute for Animal Health) in Neustadt-Mariensee/Germany. He is professor at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover/Germany where he teaches various academic courses. Recently, he has been appointed as visiting professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, China Agricultural University, Beijing/China. Prof. Schwarz’s research group ‘Molecular Microbiology and Antimicrobial Resistance’ is involved in both surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and analysis of the molecular genetics of antimicrobial resistance. His research interests include (i) structure and regulation of antibiotic resistance genes, (ii) molecular analysis and epidemiology of plasmids, transposons, ICEs, gene cassettes and integrons, (iii) antimicrobial susceptibility testing methods, and (iv) molecular typing of bacteria. Prof. Schwarz is a specialist veterinarian in microbiology, epidemiology, as well as molecular genetics and gene technology. He has published >300 papers and acts as editor/editorial board member of six international journals.

Yvonne van Zeeland Yvonne van Zeeland

World class: Exotic (Saturday 4th June 2016)
Avian dermatology

Plumage disorders in birds

14:00 - 14:45 | Congress center | Montaigne A

World class: Exotic (Saturday 4th June 2016)
Avian dermatology

Feather picking / feather destructive behaviours in psitticines

14:45 - 15:30 | Congress center | Montaigne A

Biography

After obtaining a Master in Veterinary Research (2002; topic: Cellular Aspects of Iron Storage in Birds) and completing her training in veterinary science in 2004, Yvonne van Zeeland graduated with merit from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Utrecht University, the Netherlands). Having worked briefly in private practice, she subsequently returned to Utrecht University to successfully complete an internship in Companion Animal Medicine, residency in Avian Medicine and PhD on Feather damaging behavior in Grey parrots. Aside from her recognition as a specialist in Avian medicine (the Netherlands, Europe) in 2013, Yvonne also became certified as a parrot behavior consultant (2012) and received a de facto recognition in Small mammal medicine by the European College of Veterinary Medicine (ECZM) in 2014. Currently, Yvonne is employed at the Division of Zoological Medicine where she devotes her time to research, teaching and patient care of birds, small mammals and other exotics. She furthermore is actively involved in post-graduate trainings of veterinarians and veterinary technicians in the Netherlands and abroad and contributes to the international development and advancement of Avian and Exotic Mammal Medicine through lectures, publications and membership of various professional organizations and committees.

Tony Yu Tony Yu

World Class: Equine (Thursday 2nd June 2016)
Scaling & crusting dermatoses

Approach to scaling and crusting with management of dermatophytes, bacteria (including dermatophilus) in horses

08:30 - 09:15 | Congress center | E1 + E2

World Class: Equine (Thursday 2nd June 2016)
Nodular & scaling dermatoses

My approach to nodules in the horse

14:00 - 14:45 | Congress center | E1 + E2

World Class: Equine (Thursday 2nd June 2016)
Nodular & scaling dermatoses

Clinico-pathologic correlations conferencenodular cases

17:15 - 18:00 | Congress center | E1 + E2

World Class: Equine (Friday 3rd June 2016)
Pruritus

Atopic dermatitis - Diagnosis and Management

09:15 - 10:00 | Congress center | E1 + E2

World Class: Equine (Friday 3rd June 2016)
Pruritus and genetics

Case discussions of pruritic horses - Panel discussion

14:00 - 14:45 | Congress center | E1 + E2

Biography

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

Graduated from (Institution, year) and Degrees:

1.    U of Guelph – 1986 – Bachelor of Science
2.    Ontario Veterinary College – 1990 – DVM
3.    Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine – 1995 – Master of Science

Name of Diplomate status (College/Board, Year): 
American College of Veterinary Dermatology – 1996

INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION:
Dr. Yu completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Ontario Veterinary College in 1990, and after finishing a residency and Masters degree at Auburn University, he started a private dermatology referral practice in Oregon and southwestern Washington where he dealt with chronic ear, skin, and allergic skin conditions in dogs, cats, and horses.

He returned to the Ontario Veterinary College as an Associate Professor in Veterinary Dermatology in 2004. In 2013, Dr. Yu returned to private referral practice as the Yu of Guelph Veterinary Dermatology in Southwestern Ontario, Manitoba and the Maritimes. 

He has lectured extensively in veterinary dermatology throughout North America, Europe, and China as well as authoring and guest editing several publications in canine, feline, and equine journals and veterinary textbooks.