Everyday Dermatology Online

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May 27th - June 18th, 2024

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7:30pm AEST

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CPD value: 10 Points


Certificate on completion

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Got a derm case booked in today? No stress. Armed with a bottle of dex in one hand and a bottle of amoxyclav in the other, you’ll be fine*.

This online course shares how dermatology is easier than you think, and proves that it’s definitely worth your while to invest in derm-specific CPD. Enjoy live sessions with Q&A, or watch session recordings whenever it suits you.

*Rest assured, this course will describe evidence-based diagnostics and treatment, and we’ll definitely talk about steroids.

Access opens May 13th, 2024 and expires December 18th, 2024.

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Derm might not be sexy…

If you were to choose an area of veterinary science that has variety, easy gains for improved quality of life, rewards for lateral thinking and potential for some incredibly satisfying results… you’d be all over it like a rash, wouldn’t you?

Perhaps not. We understand that skin cases might not appeal to every veterinarian, but like many aspects of our trade, we’re expected to handle it. No problem. Here’s a cost effective opportunity for you to keep up to date with derm, and the session times aren’t compulsory. This online course can be worked in around your current schedule, and you’ll still have 6 months to complete it. Our goal is to give you the life hacks for managing skin dogs and cats, whether you have buy-in from the owner, or not.

In this online course, veterinary dermatologist Dr John Hutt cuts through the noise and shows you how to manage the science, the patient, and the owner’s level of involvement as you take on dermatology cases in GP. He even promises to make it fun. Here are some useful clinical tips for you.

Stop blaming the chicken

For a while there, it was fashionable to blame pruritus on chicken. Statistically, you’d be more accurate if you blamed dust, pollen, fleas, grass, or cockroaches. Fun fact: at most, 10% of food allergy versus atopy cases will actually have a true food allergy.

The truth about itching & pruritus 

Derm requires you to ask the right questions. It’s worth acknowledging that some people assume “itch” equals “scratch”. When you ask if the dog or cat is itchy (as you should), many owners will say “No, he’s not scratching,”. Truth alert: if the patient is scratching, rubbing, rolling, licking, chewing, biting, gnawing, sucking… he’s itchy.

Those little blue pills

Some owners just want another bottle of those little blue pills (preferably without another consult, please). It’s worth keeping an open mind when you navigate chronic skin conditions with your clients. Some will want to be actively involved, and others just want you to make the itch disappear. Getting a handle on this early in the course of treatment will really help smooth the way for everyone.








Itchy animals need your support
  • Recognise the underlying cause
  • Stop the itch now
  • Improve animal welfare
  • Follow up & manage chronic issues
  • Make pets happier (that’s one reason you’re a vet, isn’t it?)
Get a handle on derm in GP
  • Use in-house diagnostics to get instant answers
  • Break the itch-pred-repeat cycle
  • Avoid drug resistant infections
  • Treat itchy cats (they’re very different to dogs!)
  • Get your client prepared & involved
  • Spot the hidden dangers – conditions that mimic allergies

Course schedule

BONUS MODULE – Approach Dermatology without Losing the Client or Losing Your Way!

Derm is important. Why?

  1. Around 30% of sick animals presenting to a GP clinic are doing so because of skin disease
  2. It’s established that a major reason clients change vets is because of frustration with how skin or ear disease is managed
  3. Derm patients are repeat customers who offer steady income
  4. Skin cases rarely die of skin disease, and that’s refreshing.

With just three questions and three actions, you can manage derm cases without too much head scratching. Watch this 20-minute bonus module to see how.

Module 1 – The Initial Presentation

Dermatology is easy! In this module we’ll revisit the 3 questions and 3 actions from the introductory lecture, but we’ll cover the subject matter in more detail. We’ll look at some of the most appropriate initial diagnostic tests, and examine strategies to get the client onside. Things are much easier if your client is on board with the concept of ongoing allergy management, rather than recurring cycles of reactive treatment.

Module 2 – Initiating the Workup

Let’s say we’ve managed to get the client back for a revisit and you’re about to start the second appointment for their pet’s skin condition. What now? In this module, we’re going to run through how to interpret the responses (or lack of them) to your initial treatments. We’ll cover how to continue them (or not), and what steps will help you firm up or rule out your working hypothesis that the patient has atopic dermatitis. As part of this process, we will also discuss the increasingly common issue of drug resistant infections and how best to avoid them.

Module 3 – Managing Atopic Dermatitis

Once we’ve reached our diagnosis, we need to know how to manage the disease in the long term. Key to this is helping the client reach the understanding that lifelong care is a reality for dermatological conditions. We’ll discuss the various treatment options and how some presentations may lead us to prefer one modality over another. We’ll cover the way things can evolve, and what to do when that happens.

Module 4 – What About Cats?

Cats are different, and unapologetically so! In this module we’ll discuss how concepts from previous modules don’t necessarily apply to a species that makes up its own rules, sometimes as it goes along! Where do cats differ from dogs in the workup, and how do they respond to treatment? What works for cats and what doesn’t? This module aims to set you straight, so you can manage feline skin issues as easily as you do the canine ones.

Module 5 – Red Flags and Alarms

Here, we’ll look at the signs that indicate we’re not dealing with an allergy after all. What hidden dangers are lurking? We’ll discuss the ‘other’ differentials, and how to approach them. We’ll cover the diagnosis and treatment of diseases which can, at least at initial presentation, mimic an allergy and we’ll discuss what to look out for when your spidey sense is telling you that something different is at play.



5 Tuesday evenings, a curious mind & just $660 to enrich your daily work life


Handle derm cases, patients & clients with the long game in mind


Steady practice income, great potential for welfare gains, rewarding cases 

Your educator

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John Hutt

Dr John Hutt

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Qualifications: BVSc (Hons), BA(Hons), MA(CW), CertVD, MANZCVS, DipACVD

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Specialisation: Registered Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

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John is a UQ graduate and a registered specialist in veterinary dermatology. He set up North Kent Referrals in the UK, a multi-disciplinary referral practice in the south of England, which he owned and ran until its sale in 2012.

John’s clinical interests include the management of allergic skin disease in dogs, immune mediated skin disorders, and all aspects of feline and equine dermatology. John has regularly presented on the subject of veterinary dermatology to veterinary surgeons and nurses in Europe, Asia and Australia.



$660 AUD


x 3 monthly payments of $237

Your Questions Answered

Do I need to attend specific session times?

Not at all. Of course, you can only ask questions and participate in the discussion if you attend live, but it’s not a requirement. Each live session is recorded and uploaded within 24 hours of the live timeslot. Participants have access to recording during the course and for 6 months afterwards. 

Are there group discounts available?

Absolutely Work together, learn together, we say. If 3 or more participants register from the same clinic under the same booking, you’ll receive a 5% discount at checkout when you book on our website. For 4+ registrations, the discount increases to 10%. This isn’t valid with any other promotion.

Can I pay in instalments, or do you offer payment plans?

Yes we have a payment plan available scroll up and you will find it.

Will I get CPD points and a CPD certificate?

Of course! Each participant will receive a CPD certificate via email. We do this after you’ve provided feedback and completed the quiz questions at the end of the course.

What kind of learning materials are included?

All live online courses include live and recorded video presentations. Our educators also provide a variety of other resources so you can expect supporting materials like images, diagrams, course notes, slide presentations, journal articles, links to further reading, and more.

How long is course access open?

24/7 access is available for the duration of the course, and for 6 months after the last live session. You can access recordings, references and reading materials via your course library at any point during this period. We’ll remind you to download and review the course materials before the time is up.

What happens if the course is cancelled?

If we cancel a course, we will refund your course fees. It’s a simple as that.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers. Call 0409 743 100 or  0411 798 165