Dr. Caitlin Contreary
Dr. Contreary hails from Louisiana and is a graduate of Louisiana State University. She moved to Houston after completing her dermatology residency at UC Davis, and obtained board-certification status in 2015. Dr. Contreary recently joined GCVS and is settled in as our newest Dermatologist. Her special interests include allergic skin and ear disease and cutaneous manifestations of systemic diseases.
Dr. Karin Beale
Dr. Karin Beale received both her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida. After graduation, she was engaged in private clinical practice in the Washington, D.C. area before returning to the University of Florida for her dermatology residency. After residency, she attained board-certification status, and remained on faculty at the University for four years before leaving to found Gulf Coast Veterinary Dermatology and Allergy.
Dr. Sandra Merchant
Dr. Sandra Merchant received both her Bachelor’s degree and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from University of Florida. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology and has been a member of the faculty at Louisiana State University since 1988 where she is currently dermatology service chief and a professor. She has been awarded the Norden Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Louisiana State University Teacher of the Year, Gamma Delta Sigma Teacher Honor Roll, Speaker of the Year – Small Animal- at the North America Veterinary Conference and Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine Faculty Distinguished Service Award. She has a special interest in Veterinary Medical Education as well as ear disease and dermatologic endocrinology.
Dr. Katrine Voie
Dr. Katrine Voie graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. After graduation, Dr. Voie completed a one year small animal medicine and surgery internship at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, followed by a dermatology internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. She completed her residency in dermatology and earned a MS degree at the University of Illinois in 2013. Dr. Voie became a board-certified veterinary dermatologist in 2013.
What is a Diplomate of Veterinary Dermatology?
A veterinary dermatology specialists is a trained veterinarian who is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of dermatological and allergy-related conditions. To become a board-certified veterinary dermatologist, or ACVD diplomate, a four year undergraduate degree in biology, life sciences, animal science or a related field is required, followed by four years of veterinary medical school and a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) license. This is followed by a one year internship at either a private practice or university teaching hospital. There, the doctor is able to perfect their skills in small animal surgery and medicine. After the one-year internship, a two or three year residency program in dermatology is required. Here, skin diseases or all species of animals are studied, including dogs, cats, horses, farm animals, small exotic animals, zoo animals, birds, reptiles, and even some human diseases. Once the doctor has reached a specific number and variety of cases in residency program, they are then required to perform a research project in an area of skin disease that advances their knowledge in the field. Those results are then published in a referred medical or veterinary medical journal. Finally, the future dermatologist must pass the board certification exams- a rigorous series of examinations to prove competency in all areas of veterinary dermatology.