This Staff Spotlight features Carlo Vitale, DVM, DACVD, who is a veterinary dermatologist at SFVS. According to the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD), veterinary dermatologists are “extremely qualified in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious and non-infectious skin diseases, parasitic skin diseases, autoimmune diseases, allergy and allergy-induced skin diseases, recognition of the skin manifestations of systemic disease (including internal malignancy), cancer of the skin, cysts and other tumors of the skin and chronic infections and inflammatory conditions of the ears.” Read on to find out more about Dr. Vitale:
1. What about being a veterinarian is most rewarding to you personally?
I find it extremely rewarding to see my patients’ uncomfortable skin diseases resolve!
2. You got your degree in Mississippi and did your internship in Massachusetts before coming to California. Any differences in the way pet care is approached in these different regions of the country?
I have practiced on different coasts in my career and definitely notice a difference in the way pets are medically treated. It seems Californians are much more dedicated to their pets, and do value high-quality, specialty care.
3. Your specialty is dermatology. … What brought you to this particular field?
Dermatology is very visual, and since that fits my personality type I find the field very rewarding. It’s also a fairly “new” specialty, so I get to experience the recent explosion of research and new ideas to better care for my patients!
4. Are dermatological problems common in pets? Which conditions do you see most frequently in your practice?
Skin problems are, unfortunately, very common and are mostly allergies. The most common presentation of allergy, though, is ear infections.
5. What dog breeds seem to have the hardest time, skin-wise?
There are many breeds with special skin problems, some of which include Retrievers.
6. If you could impart just one piece of wisdom to every pet owner in the world, what would it be?
Yearly visits to your regular veterinarian (at the least) are crucial for maintaining good health. This is preventive medicine, and it works!
7. What is the most unusual condition you’ve ever treated in your time at SFVS?
We have seen several cases of resistant Staphylococcal infections transmitted to pets from humans.
8. What do you enjoy doing in your time away from work?
I enjoy gardening!
9. Do you have any pets of your own? Do they have perfect skin?
I have two beautiful, adorable, older cats. Yes, even my own cats had skin problems … they both developed acne two years ago!
Related: Dermatology + Allergy Care at SFVS