July 30, 2021 4:58 PM

Beginning Sunday, August 1, 2021, all visitors to MSU's campus, including the Veterinary Medical Center, are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Find details here.

Clients are allowed indoors with their animals. Any patient presented to the MSU Small Animal Emergency Service will undergo an initial medical evaluation to determine if urgent care is needed, and whether hospitalization is warranted. The MSU Small Animal Emergency Service will only hospitalize patients that our clinicians consider to be unstable or to have life-threatening conditions.


The Dermatology Service focuses on the diagnosis and management of skin-related problems for your animal. Patients typically visit us for:

  • Acute and chronic ear infections, tumors, and masses
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Autoimmune skin diseases
  • Cancer of the skin, cysts, and other tumors of the skin
  • Chronic bacterial and fungal skin diseases
  • Congenital skin diseases
  • Drug reactions of the skin
  • Environmental allergies
  • Food allergies
  • Hair loss disorders
  • Hormonal skin diseases
  • Insect hypersensitivities
  • Nail disorders
  • Parasitic skin diseases
  • Skin manifestations of systemic disease

“Dermatological conditions are some of the most common problems that pets can experience. Our clinical team’s skills and focus enable us to provide the best treatment available.”

– Annette Petersen, Dr.med.vet, DACVD, Associate Professor

Special equipment

  • Convergent (Holmium) Laser
  • Cryotherapy
  • CT Scanner
  • Intradermal Testing
  • MRI
  • Ultrasound
  • Veterinary Skin Pathology Specialist
  • Video Otoscope

Services offered

  • Allergy shots
  • Allergy testing
  • Bacterial and fungal culture
  • Cytology of ear samples and ear cleaning
  • Ear mass removal via laser
  • Long-term medical management for allergies and ear diseases
  • Medicated bath
  • Skin biopsies
  • Skin cytology
  • Skin related hormone analyses (adrenal, thyroid, and reproductive hormones)
  • Skin scrapings
  • Video-otoscopic examinations of the ear canals and thorough flushing of the ear canal and middle ear