Referring Veterinarians

Dermatology Referrals

At Landing Animal Clinic, we are happy to see both dogs and cats for skin and allergy referrals. We have compiled some information below regarding the referral services offered but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you are a Veterinarian that would like to refer a patient to Landing Animal Clinic, please fill out our online dermatology referral form.

Credentials

  • Dr. Jennifer Willans was board certified in canine and feline practice with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2004, and recertified in 2012. Dr. Willans is at Landing Animal Clinic full time.
  • Dr. Willans is a general practitioner with a special interest in veterinary dermatology.  She is pleased to take referrals for dermatology consultations.
  • Dr. Danny Joffe was board certified in canine and feline practice with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 1992 and recertified in 2000 and 2010.
  • Dr. Danny Joffe is at Landing Animal Clinic part time and is available to perform intradermal skin testing. He has performed intradermal skin testing for over 20 years.

Dermatology Consultations

  • The initial consultation is a 60 minute appointment allowing ample time to obtain a detailed history.
  • We request that referring veterinarians complete the dermatology referral form.
  • We are happy to provide your client with a detailed estimate at the time of the consultation if it is requested.
  • Although we do not require it, we encourage you to refer for a dermatology consultation prior to referring directly for intradermal skin testing.  In our experience, we have found that this improves communication and helps to manage client expectations.
  • Referring veterinarians will be sent a referral letter summarizing the findings of the referral consultation in a timely fashion.
  • Your client will be asked to sign a referral form outlining our referral policy. Our policy is as follows:

“Your pet has been referred to us for a referral consultation. The veterinarians that sent you to us has confidence in our advanced training to care for your pet’s medical needs.  We wish to handle your pet’s problem to the best of our ability and then send you back to your regular veterinarian for continued health care. By signing below, you also agree not to ask us to care for any other problems your pet may have.”

Intradermal skin testing information

  • Antihistamines need to be withdrawn 2 weeks prior to testing.
  • Topical and oral steroids need to be withdrawn 8 weeks prior to testing.
  • Cyclosporin (Atopica), antibiotics and antifungals do not interfere with testing.
  • An active infection with yeast or bacteria may negatively affect the results of the intradermal skin testing. We recommend that secondary infections be treated prior to testing.
  • We test for approximately 45 allergens. These include such things as grasses, trees, weeds, dust mites, feathers, wool and moulds. We have chosen the allergens based on what is common in the Calgary area.

Information about immunotherapy/hyposensitization

  • Approximately 60% of dogs will improve and get off of symptomatic therapy, 20% of dogs will not improve at all, and 20% will improve somewhat.
  • It can take up to 1 year to show improvement with the hyposensitization injections. Symptomatic therapy can be used while we are waiting for a response to the hyposensitization injections.
  • If the injections are helpful, we recommend life- long treatment.
  • If your client resides in or near Calgary, we will instruct them in person how to give the allergy injections. Otherwise, we will send you an instruction sheet and schedule so that you can instruct your client.
  • We prepare the allergy serum at Landing Animal Clinic. The client can pick it up it up at our clinic or we can ship it via courier. There will be an additional charge for the courier.

Please fill out one of our referral forms below:

Referral Form (online)

Downloadable Referral Form (pdf)

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