ROUND ROCK, Texas, Aug. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The itchy, scratchy pet is one of the most challenging problems that veterinarians encounter. But a new curriculum in allergy science, introduced this summer at the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology in France, could make it easier to solve the pet allergy puzzle – and provide relief to millions of suffering animals.
The hands-on course, which gives veterinarians the tools to properly identify and test for specific allergens, is delivered through a partnership between ALK, the global leader in allergy testing, and Animal Dermatology Clinic, an acclaimed international practice with 34 locations in the United States and Dr. Brett Wildermuth, Tierdermatologie Wiesbaden Germany.
"This educational opportunity is unprecedented because of the level of microscopic detail about environmental pollens that bother pets every day," says Brett Wildermuth, DVM, DACVD. "Major advances have been made in animal allergy testing over the past several years, and this practical curriculum helps veterinarians increase their skill and confidence with allergenic plants and molds."
Thirty veterinary dermatologists from various countries participated in the course that was launched at the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology in Bordeaux, France on June 2-4. Several microscope stations presented slides of each allergen, accompanied by the 170-page ALK pollen textbook, "Allergenic Plants and Molds," which details the role of different grasses, trees, weeds and molds in pet allergies and sensitivities.
Each pollen's season, identification and allergenicity were reviewed at the conference. The hands-on activities were complemented by presentations on immunotherapy and other therapeutic advances from Dr. Wildermuth, Animal Dermatology Clinic and the ALK scientific team.
"Educational materials with this level of detail were not available to veterinarians in the past. It was an honor to share our expertise in plant and mold characterization with vet dermatologists and we look forward to supporting the ongoing, allergy-related scientific needs of veterinarians," said Jorge Alderete, President, ALK Americas.
Leaders from Animal Dermatology Clinic visited ALK's extensive source material facilities in northern Idaho. "We are confident in ALK's capabilities to provide the most comprehensive allergy solutions for veterinary medicine, and we're excited to share advancements in the field with our industry," said Craig Griffin, DVM, DACVD, Animal Dermatology Clinic.
ALK and Animal Dermatology Clinic plan to offer their premier allergy science course to veterinary schools, industry groups and conferences in the near future. For more information or to present the course to your organization, contact Annette Royce at Annette.firstname.lastname@example.org.
About ACTT Allergy Management Program by ALK
The ACTT® Allergy Program by ALK enables the veterinary dermatologist and general practitioner alike to manage allergic patients with confidence and success. We provide complete allergy management, offering allergy testing and treatment solutions for the general veterinarian as well as allergenic extracts for the veterinary dermatologist. Our commitment is to help bring relief to allergic pets, and to provide resources to grow the allergy practice among the veterinary community. To learn more visit www.acttallergy.com.
About Animal Dermatology
As leaders in the veterinary dermatology community, Animal Dermatology Clinic strives to provide the most advanced specialty care available. Our doctors and clinics are internationally recognized as being among the best that veterinary dermatology has to offer. Dermatological problems are often extremely frustrating, requiring a unique combination of vigilant care and the latest technology. At Animal Dermatology Clinic, our principles of compassion and technology combine to bring you and your pet the best specialty care available. We value the human animal bond, and strive to enrich the lives of our clients and animal companions. Our goal is to provide you with individual attention while addressing your pet's medical needs. To learn more visit www.animaldermatology.com.
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