More about Anita Patel


Anita Patal


Anita is one of only a handful of veterinary dermatologists recognised as specialists by the Royal College. In 2002, after a residency at the Royal Veterinary College's Queen Mother Hospital, she qualified as a Diplomat in Veterinary Dermatology and started her specialist career. She now sees dermatology cases referred to her from practices all over the South East of England.

Previously, Anita had been a partner in general practice for 15 years, during which she gained her practising certificate in small animal dermatology in 1993. She studied Veterinary Medicine at Nairobi University and subsequently at Glasgow, becoming a member of the Royal College in 1982.

Often the problems that are referred to her are multi-factorial and need both immediate treatment and long-term management. Her approach to treatment is pragmatic, based on her many years experience in small animal practice, and she understands the compliance problems many clients have, especially when the treatment is expensive and/or carried out at home.

Once the diagnosis has been made, therefore, she prescribes a treatment regime and a long-term management program that can be carried out by the referring veterinary practice.


Her aim, with these intractable conditions, is always to improve the patient's (and owners') quality of life by reducing, or ideally eliminating, the symptoms and, by good management, prevent their re-occurrence.

Anita co-authored the Saunders Solutions handbook on Small Animal Dermatology, and wrote the chapter on Bacterial Pyoderma for John R August's Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine and the chapter on the structure of skin in the BSAVA manual on Veterinary Dermatology. She is the author of several papers on the incidence, pathogenicity and antimicrobial resistance of feline staphylococci and other infectious diseases. She has also written three workbooks on chronic ear disease in dogs for Vetstream. [see publications]

Anita is also a member of the ISVD (International Society for Veterinary Pathology), ESVD (European Society of Veterinary Dermatology), BVDSG (British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group), BVA & BSAVA

Her major outside interest is cooking and she recently published a cookbook, for family and friends, the proceeds from which went to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. She also has a pet cat and a dog, both rescued and a husband, which keep her busy.