Skin Specialist Vet Service

Dr. Cathy F. Curtis, BVetMed, Cert SAD, DVD, MRCVS

RCVS - Registered Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

"The specialist vet for your itchy pet!"

Specialist skin vet service, offering clinic-based referral appointments in the Herts and Essex areas, in addition to a nationally-available video-consulting platform* for friendly, personalised, specialist advice about your itchy, balding or 'lumpy' pet.


(*This new platform is superior to a routine telephone consultation, as it allows you to use your smartphone camera to show the areas of diseased skin to me, better helping with diagnosis and case management.  In situations where clinic visits are not practical due to distance, I can then work with and advise your primary vet regarding further investigations and treatment, no matter where you live.)

Cathy understands that living with a pet with a chronic skin problem can be very frustrating and distressing to both pet and owner, not to mention the cost implications of regular veterinary visits and treatments.  Early referral can help to limit both the period of suffering for the animal, plus the overall cost of achieving a diagnosis and an appropriate management programme, so pet owners should always discuss the option of referral to a registered specialist with their primary vet, whenever skin problems fail to come under control with routine veterinary care 

Dr. Cathy Curtis

About Cathy...

Cathy Curtis qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London, in 1989 and, always being particularly interested in skin diseases, studied for and gained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology in 1991. 


After a year of travelling and working abroad, she returned to the RVC in 1993 to further her studies, undertaking a residency in veterinary dermatology and being awarded the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Dermatology in 1995.  She was appointed as a staff clinician in dermatology at the college on completion of her residency - a position that involved seeing referral cases, conducting clinical studies and teaching the undergraduate veterinary students.  In 1996 she left the RVC to establish a private veterinary dermatology practice and became one of few dermatologists in the UK to be awarded RCVS-recognised specialist status in 1997.  She became an active member of the RCVS Veterinary Dermatology Board and examiner for the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology Exam between 1997 and 2000 and is also a member of the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group, the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology and the British College of Veterinary Specialists.


Over the years, Cathy has been involved in teaching both undergraduate and post-graduate veterinary surgeon and veterinary nurse continual professional development courses and has lectured both nationally and internationally.  She has undertaken several clinical research projects on a number of subjects including canine idiopathic recurrent pyoderma, canine cyclical flank alopecia, equine chorioptic mange and canine sarcoptic mange. She is widely published in the field of veterinary dermatology and has authored and co-authored 30 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters (see Publications)

Cathy runs regular referral skin clinics in a number of locations throughout Hertfordshire and Essex (see 'Clinic Locations') and in June 2020, launched a video-consulting service which allows anyone in the UK to see and speak directly with her via an app on their smartphone, which can then also be used to show her the diseased areas of their pet's skin.  More details of both services can be obtained via the 'Contact Me' hyperlinks.





Cathy with her own cat, Toby

Regular skin clinics are held at the following surgeries:


Chestnut Vets,

1 Hoe Lane,



SG12 9LS


Hitchin Vets,

St. Ibbs Farm,

London Rd,




Berry House Vets,

41 Nightingale Rd,





Valley Vets,

9 Hydean Way,





hatfield heath

Darwin Cottage,

The Heath,

Hatfield Heath,

Bishops Stortford,


CM22 7EB



11 Wych Elm,

The High,



CM20 1QR


Contact Me (for Vets only)

Veterinary surgeons wishing to refer cases to me should complete the form directly below and indicate whether their client would prefer a clinic appointment (see 'Clinic Locations' in the menu bar), or a video consult.

Initial clinic consultations (1-2 hours) cost £200.00 + VAT;

initial video consults (approx. 30 mins) cost £119.00

Thanks for your message, I'll be in touch shortly!

Veterinary surgeons wishing to speak to me should call my office line - 01920 484525


Contact Me (for Pet Owners)

Pet owners can have their pet referred to me by their primary veterinary surgeon, or they can be self-referred. In both situations, I will need contact with the vet that your pet is currently registered with, as their medical history will be required. Pets can either be seen 'in clinic' (see 'Clinic Locations' in the menu bar), or via a video consulting system (all locations). Please complete the form below.

Initial clinic consultations (1-2 hours) cost £200.00 + VAT*;

initial video consults (approx. 30 mins) cost £119.00*

(*payments are only processed after the consultation is completed)

Thanks for your message, I'll be in touch shortly!