Please note: We will be closed Thursday, July 25th – Tuesday, July 30th for our annual dermatology conference.

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Get to know Missouri Veterinary Dermatology Center

We help pets with skin issues.

Our Mission

The Missouri Veterinary Dermatology Center in Wentzville is operated by CARES LLC. It is home to the only two board-certified dermatologists in the St. Louis metro area, Dr. Sarah Hoff and Dr. Karen Campbell. The doctors and their team of experienced technicians work together with the primary care veterinarian to create the best treatment plan for their patients. Our mission is to provide state-of-the-art care in a kind and comforting environment.

What is a veterinary dermatologist?

Medicine is a complicated science, and no one can possibly master all of its elements. Because of this, we have specialists who specialize in specific areas of health care. Veterinary medicine includes the same specialties as human medicine, such as internal medicine, cardiology, surgery, oncology, ophthalmology, and dermatology.

Intensive training is a must for all medical specialties. After obtaining the DVM (doctor of veterinary medicine) degree, 2-3 years of residency training are required to become a veterinary dermatologist. The dermatology resident is immersed in substantial “book learning” (medical journals, conferences, online training, and, yes, actual books) throughout this time.

In this case, a trainee must publish 1-3 papers in a peer-reviewed medical journal. There is then one more barrier, followed by a several-day examination administered by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. Only after completing this test may someone become board certified as a veterinary dermatologist.