Autoimmune skin disease in dogs and cats
This is a unique and less common disease in which the body’s own immune system turns on itself – in this case, components of the skin. We will discuss this disease in two broad categories, namely those diseases that are vesicular or pustular in nature and those diseases that are not characterised be vesicles or pustules. We will spend most of our discussion time on the most common aspects of this disease.
Recording from 24.10.2018
Prof Andrew Leisewitz BVSc (Hons) MMedVet(Med) PhD
Andrew Leisewitz graduated with his BVSc degree in 1987. This was followed by an Hons in 1991, an MMedVet(Med) in 1995 and a PhD in 2006. Andrew was appointed as a senior lecturer in the then Department of Medicine at Onderstepoort in June 1990. He is been a full professor of Companion Animal Clinical Studies since 1995 and is a diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Companion Animals. He has worked as a specialist clinician in the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital for nearly 30 years. He runs a dermatology referral clinic within the Onderstepoort Veterinary Hospital and in a a Johannesburg based specialist referral hospital. He has initiated a dermatology specific internship at the Faculty which will run for the first time in 2019. He is an active teacher of undergraduate and post graduate veterinary students, and is a frequently invited speaker and presenter of continuing education for the profession in the sub-region. His research focusses on understanding the mechanisms of infectious disease making use of canine babesiosis and distemper virus infection as models for this work.