All of our staff have received advanced training and continue to undertake further education on a regular basis. We are committed to providing the best in patient care.

There are hundreds of different diseases recognised to affect the skin of animals.  Unfortunately the skin can only react in a limited number of ways; making many of these diseases appear very similar. Often there are only subtle differences in the clinical appearance, history or response to treatment allowing these diseases to be differentiated.  Our dermatologists and veterinarians have all received advanced training in their field and are able to identify these differences and formulate the most direct and cost effective diagnostic investigation. 

We remain current on new research and developments by attending conferences both internationally and in Australia, are actively involved in research projects and have access to the world's journals through our association with the University of Queensland.  Whilst the majority of the practice is concerned with diseases in dogs and cats we also see equine, exotic and wildlife cases.

Our Team


Dr Mike Shipstone

BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (Canine Medicine), FANZCVS, DipACVD. Registered Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology.

Mike graduated from The University of Queensland in 1984 and has worked in a number of different private practice and industry positions. In 1995 he started a residency in Melbourne, with additional periods of study at the University of California, Davis and Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He is principle and director of a specialist dermatology referral practice and Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland where he teaches the Dermatology course to undergraduates.

Mike is a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (Veterinary Dermatology) and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, together with Evie, the only dual boarded veterinary dermatologists in Australia.   Mike has published in Australia and overseas and has presented in Australia, South East Asia, New Zealand and North America.


Dr John H C Hutt

BVSc (Hons), Cert VD, MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine), DipACVD. Registered Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology.

John graduated from the University of Queensland in 1988. He worked in general practice in Brisbane for 18 months before travelling to the UK in 1990, where he worked in small animal practice for the next 11 years. He was a clinical assistant in dermatology at the Animal Health Trust from 1998 to 2001.In 2001 John set up North Kent Referrals, a multi-disciplinary referral practice in the south of England, and he owned and ran the practice until its sale in 2012.

John holds the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology, is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (MANZCVS) by examination in small animal medicine, and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology and a registered specialist. John is a past President of the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group.

Following his return to Brisbane in 2013, John joined the team at Dermatology for Animals. Outside of work John's major interest lies in English Literature and in 2006 he completed a Bachelor of Arts at the Open University.

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Dr Evie Knight

BVSc, MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine), FANZCVS, DipACVD. Registered Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology.

Evie graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2010. After graduation she undertook a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Queensland Veterinary Specialists and Pet Emergency in Brisbane. Following completion of the internship, she commenced a dermatology internship at Dermatology for Animals.

Evie was then offered a residency position in veterinary dermatology, training under both the Australian and American residency programs, with time spent in externships in both Australia and the USA.

Evie is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (MANZCVS) by examination in small animal medicine, and is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (FANZCVS) by examination in veterinary dermatology. She is also a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (DipACVD) and is a registered specialist. She lectures frequently at local and national conferences on a range of topics.

Evie currently lives with her very fluffy and spoilt Chinchilla, Panda, a much-loved Maltese, Chester, and the newest addition to the family, Gio, a Golden Retriever.

Dr Jeylan Aslan

BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine). Dermatology Resident.

Jey graduated from the University of Queensland in 2013 with first class honours and as top of the class. Following graduation she completed a one year rotating internship at Veterinary Specialist Services at Underwood, where she first met the dermatology team. She then spent 2 years in a busy small animal general practice in Brisbane, before joining Dermatology for Animals as an intern in December 2016.  Jey attained membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science by examination in small animal medicine in 2018. She commenced a residency in veterinary dermatology in 2018, and her special interests in dermatology lie in feline dermatology and dermatologic applications of carbon dioxide laser surgery. 

Jey has two very naughty Ragdoll cats, Bijou and Chopin, and outside of work enjoys reading, pottery and hiking. 


Practice Manager

Keira started her veterinary nursing career in 2005 after being offered a position in a busy general practice at the age of 15.  Keira has a wide range of experience as a nurse, including small animal and large animal general practice and working as a rotating nurse at a lead specialist centre in South Brisbane. In early 2012 Keira joined Dermatology for Animals as a full time nurse.  Over the years she has progressed to work in management and after a short break raising her son, she is now back working part time in management. 

Keira spends her time away from work busy with her young son, husband, 2 dogs and parrot.



Jacqui started her vet nursing career in 2012 as a mature student, after previously managing a few different cafes. Jacqui started out at a busy mixed practice in Central Queensland and enjoyed the exposure to a range of large animals such as goats, sheep, cows, horses and Alpacas. During the time she spent working in mixed practice, she completed her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. Jacqui has always enjoyed the challenges that a career vet nursing can bring, never knowing what will come into the clinic next. Jacqui has recently moved to Brisbane and joined the Dermatology team in April 2017 where she is now enjoying the new challenge of specialising in one area of veterinary medicine. In her spare time Jacqui enjoys sewing, millinery and getting out and about with her 2 children and experiencing the local parks and attractions. Jacqui also has a Chihuahua (Velcro), a Border collie (Bolt) and a rescue cat (Dobby) although if it was not for her husband, she would have a small farm by now. .



Melissa started veterinary nursing in 2013 in general practice around Brisbane. In 2016, she graduated from The University of Queensland after studying a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Veterinary Technology. Mel joined the team here at  Dermatology for Animals in May, 2016. She has a few fur and feather babies, a yellow Labrador retriever named Cairo and two Green-cheeked conures, Tiko and Cleo. In her spare time, she enjoys pilates, being outdoors and spending time at the beach with Cairo.



Amy started her veterinary nursing career in 2009 at a busy small animal practice in Brisbane.  She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2011, and worked in her original practice for 7 years before joining the Dermatology for Animals team in April 2017.  Amy enjoys learning about cytology and all the aspects of long-term management of allergic patients. 

Amy lives with her husband Karl and their 2 chickens, and enjoys crocheting and other crafts, reading, playing with her many nieces and nephews and camping.  She is looking forward to one day having a pet fish.



In 2000 Robyn joined the clinic, enjoying a number of administration roles.  At home she is kept busy with family and a moggy, Keeto.