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 Dermatology for Animals 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. 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) BA (Hons) MA (CW) CertVD MANZCVS DipACVD. Registered Specialist – 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 is a registered specialist in Veterinary Dermatology. He 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. 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. His clinical interests include the management of allergic skin disease in dogs, immune mediated skin disorders, and all aspects of feline and equine dermatology. John has regularly presented on the subject of veterinary dermatology to veterinary surgeons and nurses in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Outside of work, John’s major interest is in English Literature and Creative Writing. He completed a Bachelor of Arts at the Open University in 2006, followed by an Honours year in Creative Writing in 2009. He completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing in 2018.

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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 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 children, husband, 2 dogs and parrot.



Head Nurse

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, camping, being outdoors and taking Cairo to all kinds of dog-friendly places and events.




Originally from Sydney, Natalie first started her veterinary nursing career over ten years ago. After moving to Brisbane she joined the Dermatology for Animals team in August 2018. She loves caring for patients (and their owners!) and enjoys adventuring, watching movies and reading in the sun on her days off. She is a dog person with three weird and wonderful rescue cats – luckily they play fetch!




Having spent most of her working life in Financial roles, Sandra made the monumental decision to change careers in 2015 and has not looked back. Working in various general practice clinics around Brisbane while studying, she completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and was lucky enough to join the Dermatology Team in 2018. She is enjoying the challenge of learning new things and truly fulfilling her passion in life. Sandra shares her home with her very patient husband, her two teenage children, a grumpy Jack Russell Terrier called Lolly, a very elderly cat called Kimba and an energetic Labrador called Kobi. While not taking care of her family and animals, Sandra also enjoys sewing and reading.




Emily started veterinary nursing in 2014 and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2016. After working in general practice and emergency clinics, Emily joined the Dermatology team in December 2018. Outside of work, Emily loves painting, drawing, and yoga. Emily lives with her husband, their silly White Shepherd x Border Collie named Kenobi, and their cheeky Birman cat named Poe.




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