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Keys to Success for Treating Skin Infections

Selecting which therapies to use for skin infections is important, but only half the battle. Knowing how to recognize the clinical presentation of skin infections and how to properly diagnose these diseases is essential for treatment success.


  • Recognize the various clinical presentation of bacterial pyoderma and Malassezia dermatitis
  • Improve cytologic techniques to more reliably confirm a diagnosis of bacterial pyoderma and Malassezia dermatitis
  • Learn how to identify and manage methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
  • Learn how to more effectively incorporate topical therapy in the treatment of skin infections
  • Identify and manage the primary cause which can hopefully reduce the recurrence and severity of secondary skin infections

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Andrew Simpson, DVM, MS, DACVD

Andrew Simpson


Dr. Andrew Simpson is a 2009 graduate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Aurora Animal Hospital and VCA Berwyn Animal Hospital, he spent four years working as a general practitioner at various VCA animal hospitals in the greater Chicagoland area. Dr. Simpson finished his residency in veterinary dermatology along with a Master's degree at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in June of 2017. He has published multiple papers in the veterinary literature, including research on monitoring urinary tract infections in allergy therapy, novel treatment for pemphigus foliaceus, along with a study on absent eardrums in dogs. His interests include allergic skin disease, otology (ear disease), immune-mediated skin disease, and cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease.