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Dr Ian Mason

Ian Mason
  • Location: Wiltshire
  • Year of Fellowship: 2020
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to the Profession

Areas of special interest

  • Dermatology
  • Laboratory Animal Science

Areas of support

  • Collaborative research
  • Professional mentoring
  • Promoting knowledge and best practice
  • Public engagement
  • Translating research into veterinary practice

Professional positions

  • Chair of BSAVA Council


  • Honorary Life Member of European Society for Veterinary Dermatology


Ian is a 1981 Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London graduate. After three years in mixed practice he joined the Dermatology Unit at the RVC to undertake a PhD on canine pyoderma and hypersensitivity. He then spent three years as a dermatology resident before establishing a referral practice in dermatology.

He worked for 13 years as a referral dermatologist, running a peripatetic clinic (1990-2003). This involved clinical work, clinical research, consultancy with pharmaceutical and pet food companies and teaching.

He holds an RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology and a European Diploma in this discipline. He was an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology from the inception of the scheme until joining the Civil Service in 2003.

From 2003, until his retirement in 202, he was a Home Office Inspector working to protect animal welfare under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

He has published papers, articles and book chapters and lectured at scientific and clinical meetings throughout the world. He has authored or edited five textbooks and clinical guides. He also served as editor and then the editor-in-chief of the journal Veterinary Dermatology.

He has been a board member of the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology (ESVD) and the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group and Treasurer and then President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association. He was made an honorary life member of the ESVD in 2017.

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