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Susan Paterson



Susan Paterson

Sue Paterson qualified from Cambridge in 1984. After a time in mixed practice in Devon she took her Certificate then British and European Diplomas in Veterinary Dermatology and has been an RCVS and European Specialist for more than 20 years. She has recently been elected as a Fellow of the RCVS for meritorious contributions to clinical practice.

She is the Veterinary Director of Veterinary Dermatological Ltd and Virtual Vet Derms, a veterinary telemedicine company.

She has published seven text books as well as writing numerous peer reviewed articles and contributing chapters to both small animal and equine text books. She lectures extensively in Europe and America.

Sue is a Past President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and also the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology.

Sue is a keep-fit fanatic and is a keen long-distance walker, runner and cyclist.

Council Member category

  • Elected: 2014 - 2022

Committee membership

  • Education Committee (Chair)
  • Recognised Veterinary Practice Sub-Committee
  • Environment and Sustainability Working Group (Chair)
  • Estates Strategy Group
  • Brexit Taskforce
  • Covid-19 Taskforce
  • CPD Compliance Panel

Declaration of interests


  • Veterinary Dermatologicals - Veterinary Director

Veterinary Dermatologicals Ltd is a manufacturer of a range of veterinary dermatology supplements, shampoos, ear cleaners and soaps which are supplied to the general public and veterinary surgeons.

  • Virtual Vet Derms Ltd. (subsidiary of Veterinary Dermatologists) - Veterinary Director

Virtual Vet Derms Ltd. is a subsidiary of Veterinary Dermatologicals Ltd. which contracts RCVS Veterinary Specialists and Advanced Practitioners to provide paid specialist telemedicine advice either directly or through a service agreement with Pawz Ltd to members of the general public and to veterinary surgeons in independent, charity-based or corporate practices.

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives

  • Veterinary Dermatological/Virtual Vet Derms - major shareholder


  • Vetruus Animal Health - Veterinary Dermatology Consultant
  • Elanco Animal Health
  • Nextmune

Appointments to other bodies

Trustee, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home (October 2020)

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • Association of Charity Vets - Member
  • BVA - Member
  • BSAVA - Member
  • BSAVA - Past President and member of BSAVA Council
  • BSAVA Volunteer Development Committee - Member
  • British Dermatology Study Group - Member
  • European College of Veterinary Dermatology - Member
  • European Society of Veterinary Dermatology - Past President
  • World Association of Veterinary Dermatology (WAVD) - President
  • Chair of Education Subcommittee
  • WCVD Boston Organising Committee
  • UK Health Alliance for Climate Change - Member (as RCVS Council lead for sustainability)


Previous employment has been at the PDSA in Manchester, a large animal practice in Devon and a private referral practice at the Animal Medical Centre in Manchester. Last 12 years has been at Rutland House Veterinary Hospital in St Helens. 

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)


Interests relating to immediate family or close friends


Other relevant information

Hospitality from drug companies and payment for lecturing and writing over the last 5 years for Elanco, Dechra, Vetruus, Royal Cannin, Zoetis, CEVA, ICF