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 15 years.  She has recently been elected as a Fellow of the RCVS for meritorious contributions to clinical practice.

She is a Veterinary Director at Rutland House Veterinary Hospital in St Helens, which is part of the UK Vet Partners group.

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 the Senior Vice President of the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology.

She is actively involved in BSAVA and is currently the Junior Vice President of the Association.

Sue is a keep-fit fanatic, she runs, cycles and is a keen hockey player.


Council Member category

  • Elected: 2014 - 2018

Committee membership

  • Education Committee

Declaration of interests


  • Rutland House Veterinary Surgery ltd - Veterinary Director
  • Veterinary Dermatologicals - Veterinary Director
  • Virtual Vet Derms (subsidiary of Veterinary Dermatologists) - Veterinary Director


  • Veterinary Dermatological/Virtual Vet Derms - major shareholder


  • Vetruus Animal Health - Veterinary Dermatology Consultant

Appointments to other bodies

  • Junior Vice President BSAVA
  • Education Chair WAVD
  • Senior Vice President ESVD

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • BVA - Member
  • BSAVA - Junior Vice President
  • ECVD - Diplomat of College
  • ESVD - Senior Vice President
  • WAVD - Chair of Education


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