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

She is actively involved in BSAVA and is currently the 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 - 2022


Committee membership

  • Education Committee
  • Recognised Veterinary Practice

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 (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 telemedicine advice to members of the general public and veterinary surgeons in primary care practice.


  • Veterinary Dermatological/Virtual Vet Derms - major shareholder


  • Vetruus Animal Health - Veterinary Dermatology Consultant
  • Dechra Pharma
  • Elanco Animal Health
  • Klox Technologies - Fluorescence biomodulation company

Appointments to other bodies

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • BVA - Member
  • BSAVA - Vice President and member of BSAVA Council
  • Member of BSAVA Advisory and Management Committee
  • Member of BSAVA Audit and Risk Committee
  • Member of Member Development Committe
  • British Dermatology Study Group - Member
  • European College of Veterinary Dermatology - Member
  • European Society of Veterinary Dermatology - Senior Vice President
  • World Association of Veterinary Dermatology (WAVD)
  • Member of Board
  • Chair of Education Subcommittee


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