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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 - 2026

Committee membership

  • Officer Team (President)
  • Advancement of the Professions Committee 
  • Education Committee 
  • Finance and Resources Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Registration Committee
  • Standards Committee
  • Council Culture Working Group
  • Science Advisory Panel
  • Limited Licensure and Reasonable Adjustment Working Party
  • RCVS Knowledge Board of Trustees
  • Vet Futures Project Board
  • VetGDP Subcommittee
  • Post-nominals Subcommittee
  • Routine Vet Practice Subcommittee 
  • Hardwick Street Refurbishment Group

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 as general advice to members of the public or as specific advice to veterinary professions to help in the clinical management of their patients. 

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives

  • Veterinary Dermatological/Virtual Vet Derms - major shareholder


  • Cotego Animal Health
  • Ceva UK
  • Nextmune Animal Health (including Nextmune UK and BOVA UK) Veterinary Dermatology Consultant

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. 

  • Visiting Lecturer at University of Central Lancashire and University of Aberystwyth

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