AREC offers a specialist dermatology referral service in collaboration with Dermatology for Animals 

Dr John Hutt normally consults at our Broadmeadow hospital once a month – however, this is adjusted according to local demand. Ongoing consultation dates will be determined and communicated to local referring clinics, our Facebook page and our website.

**Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, and the fact that Dr Hutt travels from Qld to consult here in Newcastle, this service is now paused.**

Dermatology for Animals was established in Brisbane in 1999, to provide specialised patient care in dermatology in any species. For more information about Dermatology for Animals, please scroll to the end of the page.

Free Phone Advice (for Veterinarians)
Dermatology for Animals provides free, frank, full and fearless phone advice. Please call us and we will endeavour to talk to you immediately.  Alternatively, we’ll call you back as soon as we can. There is no cost for this service. Case advice is for Veterinarians only. It is not possible for us to give any advice to clients prior to a consultation.

Dr John’s visits to Newcastle;


For enquries, bookings or referrals, please contact DFA direct;

1300 275 468 (1300 A SKIN VET) or by emailing

Family pets can suffer from chronic skin, ear and nail disease. If you’re concerned about the quality of your pets life or a condition or disease has failed to respond to general treatment then we are here to help.

Veterinary dermatology complements the health care provided by your general practitioner with advanced qualifications and experience in identifying skin disorders, with specialised equipment, and the latest scientific information available.
We work with your family veterinarian to provide the best possible health care available. Dermatology referrals demonstrate that your family veterinarian is committed to providing you with all the options available to care for your pet. Reports are sent to your family veterinarian to ensure ongoing continuity of care.

We specialise in diagnosing and treating chronic and severe skin and ear disease, immune mediated and hormonal skin disease, nail and nail bed disease, skin manifestations of internal disease, allergic skin disease.

Common Symptoms:

  • Itchy skin and ears
  • Hair loss
  • Ear or skin infections
  • Hot spots or sores
  • Allergies (environmental, food, fleas)

Consultation Availability:

We are excited to announce the availability of Dermatology consultations here in Broadmeadow beginning Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th October, 2018.

More about Dermatology for Animals

Dermatology for Animals was started in 1998 in Brisbane by Dr Mike Shipstone. Over the past two decades the practice has grown year on year and we now have three specialist dermatologists on staff plus a dermatology intern, along with four dedicated dermatology nurses. As well as our core work with referral centres in south-east Queensland, Dermatology for Animals also runs regional clinics in north Queensland and Northern Territory, and is now expanding into New South Wales.

There are hundreds of different diseases recognised as affecting the skin of animals. Unfortunately, the skin can only react in a limited number of ways making many of these diseases appear very similar. Often there are only subtle differences in the clinical appearance, history or response to treatment allowing these diseases to be differentiated. Our dermatologists and veterinarians have all received advanced training in their field and are able to identify these differences and formulate the most direct and cost effective diagnostic investigations.

We remain current on new research and developments by attending conferences both internationally and in Australia, and are actively involved in research projects and have access to the world’s journals through our association with the University of Queensland. Whilst the majority of the practice is concerned with skin diseases in dogs and cats we also see equine, exotic and wildlife cases.