Case Study Competition

Over the past 3 months, Dermcare has asked Australian vets to submit case studies on patients with Cushing’s or Addison’s disease. We were delighted to receive such a high number of entries and thank every vet who took the time to prepare their cases for submission. It provides us with excellent feedback on our products and our technical support service. Additionally, the owners’ comments on the improved quality of life for their pets reminds us of why we work in this profession!

Once again, we have been impressed but not surprised to find that vets are doing an excellent job in diagnosing and managing these often difficult diseases in practice, and we are proud to supply effective and safe products to help them do so.

We received some really interesting cases, including Cushing’s myotonia, severe calcinosis cutis, a failure to respond to compounded medication, Addison’s disease secondary to Trichuris vulpis (whipworm) infestation, hyperadrenocorticism in a cat and many dogs with both Cushing’s disease and concurrent illnesses.

It was a near impossible task to select the winner, as all cases were of such a high standard. However, the winning case study provided a clear overview of presenting signs, a thorough and logical approach to diagnosis and a treatment plan that had a successful outcome for the dog, despite the presence of additional diseases.

As Dermcare supports continuing education and best practice, we are pleased to provide the winning vet with the opportunity to attend the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Congress in the Netherlands in September.


The winning vet is:

Dr Claire Micklethwaite of Furkids Greenbank, QLD, with her case study on “Chester”.



We also have a runner up, who will receive a $500 voucher to use towards a continuing education opportunity, and this prize goes to:

Dr Barbara Jameson of Vets @ Acacia Gardens, with her case study “Management of Pituitary-Dependent Hyperadrenocorticism with Trilostane (Vetoryl) in a Cat”.



Our highly commended cases, who will each receive a $100 voucher and a prize pack for their patient, are:

Dr Louise Roberts of Richmond Veterinary Clinic
“Winnie, the dog who hated intramuscular injections”

Dr Rachel Nightingale of Ulladulla Veterinary Hospital
“Diagnosis and management of hypoadrenocorticism in a whippet”

Dr Justin Ward of Reedy Creek Veterinary Surgery
“Rufus: A challenging case of canine hyperadrenocorticism”

Dr Anna McInerney of Johnston Street Veterinary Clinic
“Gizmo: a Cushing’s Case with Concurrent Conditions”

Dr Kate Phillips of Bayswater Greencross
“Zycortal in the nick of time: a case study on the treatment of hypoadrenocorticism in a mixed breed dog”

Dr Jesse Standage-Wardle of Windaroo Animal Hospital
“Muzzah – case study of a new patient diagnosed with hypoadrenocorticism”

Dr Danielle Wille of Northern Districts Veterinary Hospital
“The Great Pretender: Canine hypoadrenocorticism”

Dr Louise Pierce of Toorak Road Veterinary Clinic
“Hypoadrenocorticism in a Hungarian Visla complicated with atopic dermatitis, musculoskeletal and skin trauma and generalised anxiety”

Dr Matthew Retchford of Croydon Veterinary Clinic
“Link: Cushing’s Myotonia”

Dr Anneke Van Dyk of Bexley Veterinary Hospital
“Zycortal Case Study”


After reading well over 100,000 words for these case studies, we are more than confident that Australian pets are in good hands! We wish we could award every single entry with a prize, as they were all so well done. Congratulations to our winners, and pats and hugs to all the patients as well!

The Dermcare Team

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