Dr. Hubbard is a board-certified veterinary dermatologist. She received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Tuskegee University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She also completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Indianapolis Veterinary Specialist and Animal Emergency Center in Indianapolis and a three-year veterinary dermatology residency at the Atlanta Veterinary Skin and Allergy Clinic in Atlanta, GA, with adjunct training at the University of Georgia. Dr. Hubbard sees patients at her privately owned, referral-based, veterinary dermatology practice, the Alabama Veterinary Allergy and Dermatology Service in Homewood, AL. She also operates a satellite veterinary dermatology practice in Huntsville, AL, at the Animal Emergency Clinic of North Alabama. She was one of my professors for my Small Animal Diseases course last semester and she has become such as an inspiration for me and my classmates. For that, I asked her a few questions about her journey in veterinary medicine.
Question: Why did you decide to go into veterinary medicine?
Dr. Hubbard: I knew that I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a little girl. I grew up with cats and dogs in my household and it was my job to play doctor with them. It was the loyalty my animals showed to me and the way they protected me as a girl, that let me know that it was my responsibility to protect them as well.
Question: How did you decide to go into veterinary dermatology medicine?
Dr. Hubbard: I started working in a veterinary clinic in high school as part of my work-study program. That experience exposed me to the many facets of veterinary medicine, which further sparked my interest in becoming a veterinarian.
Question: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Dr. Hubbard: As a veterinarian that specializes in veterinary dermatology, the most rewarding part of my job is seeing my patients improve because of the therapy I have prescribed for their skin disease. It is also rewarding to see my clients get a sense of relief because their pets are no longer suffering.
Question: What is the most common dermatology condition you treat in pets?
Dr. Hubbard: The most common dermatology conditions I treat in my practice are secondary skin infections such as pyoderma and malassezia dermatitis. I also treat a significant amount of allergic diseases such as atopy, food allergy, and flea allergy.
Question: Do you have any tips to improve a pet’s skin health care during the summer season?
Dr. Hubbard: I would encourage pet owners to make sure that their pets are on flea control year-round. There is the possibility their pets my have flea allergies and if they are not on a veterinary recommended flea preventative it could result in a skin flare-up. I would also encourage pet owners to bathe their pets in a medicated shampoo once a week if they have a skin condition.
Question: Lastly, what would you advise to all students interested in becoming a veterinary dermatologist?
Dr. Hubbard: I would encourage all students interested in veterinary dermatology to spend as much time with a veterinary dermatologist as possible during their veterinary school tenure. It will help them acquire the skills, techniques, and experiences needed in order to acquire an internship, residency and to be a successful veterinary dermatologist.