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Animal Dermatology Clinic is the largest group of veterinary dermatologists in the world and is pleased to offer comprehensive dermatology services at Hope Advanced Veterinary Center – Rockville. Through a rigorous training program and board certification exam, veterinary dermatologists are specially trained to recognize hundreds of different types of skin and ear problems and aid in directing the right diagnostic and treatment plan. Established in 1980 Animal Dermatology Clinic has grown to a group of 24 board certified veterinary dermatologists with 10 residents and associates located across the US and in Australia. Our doctors are actively involved with research and advancement in their field. We continually strive to develop and refine innovative diagnostic tests, therapies and techniques.

Department Contact Information

Phone: 770-422-2509
Fax: 770-422-8750

What is a veterinary dermatologist?

Board certification in veterinary dermatology requires a doctorate in veterinary medicine and a three-year residency program. Following completion of the residency program, a rigorous board certification examination is taken. After successful completion of these requirements, a veterinarian becomes a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. There are a fewer than 300 boarded veterinary dermatologists in the United States.

There are hundreds of different skin diseases currently recognized in companion animals. Many of these diseases look alike, with only subtle differences in clinical presentation and historical background. As specialists, our doctors are trained to recognize these differences and pursue an appropriate diagnostic and treatment plan. As an extension of your pet’s primary veterinarian’ care, we work closely with his or her office, providing regular feedback on all of our recommendations and treatment plans.


As leaders in the veterinary dermatology community, Animal Dermatology Clinic strives to provide the most advanced specialty care available. Our doctors and clinics are internationally recognized as being among the best that veterinary dermatology has to offer.

  • We specialize in diagnosing and treating:
    • Allergic skin disease
    • Bacterial and fungal skin and ear infections
    • Immune-mediated skin diseases
    • Hormonal skin diseases (endocrinopathies)
    • Nail and nail bed diseases
    • Skin manifestations of internal disease
  • Our practice utilizes the latest in available technology and offers services including:
    • Intradermal allergy testing
    • Serum allergy testing
    • Allergen specific immunotherapy
    • Sublingual immunotherapy
    • In-house biopsy services
    • In-house cytology

Dermatology Veterinarians

  • Joel Griffies, DVM, DACVD-Dermatology

    Dr. Joel Griffies is a 1992 graduate of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation he worked in a mixed large/small animal practice and small animal emergency practice in Georgia. In 1994 he opened a small animal practice in Lawrenceville, GA where he worked for 5 years before pursuing his dermatology career. In 1999 he relocated to southern California to begin a residency with Animal Dermatology Clinic. Dr. Griffies completed his residency in 2001 and became a shareholder of Animal Dermatology Clinic shortly thereafter. Dr. Griffies is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) and co-owner of Animal Dermatology Clinics of Tustin, Marina del Rey, Pasadena and Upland, CA, Marietta, GA, Louisville, KY and Indianapolis, IN. He is also a member of the executive board for Animal Dermatology Clinic Management Group.

    Dr. Griffies is married, has 2 children and a high energy Border terrier named Grady to keep him busy.

  • Chris Reeder, DVM, DACVD-Dermatology

    Dr. Reeder, a native of Louisville, Kentucky graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and completed his residency with Animal Dermatology Clinic in 2008. After becoming a boarded Diplomate that same year, he became a shareholder and co-owner of Animal Dermatology Clinic Louisville and Animal Dermatology Clinic Indianapolis. With over 8 years of Dermatology experience we are excited to add Dr. Chris Reeder, DACVD to the Rockville, MD roster.

Hospital Location: 1 Taft Ct
Rockville, MD 20850
Contact Numbers: Tel (301) 637-3228
Fax (301) 795-0145

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