Mark Craig qualified as a vet from Liverpool University in 1985 and is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the British Veterinary Association, the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology, the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group, and the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society. Mark is registered on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons list of Advanced Veterinary Practitioners for Small Animal Dermatology.
After 5 years in general veterinary practice, Mark spent over three years (1990 - 1993) as a Dermatology Resident at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in South Mimms, Hertfordshire, where he gained his Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology. While working at the RVC, Mark treated many cats, dogs and horses referred with problem skin disorders, along with the occasional cow, sheep, pig, llama, coatimundi, rhino and hippo! Since leaving the RVC in 1993, Mark has built up Re-Fur-All Referrals, a veterinary dermatology referral service in the south of England, the midlands and Wales.
Mark has written and lectured extensively on animal skin diseases. He is the author of over 200 articles in peer-reviewed veterinary journals, co-author of the book, Practical Equine Dermatology, and author of chapters in many other books including the BSAVA Manual of Small Animal Dermatology, A Practical Guide to Canine Dermatology, and The Equine Manual. He writes regularly for the journal, Vet CPD, is on the editorial board for the veterinary journal, Companion Animal, was dermatology and commissioning editor for UK Vet for nearly 20 years, between 1994 and 2013, and editor of the journal, Pedigree Dog Breeder, between 1999 and 2001. He has peer-reviewed articles for Veterinary Dermatology, Veterinary Medicine and Science, UK Vet, Companion Animal, In Practice, and Vet CPD. Mark has been the tutor for online Continual Professional Development (CPD) courses on Canine Atopic Dermatitis in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Mark has translated text books and dermatology articles from French to English, and presented papers at national and international veterinary dermatology congresses. His review 'Atopic Dermatitis and the Intestinal Microbiota in Humans and Dogs' has recently been published in the peer-reviewed, academic journal, Veterinary Medicine and Science.
Mark is particularly interested in skin allergies in dogs and cats, and other disorders of the immune system such as auto-immune skin diseases where the immune system starts to attack the patient’s own skin. Mark recognises the importance of adopting a functional, integrative approach to investigating skin disease, preferring, where possible, to avoid powerful drug therapies and their potentially harmful side-effects.
Mark is fascinated by the explosion of scientific research connecting the micro-organisms in our gut with our immune system and an enormous range of diseases. Mark is a member of the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society and currently exploring a potential role for natural, species-appropriate diets in helping to manage skin diseases in our pet animals.
I see patients in Banbury, Basingstoke, Bicester, Binfield, Epsom, Heath and Reach (Milton Keynes), Lichfield, Merthyr Tydfil, Oxford, Sutton Coldfield, Tadley and Windsor. The frequency of referral dermatology clinics varies typically between once a week and once a month.
Initial consultations usually last about an hour and a half. Subsequent consultations are scheduled for between 20 and 30 minutes, longer if intradermal allergy testing is performed. I look forward to meeting you and your pet!