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 British Small Animal Veterinary Association, the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology, the World Association for 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, Ultimate Horse Care, and The Equine Manual. Recent academic reviews include 'Food Intolerance in Dogs and Cats' (Journal of Small Animal Practice, 2019) and 'Atopic Dermatitis and the Intestinal Microbiota in Humans and Dogs' (Veterinary Medicine and Science, 2016).
Mark writes 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 was the tutor for online Continual Professional Development (CPD) courses on Canine Atopic Dermatitis in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
Mark is particularly interested in skin allergies in dogs, cats and horses, 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. He has performed intradermal allergy testing in over 2000 animals (cats, dogs and horses). Intradermal testing is widely regarded as the gold-standard allergy testing procedure. 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 animals.
I see patients in Banbury, Basingstoke, Bicester, Binfield, Epsom, Heath and Reach (Milton Keynes), Lichfield, Merthyr Tydfil, Oxford and Tadley. The frequency of referral dermatology clinics varies typically between once a week and once a month.
Online video consultations may also be arranged if suitable.
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!