24 October 08:30 - 17:00Langelinie Pavillonen - CPH

Welcome to Ceva Derma Day

We just have to do this again! In 2017 we arranged the first Ceva Derma Day. A journey to the Great Skin Barrier Reef with Prof. Aline Rodrigues Hoffmann, bringing new knowledge about the microbiome and the Cutaneous Ecosystem. 

Diving deep into the mysteries of CAD

This year we are diving deep into the mysteries of Canine Atopic Dermatitis (CAD), together with Dr. Tim Nuttall as the key speaker of the day.

CAD is common, lifelong and often difficult to manage. Fortunately better research and knowledge about the underlying causes has led to new approaches and treatment options. It is a challenge to stay updated. Tim will introduce best praxis and guide us through the latest discoveries within this field.

Join us as we depart on this year's explorations and get the latest update from leading experts and your fellow Nordic specialists.

Nordic Fall Meeting

As proud sponsor we also invite you to the Nordic Fall Meeting of DVEN and Skinnklubben.

This new innovative collaboration between the nordic national associations for dermatology is held the day after Ceva Derma Day - on October 25th. Preliminary schedule 9:00-16:00.

All you need to know

Date: Thursday October 24th 2019, 8:30-17:00.
Langelinie Pavillonen in Copenhagen.

Registration: Buy your ticket via the button below. Deadline for registration is October 11th 2019.

Ticket price: 1395 DKK excl. VAT.

Ticket includes: Participation in Ceva Derma Day, networking AW and the manual Cytology in Practice (see description below). 

Exclusively for members of DVEN and Skinnklubben the ticket also includes participation in the Nordic Fall Meeting the following day on Friday October 25th and participant dinner on Thursday October 24th. Sign up for these when you buy your Ceva Derma Day ticket.

Suggested accommodation: Babette Guldsmeden, Admiral HotelHotel Østerport.

Email our coordinator Luisa:


Goodies for you!

Cytology in practice is the perfect size manual to have beside the microscope in your lab room. This tool has been developed in cooperation with Dr Tim Nuttal; our keynote speaker at Ceva Derma Day. 

In addition to the part with slides interpretation the book also brings a lot of other useful information for your daily cytology work. For example a part with common mistakes and pitfalls and appendices describing fixing and staining methods as well as microscope settings.

As participant in Ceva Derma Day 2019 you will get your own copy of this book to bring home to your clinic.


Welcome and registration


Keynote Speaker: Tim Nuttall, part 1

Coffee break

Keynote Speaker: Tim Nuttall, part 2

The Journey of Safe Skincare Solutions


Panel Discussion with all speakers

Introducing the afternoon talks

The afternoon offer you two tracks of talks to choose from. You will get a separate invitation to choose your track closer to the event.

Track 1: Specialist track for vets only (in English)
Track 2:
General practitioner track for vets and nurses (in English and Swedish/Danish) 

Afternoon talks - session 1

Track 1: Cytology Quiz (Tim Nuttall)

Track 2: Benefits of Immunotherapy. Basic, in English (Susanne Åhman)

Afternoon talks - session 2

Track 1: Atopic Challenges (Mette Schjærff)

Track 2: Allergens for immunotherapy: interpretation of test results. Basic, in English (Kristian Pedersen)

Afternoon talks - session 3

Track 1: Benefits of Immunotherapy, advanced (Susanne Åhman)

Track 2 - in Swedish: The Heart of Compliance (Anna-Lena Westman)

Track 2 - in Danish: Responsible Treatment In Everyday Cases (Mette Schjærff)

Summary and Conclusions

Afterwork Networking


For participants joining the Nordic Fall Meeting the following day


Trine Grönlund
Moderator and energizer


Trine was highly appreciated as the moderator of the first Ceva Derma Days, held in Stockholm and Copenhagen 2017. We are very happy to work with her again as we dive even deeper into the mystery of the skin barrier this time.

Trine Grönlund

She is known to be a charismatic, educated and engaged moderator with the ability to make anyone feel at ease on stage. Trine has facilitated a sea of corporate and public events on both sides of Øresund.

Trine is a professional slow activist and energizer working for leading companies in all of the Nordic countries. When not on the road she takes long walks on the beach with her dog Bella to reflect and recharge

Read more: Trine’s web site

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Dr. Tim Nuttall
Head of Dermatology, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh

Diving deep into the mystery of CAD

Canine atopic dermatitis is very similar to eczema in humans. It is a complex condition that involves a poor skin barrier, abnormal skin inflammation, allergies to environmental and/or food allergens, and a dysbiosis of the cutaneous microbiome. 

Atopic dermatitis is a lifelong disease that requires ongoing management. Regular proactive therapy to maintain remission is required to avoid flares and the march towards chronic inflammation. Chronic end stage disease is much harder to control and the changes may be irreversible. 

Multimodal therapy to address the different triggers in each dog is more successful that relying on single agents. There is now a wide variety of different treatment options for canine atopic dermatitis. However, treatment is highly individual as dogs vary in their presentation, triggers, stage of disease, tolerance and efficacy. This lecture will discuss the indications, advantages and disadvantages of different therapeutic options that must be considered when planning treatment.  

Cytology in practice (workshop track 1)

Cytology techniques are relatively simple, minimally invasive and cost-effective. It can be very helpful in achieving a diagnosis or guiding the next steps in an investigation. Cytology is particularly important in antimicrobial stewardship, where it offers a rapid, patient-side confirmation of bacterial infection. In many cases, moreover, cytology can give a good indication of the bacteria involved in the infection. This facilitates rational antibiotic choices. 

This quiz will be a light-hearted way to explore the cytology of infectious, inflammatory, neoplastic and other skin lesions. Along the way, we’ll learn about different techniques and using an algorithmic approach to diagnosis.

Dr. Tim Nuttall

Tim has over 20 years of experience in research, clinical trials and managing CAD. He is a member of the international Committee in Allergic Diseases in Animals (ICADA), and has worked on their CAD position papers and treatment guidelines.

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Susanne Åhman
Leg DVM. Diplomate • Specialist within Dermatology, VetaDerm Veterinary Clinic

Benefits of Immunotherapy

Atopical dermatitis is a common cause of long-term or reoccuring itching in dogs. Allergen specific immunotherapy is the only treatment that really affects the development of the disease and as such it should be considered as a possibility for many atopics. 

Allergen specific immunotherapy is a well tested treatment method with more than 100 years of clinical experience. But how does it exactly work? In this session we will discuss the mode of action, different types of immunotherapy, selection of allergen and so much more! Join Susanne in this inspiring talk - a mix of the theory behind and the clinical handcraft - providing you with answers on how your atopical dog-patients benefits of immunotherapy!

Susanne Åhman

Veterinary Susanne Åhman has worked as a dermatological specialist for more than 20 years. Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Dermatology specialised in Dermatology and Otology. She runs the VetaDerm Veterinary Clinic based in Lomma, Southern Sweden.

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Mette Schjærff
DVM • PhD • Assistant Professor in Dermatology, University of Copenhagen

Responsible Treatment In Everyday Cases

Anti-microbial resistance is a growing problem and as veterinarians, we carry a responsibility in lowering such risk. Canine pyodermas are a frequent encounter in the clinic, including bacterial (especially staphylococcus spp.) infections. But how do we determine the choice of systemic antibiotics versus topical antiseptics for pyodermas and how do we make sure this is in line with owner compliance? This workshop will focus on everyday cases where we face the need to make choices for sensible antimicrobial treatments. 

Atopic Challenges (workshop track 1)

Atopic dermatitis in the dog is a common debilitating disease complex, which often demands a strong need to control itch and relieve our patients from the discomfort of a pruritic skin. Although we are able to manage many of our atopic patients well, we have all met cases, where the itch has been challenging to keep under control or multiple underlying diseases have complicated the treatment outcome. This advanced workshop will address of some of the more challenging cases of canine atopic dermatitis, and suggestions on how to proceed to achieve the best outcome possible for these cases.

Mette Schjærff

Mette Schjærff is a DVM and small animal dermatologist working as an Assistant Professor and chief responsible for Dermatology Service at the University Hospital for Companion Animals, Copenhagen, Denmark (UCPH). Mette holds a certificate in veterinary dermatology (CertVD) through RCVS, London, and has a PhD in canine skin immunology through collaboration with UC Davis, USA. She is responsible for dermatology teaching of veterinary students, both through lectures and clinical rotations, and has given a number of lectures, webinars and courses for practitioners throughout the years.

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Kristian Pedersen
DVM • CEO Vet Allergy

How to Interpret IgE Results?

Kristian graduated as a veterinarian from KVL 1982 and has since then worked 24 years in specialized small animal practices with dermatology as the primary work area. Throughout the years he has been a very active speaker througout Denmark. 

Due to allergy to dogs, cats and other fur animals Kristian stopped in practice in 2007 and started the Vet-Allergy laboratory which works exclusively with the Heska ALLERCEPT® test and dermatological advice. In addition to work in practice, he has for many years served as a course and congress organizer within the field of dermatology.

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Anna-Lena Westman
Certified Animal Nurse • Special interest within Dermatology

The heart of compliance

When helping patients with dermatological issues it is essential that the owner follows our guidelines for the treatment to succeed. This is the heart of compliance. In this workshop Anna-Lena shares both her long experience as well as her enthusiasm for interaction with pet owners. 

What can we (as nurses/technicians) do to promote better compliance - and why should we? Which tools do we have at our disposal? Are there new digital tools that can be used? We will discuss these questions and more together in this interactive session.

Anna-Lena Westman

Anna-Lena has more than 20 years of experience as a certified veterinary nurse. For 17 of these years she has worked at Blå Stjärnans Djursjukhus in Gothenburg where she is part of a dermatology team with two veterinarians and three certified nurses. 

In spring 2018 she began her certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) specializing in dermatology. In addition to dermatology, Anna-Lena is also interested in diabetes and she also works as part of the clinic’s diabetes team.

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