International Conference on
Veterinary Science

August 28-30, 2023 | Online Event
VET 2023

Lowell Ackerman

Lowell Ackerman, Speaker at Veterinary Science Conferences
American College of Veterinary Dermatology, Canada
Title : Topical therapy as a way of minimizing the use of systemic antibiotics for canine Pyoderma


Canine pyoderma is a common entity seen in small animal veterinary practice, and despite the fact that it rarely occurs as a primary event caused by pathogenic bacteria, historically the treatment approach has been to rely on systemic antibiotic therapy, often for several weeks. In addition, even when canine pyoderma clears entirely with a regimen of systemic antibiotics, it often recurs, and this recurrence is also often treated with antibiotics. Given the current desire to demonstrate responsible antibiotic stewardship, and the real risk of microbial resistance from routine antibiotic use, better approaches are needed. Canine pyoderma is often classified according to the depth of microbial penetration, the species of microorganisms involved, and any underlying causes. The vast majority are caused by overgrowth of commensal, mildly pathogenic bacteria, predominantly Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, which are superficial to intermediate in penetration of skin layers, and very often are secondary to underlying conditions. In these instances, the appropriate use of specific topical therapies is not only indicated but preferred and can greatly lessen the need for systemic antibiotics. Determining and addressing the underlying cause that ultimately perpetuates the superficial overgrowth of microbes is in the best interest of all concerned and helps make topical therapy a prudent and practical option.


Dr. Ackerman received his veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College (Canada), and board certification from the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. In addition to his veterinary credentials, Dr. Ackerman holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix, a Certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration from Purdue University, and he is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) through the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). He has extensive experience within the profession, with prior involvement in industry, private practice, academia, writing, and lecturing. He has authored or co-authored several books (including Five-Minute Veterinary Practice Management Consult, Pet-Specific Care for the Veterinary Team, Proactive Pet Parenting, Almost Perfect Pets, Problem Free Pets, Behavior Problems of the Dog & Cat, and Atlas of Small Animal Dermatology), and has lectured extensively on a global basis, on topics in both medicine and management.