The AAVD was founded in 1964 to further scientific progress in veterinary and comparative dermatology. The mission of the AAVD is to promote the field of veterinary dermatology – in education, research and professional veterinary practice.
The AAVD achieves this by coordinating and funding research in veterinary dermatology and providing an exclusive organization for individuals who devote professional activity to research, teaching and the practice of skin diseases of animals. The AAVD furthers education in dermatology by co-organizing the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum (NAVDF), an annual scientific and continuing education meeting, and supports the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology, an international meeting held every 4 years. In addition, the AAVD supports the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians (ADVT) and offers an annual scholarship to veterinary students, in North American veterinary schools, who excel in their senior year clinical rotation in veterinary dermatology. The AAVD publishes the Derm Dialogue, a bi-annual newsletter available to all members, containing the popular roundtable summaries from the NAVDF.
Current members of the AAVD also recognize outstanding achievements and dedicated service to the veterinary profession and specialty of veterinary dermatology with the annual Frank Král Award for Achievements in Veterinary Dermatology.
The AAVD membership represents a broad range of individuals including board certified veterinary dermatologists, residents, interns, dermatopathologists, general practitioners, technicians and students. Members may be involved in government, industry, academia and private specialty practice. Membership is open to all veterinarians, with affiliate membership available to technicians and students who have a strong interest in veterinary dermatology.