Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Lluis Ferrer

Dermatology

As a board-certified veterinary dermatologist, Dr. Lluis Ferrer is dedicated to the diagnosis and management of skin diseases in animals. The accurate diagnosis of a cutaneous disease frequently demands numerous microbiological, biochemical or immunological test (as the intradermal skin testing for allergies) that are performed routinely at the FHSA. Dr. Ferrer is also an expert in the microscopic evaluation of skin biopsies, one of the most effective diagnostic tools in dermatology. In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Ferrer teaches dermatology to third-year students and mentors fourth-year students in the Foster Hospital for Small Animals.

Growing up in the island of Majorca, in the Mediterranean, he received veterinary training at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) and at the Veterinary School of Hannover (Germany). In 1995 Dr. Ferrer obtained the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Dermatology and was actively involved in the development of the specialty in Europe, as member of the board of the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology and the European College of Veterinary Dermatology. At present time he is one of the co-editors of the reference journal of the specialty Veterinary Dermatology. Dr. Ferrer has developed in the last two decades several research lines oriented to get a better understanding and management of skin diseases as of animals, as leishmaniosis, demodicosis and atopic dermatitis. Attracted by the international atmosphere and the prestige of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, he joined the faculty in 2012.

He enjoys teaching, both at the undergraduate and the postgraduate level and specially likes the translation of the new scientific advances to the clinical veterinary medicine. 'I love the people that love animals' and working as a veterinarian I have the daily opportunity to help people to enjoy and strengthen the human-companion animal relationship.

Dr. Ferrer has an 11 years old Jack Russell Terrier ('Truc'). Literature, jazz and cooking traditional Mediterranean dishes are his main pastimes.

Education

  • Licenciado en Veterinaria (DVM), Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain - 1981
  • Master in Animal Pathology, Veterinary School of Hannover, Germany - 1983
  • PhD in Veterinary Science, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain - 1985

Board Certification

  • Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Dermatology - 1995

A single-centre, open-label, controlled, randomized clinical trial to assess the preventive efficacy of a domperidone-based treatment programme against clinical canine leishmaniasis in a high prevalence area

Author(s):Sabaté, D. | Llinás, J. | Homedes, J. | Sust, M. | Ferrer, L.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Preventive Veterinary Medicine

Immunology and pathogenesis of canine demodicosis

Author(s):Ferrer, L. | Ravera, I. | Silbermayr, K.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Dermatology

Superficial Necrolytic Dermatitis in a Dog With an Insulin-Producing Pancreatic Islet Cell Carcinoma

Author(s):Isidoro-Ayza, M. | Lloret, A. | Bardagí, M. | Ferrer, L. | Martínez, J.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Pathology

Pyogranulomatous mural folliculitis in a cat treated with methimazole

Author(s):Castro López, J. | Lloret, A. | Ravera, I. | Nadal, A. | Ferrer, L. | Bardagí, M.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery

Development of a PCR technique specific for Demodex injai in biological specimens

Author(s):Sastre, N. | Ravera, I. | Ferreira, D. | Altet, L. | Sánchez, A. | Bardagí, M. | Francino, O. | Ferrer, L.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Parasitology Research

The first case of Demodex gatoi in Austria, detected with fecal flotation

Author(s):Silbermayr, K. | Joachim, A. | Litschauer, B. | Panakova, L. | Sastre, N. | Ferrer, L. | Horvath-Ungerboeck, C.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Parasitology Research

Cryptococcosis in cats: ABCD guidelines on prevention and management

Author(s):Pennisi, M.G. | Hartmann, K. | Lloret, A. | Ferrer, L. | Addie, D. | Belák, S. | Boucraut-Baralon, C. | Egberink, H. | Frymus, T. | Gruffydd-Jones, T. | Hosie, M.J. | Lutz, H. | Marsilio, F. | Möstl, K. | Radford, A.D. | Thiry, E. | Truyen, U. | Horzinek, M.C.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery

Rare opportunistic mycoses in cats: Phaeohyphomycosis and hyalohyphomycosis: ABCD guidelines on prevention and management

Author(s):Lloret, A. | Hartmann, K. | Pennisi, M.G. | Ferrer, L. | Addie, D. | Belák, S. | Boucraut-Baralon, C. | Egberink, H. | Frymus, T. | Gruffydd-Jones, T. | Hosie, M.J. | Lutz, H. | Marsilio, F. | Möstl, K. | Radford, A.D. | Thiry, E. | Truyen, U. | Horzinek, M.C.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery

Sporotrichosis in cats: ABCD guidelines on prevention and management

Author(s):Lloret, A. | Hartmann, K. | Pennisi, M.G. | Ferrer, L. | Addie, D. | Belák, S. | Boucraut-Baralon, C. | Egberink, H. | Frymus, T. | Gruffydd-Jones, T. | Hosie, M.J. | Lutz, H. | Marsilio, F. | Möstl, K. | Radford, A.D. | Thiry, E. | Truyen, U. | Horzinek, M.C.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery

Aspergillosis in Cats: ABCD guidelines on prevention and management

Author(s):Hartmann, K. | Lloret, A. | Pennisi, M.G. | Ferrer, L. | Addie, D. | Belák, S. | Boucraut-Baralon, C. | Egberink, H. | Frymus, T. | Gruffydd-Jones, T. | Hosie, M.J. | Lutz, H. | Marsilio, F. | Möstl, K. | Radford, A.D. | Thiry, E. | Truyen, U. | Horzinek, M.C.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery

Rare systemic mycoses in cats: Blastomycosis, histoplasmosis and coccidioidomycosis: ABCD guidelines on prevention and management

Author(s):Lloret, A. | Hartmann, K. | Pennisi, M.G. | Ferrer, L. | Addie, D. | Belák, S. | Boucraut-Baralon, C. | Egberink, H. | Frymus, T. | Gruffydd-Jones, T. | Hosie, M.J. | Lutz, H. | Marsilio, F. | Möstl, K. | Radford, A.D. | Thiry, E. | Truyen, U. | Horzinek, M.C.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery

Small Demodex populations colonize most parts of the skin of healthy dogs

Author(s):Ravera, I. | Altet, L. | Francino, O. | Sánchez, A. | Roldán, W. | Villanueva, S. | Bardagí, M. | Ferrer, L.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Dermatology

Phylogenetic relationships in three species of canine Demodex mite based on partial sequences of mitochondrial 16S rDNA

Author(s):Sastre, N. | Ravera, I. | Villanueva, S. | Altet, L. | Bardagí, M. | Sánchez, A. | Francino, O. | Ferrer, L.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Dermatology

Cyclooxygenase-2 is not expressed by canine cutaneous epitheliotropic T-cell lymphoma

Author(s):Bardagí, M. | Fondevila, D. | Ferrer, L.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Dermatology

Genetic control of canine leishmaniasis: genome-wide association study and genomic selection analysis.

Author(s):Quilez, J. | Martínez, V. | Woolliams, J.A. | Sanchez, A. | Pong-Wong, R. | Kennedy, L.J. | Quinnell, R.J. | Ollier, W.E. | Roura, X. | Ferrer, L. | Altet, L. | Francino, O.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: PloS one

What teach us the best friend of the man? | Dermatología veterinaria: Lo que nos enseña el mejor amigo del hombre

Author(s):Ferrer, L.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Medicina Cutanea Ibero-Latino-Americana

Treatment of demodicosis in dogs: 2011 clinical practice guidelines

Author(s):Mueller, R.S. | Bensignor, E. | Ferrer, L. | Holm, B. | Lemarie, S. | Paradis, M. | Shipstone, M.A.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Dermatology

Vector-borne diseases - Constant challenge for practicing veterinarians: Recommendations from the CVBD World Forum

Author(s):Baneth, G. | Bourdeau, P. | Bourdoiseau, G. | Bowman, D. | Breitschwerdt, E. | Capelli, G. | Cardoso, L. | Dantas-Torres, F. | Day, M. | Dedet, J.-P. | Dobler, G. | Ferrer, L. | Irwin, P. | Kempf, V. | Kohn, B. | Lappin, M. | Little, S. | Maggi, R. | Mirá, G. | Naucke, T. | Oliva, G. | Otranto, D. | Penzhorn, B. | Pfeffer, M. | Roura, X. | Sainz, A. | Shaw, S. | Shin, S. | Solano-Gallego, L. | Straubinger, R. | Traub, R. | Trees, A. | Truyen, U. | Demonceau, T. | Fitzgerald, R. | Gatti, D. | Hostetler, J. | Kilmer, B. | Krieger, K. | Mencke, N. | Mendão, C. | Mottier, L. | Pachnicke, S. | Rees, B. | Siebert, S. | Stanneck, D. | Tarancán Mingote, M. | Von Simson, C. | Weston, S.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Parasites and Vectors

Use of the nitroblue tetrazolium reduction test for the evaluation of Domperidone effects on the neutrophilic function of healthy dogs

Author(s):Gómez-Ochoa, P. | Sabate, D. | Homedes, J. | Ferrer, L.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology

Evaluation of ultrasonography for measurement of skin thickness in Shar-Peis

Author(s):Zanna, G. | Fondevila, D. | Ferrer, L. | Espada, Y.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

General Research Interests

  • Canine demodicosis
  • Canine leishmaniosis
  • Hyaluronosis in Chinese Shar Peis and other genodermatosis
  • Innate immunity in the skin

Selected Research Projects

  • "Deconstructing demodicosis", sponsored by the ECVD-ESVD
  • "Copy number variation as a disease cause in shar pei mucinosis", Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology

Teaching

  • Clinical Dermatology

Research Interests by Area

Infectious Diseases: Genetics and Genomics
  • Dermatopathology, genetic susceptibility to disease, immune-mediated skin conditions, ectoparasites, demodicosis, leishmaniasis, cutaneous microbioma
Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Immune-mediated dermatitis, genetic susceptibility in dogs.