Lluis Ferrer - DVM, DECVD, PhD

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.


  • 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
  1. Zewe, C.M., Altet, L., Lam, A.T.H., Ferrer, L. 2017. Afoxolaner and fluralaner treatment do not impact on cutaneous Demodex populations of healthy dogs. Veterinary Dermatology.
  2. Miró, G., Petersen, C., Cardoso, L., Bourdeau, P., Baneth, G., Solano-Gallego, L., Pennisi, M.G., Ferrer, L., Oliva, G. 2017. Novel Areas for Prevention and Control of Canine Leishmaniosis. Trends in Parasitology.
  3. Solano-Gallego, L., Cardoso, L., Pennisi, M.G., Petersen, C., Bourdeau, P., Oliva, G., Miró, G., Ferrer, L., Baneth, G. 2017. Diagnostic Challenges in the Era of Canine Leishmania infantum Vaccines. Trends in Parasitology.
  4. Casanova, M.I., Lange, C.E., Martorell, J., Burballa, A., Ferrer, L., Ramis, A. 2017. Cutaneous and Gastric Papillomatosis in a Pet Siberian Hamster (Phodopus sungorus). Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine.
  5. Segarra, S., Miró, G., Montoya, A., Pardo-Marín, L., Boqué, N., Ferrer, L., Cerón, J. 2017. Randomized, allopurinol-controlled trial of the effects of dietary nucleotides and active hexose correlated compound in the treatment of canine leishmaniosis. Veterinary Parasitology.
  6. Falk, E.F., Lam, A.T.H., Barber, L.G., Ferrer, L. 2017. Clinical characteristics of doxorubicin-associated alopecia in 28 dogs. Veterinary Dermatology.
  7. De Lucia, M., Bardagi, M., Fabbri, E., Ferreira, D., Ferrer, L., Scarampella, F., Zanna, G., Fondati, A. 2017. Rifampicin treatment of canine pyoderma due to multidrug-resistant meticillin-resistant staphylococci: a retrospective study of 32 cases. Veterinary Dermatology.
  8. Ferrer, L., Kimbrel, E.A., Lam, A., Falk, E.B., Zewe, C., Juopperi, T., Lanza, R., Hoffman, A. 2016. Treatment of perianal fistulas with human embryonic stem cell-derived mesenchymal stem cells: A canine model of human fistulizing Crohn's disease. Regenerative Medicine.
  9. Víctor Acero, P., Perla Ángel, B., Esther Fonseca, B., Ferrer, L., Roura, X. 2015. Canine Leishmaniosis: Tools for diagnosis in veterinary practice in Colombia | Leishmaniosis canina: herramientas para el diagnóstico en la consulta veterinaria en Colombia. Revista MVZ Cordoba.
  10. Ravera, I., Ferreira, D., Gallego, L.S., Bardagí, M., Ferrer, L. 2015. Serum detection of IgG antibodies against Demodex canis by western blot in healthy dogs and dogs with juvenile generalized demodicosis. Research in Veterinary Science.
  11. Ferreira, D., Sastre, N., Ravera, I., Altet, L., Francino, O., Bardagí, M., Ferrer, L. 2015. Identification of a third feline Demodex species through partial sequencing of the 16S rDNA and frequency of Demodex species in 74 cats using a PCR assay. Veterinary Dermatology.
  12. Sabaté, D., Llinás, J., Homedes, J., Sust, M., Ferrer, L. 2014. 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. Preventive Veterinary Medicine.
  13. Ferrer, L., Ravera, I., Silbermayr, K. 2014. Immunology and pathogenesis of canine demodicosis. Veterinary Dermatology.
  14. Isidoro-Ayza, M., Lloret, A., Bardagí, M., Ferrer, L., Martínez, J. 2014. Superficial Necrolytic Dermatitis in a Dog With an Insulin-Producing Pancreatic Islet Cell Carcinoma. Veterinary Pathology.
  15. Silbermayr, K., Horvath-Ungerboeck, C., Eigner, B., Joachim, A., Ferrer, L. 2014. Phylogenetic relationships and new genetic tools for the detection and discrimination of the three feline Demodex mites. Parasitology Research.
  16. Castro López, J., Lloret, A., Ravera, I., Nadal, A., Ferrer, L., Bardagí, M. 2014. Pyogranulomatous mural folliculitis in a cat treated with methimazole. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.
  17. Sastre, N., Ravera, I., Ferreira, D., Altet, L., Sánchez, A., Bardagí, M., Francino, O., Ferrer, L. 2013. Development of a PCR technique specific for Demodex injai in biological specimens. Parasitology Research.
  18. Silbermayr, K., Joachim, A., Litschauer, B., Panakova, L., Sastre, N., Ferrer, L., Horvath-Ungerboeck, C. 2013. The first case of Demodex gatoi in Austria, detected with fecal flotation. Parasitology Research.
  19. 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. 2013. Aspergillosis in Cats: ABCD guidelines on prevention and management. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.
  20. 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. 2013. Cryptococcosis in cats: ABCD guidelines on prevention and management. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

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


  • 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.