Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Lluis Ferrer


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. Ravera I, Altet L, Francino O, Sanchez A, Roldan W, Villanueva S, Bardagi M, Ferrer L. Small Demodex populations colonize most parts of the skin of healthy dogs. Veterinary Dermatology Feb 24 (1): 168-72.e37. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3164.2012.01099.x (2013).
  2. Sastre NRavera IVillanueva SAltet LBardagí MSánchez A,Francino OFerrer L. Phylogenetic relationships in three species of canine Demodex mite based on partial sequences of mitochondrial 16S rDNA. Veterinary  Dermatology Dec 23(6):509-e101. doi: 10.1111/vde.12001. (2012).
  3. Quílez J, Martínez V, Woolliams J, Sánchez A, Pong-Wong R, Kennedy L, Quinnell R, Ollier W, Roura X, Ferrer L, Altet L, Francino O. Genetic control of canine leishmaniosis: genome-wide association study and genomic selection analysis. PLoSOne, Epublication (2012).
  4. Bardagí M, Fondevila D, Ferrer L. Cyclooxigenase-2 is not expressed by canine cutaneous epitheliotropic lymphoma. Veterinary Dermatology doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3164.2012.01066.x (2012).
  5. Mueller R, Bensignor E, Ferrer L, Holm B, Lemarie S, Paradis M, Shipstone MA. Treatment of demodicosis in dogs: 2011 clinical practice guidelines.Veterinary Dermatology 23, 86-96 (2012).
  6. Zanna G, Fondevila D, Ferrer L, Espada Y. Evaluation of ultrasonography for measurement of skin thickness in Shar-Peis. American Journal of Veterinary Research 73, 220-6 (2012).
  7. Docampo MJ, Zanna G, Fondevila D, Cabrera J, López-Iglesias C, Carvalho A, Cerrato S, Ferrer , Bassols A. Increased HAS2-driven hyaluronic acid synthesis in shar-pei dogs with hereditary cutaneous hyaluronosis (mucinosis). Veterinary Dermatology 22, 535-45 (2011).
  8. Bardagi M, Fondevila D, Ferrer L. Immunohistochemical Detection of COX-2 in Feline and Canine Actinic Keratoses and Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Article in press. Journal of Comparative Pathology 146, 11-7 (2011).
  9. Solano-Gallego L, Miró G, Koutinas A, Cardoso L, Pennisi M, Ferrer L, Bourdeau P, Oliva G, Baneth G. LeishVet guidelines for the practical management of canine leishmaniosis. Parasites and Vectors 4, 1-16 (2011).
  10. Olsson M, Meadows J, Truvé K, Pielberg R, Puppo Mauceli E, Quilez J, Tonomura T, Zanna G, Docampo MJ, Bassols A, Avery A, Karlsson EK, Thomas A, Kastner D, Bongcam-Rudloff E, Webster MT, Sanchez A, Hedhammar A, Remmers E, Andersson L, Ferrer L, Tintle L, Lindblad-Toh K. A Novel Unstable Duplication Upstream of HAS2 Predisposes to a Breed-Defining Skin Phenotype and a Periodic Fever Syndrome in Chinese Shar-Pei Dogs. PLoS Genetics 7, p.1001332 (2011).
  11. Bardagi M, Montoliu P, Ferrer L, Fondevila D, Pumarola M. Acral Mutilation Syndrome in a Miniature Pinscher. Journal of Comparative Pathology144: 235-8 (2011).
  12. Ravera I, Altet L, Francino O, Bardagí M, Sánchez A, Ferrer L. Development of a real-time PCR to detect Demodex canis DNA in different tissue samples. Parasitology Research 108: 305-8 (2011).
  13. Torres M, Bardagí M, Roura X, Zanna G, Ravera I, Ferrer L. Long-term follow-up of dogs diagnosed with leishmaniosis (clinical stage II) and treated with meglumine antimoniate and allopurinol. The Veterinary Journal 188: 346-51 (2011).

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.