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Ramon M. Almela - DVM, PhD, DECVD

Ramon M. Almela
Small animal dermatology and veterinary allergology
Dermatology & Allergy

A veterinary dermatologist Dr. Ramón M. Almela is Assistant Professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Tufts University, where treats skin conditions in dogs, cats, horses, farm animals, and exotic species. Originally from Murcia, a sunny friendly town bathed by the Mediterranean see in southeast Spain. As a child, he enjoyed so much observing and so passionate interacting with all kind of animals, that became clear that in the future he will be a doctor to cure animals. As a story, in his childhood, while dreaming helping big cats in the African savanna, he used to perform CPR to the flies mom was trying to kill them.

After graduating and obtaining his PhD from veterinary school in the University of Murcia (Spain), he worked for several years in private practice before coming back to the University of Murcia and became involved in the Dermatology service and ‘fell in love at first sight’ with veterinary dermatology.

In order to perform high-quality medicine, he pursued a residency program. He moved to Augsburg (Germany) for a residency of the European College of Veterinary Dermatology (ECVD) and learn a new language. After completing the residency, he obtained the board-certification by the European College of Veterinary Dermatology. He has spent several externships in different European universities and in North Carolina State University and has lectured in different countries across Europe. He has authored 2 books, several peer-reviewed original publications, and many contributions in nationals and international scientific meetings. He can speak, write & read fluently Spanish, English and German and basic French. In his free time, he likes to enjoy his free time with his wife, toddler, and 14-year-old Labrador Retriever, friends, outdoor activities and when possible scuba-diving. Expectations include improving worldwide collaboration and networking between veterinary dermatologists.


  • PhD,Universidad di Murcia, Spain (with Honors)- 2007
  • DVM,Universidad di Murcia, Spain - 1999

Board Certification

  • European College of Veterinary Dermatology

  • European Veterinary Specialist® in Dermatology of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation
  1. Almela RM, Ansón A. A Review of Immunotherapeutic Strategies in Canine Malignant Melanoma. Vet Sci. 2019; 6: 15.
  2. Almela RM, Martínez Gomariz F, Rodríguez Hervás J,Vicente Calderón V, Carrión Jiménez M. Panniculitis and concurrent inflammatory bowel disease in a dog. Clin Peq Anim 2018; 38: 171 -174.
  3. Almela R. VetQuiz. Feline Pemphigus. Kleintier Konkret 2018; 21: 43-44.
  4. Almela RM, Rubio CP, Cerón JJ, Ansón A, Tichy A, Mayer U. Selected serum oxidative stress biomarkers in dogs with non-food-induced and food-induced atopic dermatitis. Vet Dermatol 2018; 29: 229-e82.
  5. Almela R, Bayón A, Ansón. CT findings in the diagnosis of peripheral vestibular syndrome in a ferret (Mustela putorius furo) with otitis media. Clin Vet Peq Anim 2017; 37: 189-193.  
  6. Anson A, Strohmayer C, Larrinaga JM, Iglesias E, Almela R, Ramírez G, Cervera V. Computed tomographic retrograde positive contrast cystography and computed tomographic excretory urography characterization of a urinary bladder diverticulum in a dog. Vet Radiol Ultrasound 2018 Jan 14. doi: 10.1111/vru.12591. [Epub ahead of print].
  7. Almela R, von Bomhard W, Ansón A, Mayer U. Subcutaneous extraskeletal osteosarcoma in a metatarsal footpad in a cat. Vet Dermatol 2017; 28: 524-526.
  8. Almela RM, Bäumer W. Should precision medicine be encouraged in veterinary dermatology?. Vet Dermatol 2017; 28: 527-527.
  9. Almela R. Skin biopsy: step by step. Kleintier Konkret 2016; 19: 38-39.
  10. Almela R, Mayer U. Topical therapy in dermatology. Kompendium Kleintier 2015; 30-39.
  11. Ramón Miguel Almela Sánchez. Small Animal Clinical Dermatology Handbook, 1st edition. IC Ed. 2014; 3-268. ISBN: 978-84-16109-23-4.
  12. Jerez S, Motas M, Cánovas RA, Talavera J, Almela RM, Del Río AB. Accumulation and tissue distribution of heavy metals and essential elements in loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) from Spanish Mediterranean coastline of Murcia. Chemosphere 2010; 78: 256-64.
  13. Salinas M, Altet L, Clavel C, Almela RM, Bayón A, Burguete I, Sánchez A. Genetic assessment, illegal trafficking and management of the Mediterranean spur-thighed tortoise in Southern Spain and Northern Africa. Conserv Genet 2011; 12:1
  14. Marín P, Bayón A, Fernández-Varón E, Escudero E, Clavel C, Almela R, Cárceles CM. Pharmacokinetics of danofloxacin after single dose intravenous, intramuscular and subcutaneous administration to loggerhead turtles Caretta caretta. Dis Aquat Organ 2008; 82: 231-6.

General Research Interests

  • Canine atopic dermatitis
  • Food allergy in dogs
  • Precision medicine
  • Cold atmospheric pressure plasma treatment in skin diseases

Selected Research Projects

  • Microbiome in atopic disorders
  • Skin biomarkers

Research and Clinical Interests

  • Canine atopic dermatitis
  • Food allergy in dogs
  • Precision medicine
  • Cold atmospheric pressure plasma treatment in skin diseases


I am passionate about teaching. My teaching philosophy includes is student-centered with inductive teaching and promoting skill competences (to know, to do, to know how to do) in an inclusive and friendly environment with no fear to ask and open discussions

Major Specialized Equipment

kINPen®VET (cold atmospheric pressure plasma device for veterinary medicine use)

  • ISVD Member
  • ESVD Member