Our veterinary dermatologist, Dr. Ramon M. Almela, is an Assistant Professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, where he treats skin conditions in dogs, cats, horses, farm animals, and exotic species. He is originally from Murcia, a sunny friendly town bathed by the Mediterranean Sea in southeast Spain. As a child, he thoroughly enjoyed observing and interacting with all kinds of animals and it became clear that in the future he would become a doctor who would help animals. One story he enjoys telling is that in his childhood while dreaming of helping big cats in the African savanna, he used to perform CPR on the flies that his mother was trying to kill around the house.
After graduating and obtaining his PhD from veterinary school at the University of Murcia (Spain), he worked for several years in private practice before coming back to the University of Murcia where he 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 in the European College of Veterinary Dermatology (ECVD) where he quickly had to learn a new language. After completing the residency program, he obtained board certification by the European College of Veterinary Dermatology. He has spent several externships at different European universities and at North Carolina State University and has lectured in different countries across Europe. He has authored two books, several peer-reviewed original publications, and has made many contributions in national and international scientific meetings. He can speak, write and read fluently Spanish, English, German and basic French. He enjoys his free time with his wife, toddler, their 14-year-old Labrador Retriever, and friends. He pursues many outdoor activities including 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
European College of Veterinary Dermatology (ECVD)
European Board of Veterinary Specialization (EBVS)
Research and Clinical Interests:
Canine atopic dermatitis
Food allergy in dogs
Cold atmospheric pressure plasma treatment in skin diseases
Selected Research Projects:
Microbiome in atopic disorders
Almela RM, Ansón A. A Review of Immunotherapeutic Strategies in Canine Malignant Melanoma. Vet Sci. 2019; 6: 15.
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.
Almela R. VetQuiz. Feline Pemphigus. Kleintier Konkret 2018; 21: 43-44.
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.
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.
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].
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.
Almela RM, Bäumer W. Should precision medicine be encouraged in veterinary dermatology?. Vet Dermatol 2017; 28: 527-527.
Almela R. Skin biopsy: step by step. Kleintier Konkret 2016; 19: 38-39.
Almela R, Mayer U. Topical therapy in dermatology. Kompendium Kleintier 2015; 30-39.
Ramón Miguel Almela Sánchez. Small Animal Clinical Dermatology Handbook, 1st edition. IC Ed. 2014; 3-268. ISBN: 978-84-16109-23-4.
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.
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
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.
I am passionate about teaching. My teaching philosophy is student-centered with inductive teaching and promoting skill competencies (to know, to do, to know how to do) in an inclusive and friendly environment with no fear to ask questions and engage in open discussions.