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Endya High

DVM (Practice Limited to Dermatology)
Dr. Endya High
Staff Veterinarian
Dermatology Department
Dr. Endya High

Dr. Endya High was born and raised in Bowie, Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Tuskegee University in 2011 and stayed in Alabama for an additional 4 years to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Tuskegee University. Dr. High went back to the DC-Maryland-Virginia area in 2016 to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA SouthPaws in Fairfax, Virginia. She then completed a dermatology internship in 2017 at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton, Massachusetts. In the summer 2017, she relocated back to the south to complete a dermatology residency at North Carolina State University in Raleigh North Carolina. She hopefully made her final big move across the U.S. to join the AVCC team in August 2020.

Dr. High's special interests in dermatology include atopic dermatitis, otitis, multi-drug resistant Staphylococcal infections, and immune mediated conditions. She has a dog (Bowzer) and two cats (Princess Peach and Cokely) but hopes to add a French Bulldog to her fur baby family. Her hobbies during her residency included cooking and playing video games, however she hopes to explore hiking, long walks on the beach, and other traditional California activities!

Dermatology Department

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Dermatologist?

While your general practitioner veterinarian can handle many aspects of your pet's care, just as in human medicine, sometimes there is a need for the attention of a specialist. If your pet has a complicated or difficult problem, your pet may need the care of a veterinary dermatologist. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when to refer you and your pet for more specialized diagnostic work or treatment is one that is caring and committed to ensuring your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her problem.

While in some cases, your veterinarian may be able to simply consult with a specialist in veterinary dermatology about your pet's care, in other cases it is necessary to actually refer you and your pet to the specialist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment.

What Special Problems Does A Veterinary Dermatologist Treat?

Skin problems are some of the most common reasons owners bring their pet to the veterinarian. Most routine skin problems can be handled by your general practitioner veterinarian. Certain skin problems, however, can be difficult to diagnose and treat and the help of a specialist may be required. These include skin problems associated with allergies, parasite infestations, infectious, autoimmune, and endocrinologic (hormonal) diseases, chronic or recurrent ear infections, diseases of the feet, footpad, or nails, and skin cancers.

While it is important to realize that your pet's skin problems, especially those that have been developing over a period of time, often aren't solvable overnight, most can be cured or made much more manageable with the help of a specialist.

The following general conditions are among those that frequently require the assistance of a veterinary dermatologist:

  • Parasites
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Systemic Diseases
  • Skin Cancer
  • Allergic Conditions

Most of the allergic disease that occurs in dogs and cats affects the skin. These allergies include reactions to food items (food allergy), air borne and contact substances (atopic dermatitis), and fleas (flea allergy dermatitis). Allergies can be difficult to diagnose and treat and are the kinds of cases where involving a specialist early can not only help diagnose and resolve the problem earlier but also potentially save the pet owner money in the long run.

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

Your veterinary dermatologist will work together with your veterinarian as part of your pet's total veterinary health care team. Your general practitioner veterinarian will still oversee all aspects of your pet's care, but with the added, specialized input of a veterinary dermatologist.

Did You Know?

  • Dogs suffer from seasonal allergies just like people, but unlike us, they tend to scratch rather than sneeze when they are allergic to something.
  • Atopy (allergic inhalant dermatitis) occurs in approximately 10% to 15% of the dog population, usually starting between the ages of 1 and 3 years. Pets can even be allergic to the skin dander from other pets in the same household!

If you believe your pet is in need of a veterinary dermatologist, talk to your VCA vet or find a VCA veterinary dermatologist near you.

Our Dermatology Department Team

Veterinary Assistant
Veterinary Assistant
VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center

15926 Hawthorne Boulevard

Lawndale, CA 90260

Main: 310-542-8018

Fax: 310-542-8098

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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