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To improve the lives of animal companions and their families by
practicing and advancing the science and art of veterinary dermatology

Animal Dermatology Clinic was founded nearly 40 years ago when Dr. Craig Griffin set out to improve the lives of animal companions by providing state-of-the-art diagnostics and therapies through clinical advancements in veterinary dermatology. By acquiring Dr. Allan Bell’s practice, we have been able to provide a continuum of care to his patients, partner with local primary veterinarians and start the first veterinary dermatology residency program in New Zealand.

Solid Foundation and Support Structure

Being part of the largest group of veterinary specialists in the world, our experience and knowledge base is unprecedented when it comes to dermatology cases. Our team has the support and resources from ADC’s team of board-certified specialists who are responsible for curating and advancing the field of veterinary dermatology.

Veterinary Nurses
Admin Staff
Craig Griffin

Craig Griffin, DVM, DACVD

Founder of Animal Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Craig Griffin is a graduate of Cornell University and completed his residency at UC Davis in 1980 where he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD). He served on the Board of Directors and examination committee for the ACVD and held the position as president of the ACVD in 1999/2000. He also served as president of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology and of the Western States Veterinary Conference.

Mona Boord

Mona Boord, DVM, DACVD

Dr. Mona Boord graduated from the University of California Davis in 1992 and completed her residency with Animal Dermatology Clinic and joined the ranks of an elite group when she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 1997. She took on the positon of board member with ADC and shareholder with the goal of improving the quality of life for her patients and their families by caring for and improving their skin conditions. Dr. Boord contributes to training veterinarians as an Associate Professor at the Western University of Health Sciences, mentoring to residents, and international speaking engagements in the US and abroad.

Leslie Sauber

Leslie Sauber, DVM, DACVD

Dr. Leslie Sauber received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry followed by a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University. She was in general practice for 8 years before starting a dermatology residency at the University of Illinois. In 1996 she completed her residency and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.

Dr. Sauber is very excited about emigrating to New Zealand! On her initial trip she was touched by the friendliness, helpfulness and welcoming attitude of the NZ people. She was also impressed that so many Kiwi’s could find Oklahoma on the map (a feat that most Americans cannot do). Seems Steven Adams is quite an icon in both NZ and OK. Go Thunder!

Helen Orbell

Helen Orbell, BVSc, Dermatology Resident

Dr. Helen Orbell graduated from the University of Queensland with a BVSc in 2001 and worked in various mixed practices in New Zealand, England, and Scotland before starting in the companion animal clinic at Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2005. She traveled to the US for a year in 2007 and worked in community practice at Washington State University VTH, Pullman. After returning to New Zealand her interest in dermatology grew which led to an acceptance of a residency position in 2016 with Animal Dermatology Clinic.

Kirsty Colley

Kirsty Colley, Registered Veterinary Nurse

Kirsty Colley is a UK qualified Veterinary Nurse with over 12 years of experience within the veterinary industry. She is the key contact for our Auckland clinic. Kirsty has worked in a variety of clinics from mixed animal, small animal to specialist clinics in Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. She assists with all dermatology procedures which are carried out within the clinic. Originally from Scotland, Kirsty has been living in New Zealand for the last 5 years and thoroughly enjoys the lifestyle here.

Craig Griffin

Danielle McCabe, Registered Veterinary Nurse

Danielle graduated with a diploma of Veterinary Nursing in 2010 and spent 2 years working in a busy rural practice in Dannevirke doing a mix of both small and large animal work. She spent 2 years working as a community practise nurse at Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. It is here that she developed her interest for dermatology while working alongside Dr. Helen Orbell. In June 2016, Danielle joined Animal Dermatology Clinic and is planning on completing her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Dermatology. Danielle and her husband welcomed daughter Evelyn Florence into their family in 2016. She also has a great love for all things pugs.

Kelsi Bookless

Kelsi Bookless, Operations Manager

PgDipSci, BSc, DipSciTech, CVN

Kelsi was our practice manager when we first acquired the clinic from Dr Allan Bell in 2015 and had since moved on to veterinary sales and marketing positions. We asked Kelsi to come back and help us out with running our New Zealand practices when we became full time and she is really enjoying the role and spreading the word about our services to pet owners and veterinarians. Kelsi has over 10 years’ experience in veterinary nursing/practice management in small animal and specialist clinics and has completed biomedical studies to postgraduate level. After growing up in Foxton, she now enjoys living on Auckland’s North Shore with her two dogs, a poodle foxy cross (who of course has allergies!) and a golden retriever who failed guide dog school.