History of Animal Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Craig Griffin founded Animal Dermatology Clinic in 1980. The original clinic was located in Garden Grove, CA. In February of 2000, the practice moved to a multi-specialty veterinary referral practice in Tustin, CA, which is where the Orange County office of Animal Dermatology Clinic is today.

We also have full time clinics throughout Southern California in; San Diego, Marina del Rey, Pasadena, Los Angeles, and Ontario . We also have full time clinics operating in other US cities including: Marietta, GA, Louisville, KY, Indianapolis, IN, Portland, OR. Animal Dermatology Clinic is also international with locations in Perth, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. To round out the needs of our clients, our doctors also travel to 29 satellite clinics across the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Animal Dermatology Clinic has the distinction of being the first privately owned facility approved by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology to provide a residency program. Since inception of this program, more than 20 doctors have achieved Diplomate status after completing their residency training at Animal Dermatology Clinic.

Each of our doctors is actively involved with research and advancement in their field. We strive daily to develop and refine cutting edge testing, treatment and techniques used in today’s veterinary dermatology.

Here at Animal Dermatology Clinic we strive to live up to our core values, vision and mission. It is critical to our success that each employee understands and believes in our core values, purpose, vision and mission.

Core Values:

  1. Compassion
    We value the human animal bond and we strive to enrich the lives of our clients and animal companions.
  2. Respect
    We are committed to treating our community and their animal companions with courtesy, dignity and understanding.
  3. Integrity
    We pledge to provide honest and ethical service to our clients and animal companions.
  4. Teamwork
    We promote an environment of communication, trust and efficiency to our clients and each other.
  5. Pioneering
    We strive to be the leaders in education, innovation and advancement of knowledge in Veterinary Dermatology.


Our mission is to be the world’s leading veterinary dermatology consortium, practicing state of the art medicine with a client oriented approach. We will provide clinical advancements while training residents to excel in veterinary dermatology.

Vision Statement:

Animal Dermatology Clinic will be the world’s largest unified group of veterinary dermatologists and employees sharing the benefits of our purpose and core values. Clients, residents, associates, and staff will seek our company as the gold standard for care, training, and long term career opportunity. Our success will result in a profitable company that makes a substantial contribution to our specialty and literature. 


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

Success Stories


Before: Donkey was so itchy she rubbed her coat off

After: Relief after allergy shots within months. She is now comfortable and her coat is restored.

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Pet of the Month


Dottie - is a rescue that now lives in Santa Monica, CA. She is also a patient at the Marina del Rey clinic.

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