Our Team

At Animal Dermatology Specialist, our team is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of dermatological care for our patients and their owners.

We are affiliated with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, and the Australian Veterinary Association.

Get to know the ADS team members by clicking through to their bios.

Dr Evie Knight
Specialist Veterinary Dermatologist

Samantha Somerville
Veterinary Dermatology Nurse

Dr Evie Knight

Board Certified Veterinary Dermatologist

Dr Evie Knight is the founder and managing director of Animal Dermatology Specialist. She is a double boarded registered specialist in veterinary dermatology, being both a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons (ANZCVS) and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD).

Dr Knight studied veterinary science at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 2010. After moving to Queensland in 2011 for a rotating internship, she fell in love with the coastal lifestyle and never looked back. She began specialising in dermatology in 2012 and became a member of the ANZCVS in 2016, by examination in Small Animal Medicine. In 2017, she completed both the ANZCVS Fellowship and the ACVD Diplomate examinations to become a dual boarded registered specialist in veterinary dermatology.

Throughout her career she has published scientific peer reviewed journal articles, presented at conferences both within Australia and internationally, lectured at the University of Queensland, and mentored dermatology interns and residents.

“As a specialist in dermatology, my commitment is to educate clients and support general practitioner vets to provide best possible care for our patients. I’m deeply passionate about bringing comfort to patients grappling with chronic skin, ear, or nail problems, by determining the cause, instituting tailored treatments, and aiming to resolve conditions, rather than temporarily masking symptoms.”

More about Evie:

More about Evie:

What inspired you to become a specialist in veterinary dermatology?

I grew up with a wide variety of pets including budgies, guinea pigs, cats and dogs. Working with animals was always my dream. After completing my bachelor degree I knew I wanted to specialise so I undertook a rotating internship at Pet Emergency and Queensland Veterinary Specialists to gain an understanding of each specialised field. The profound impact that resolving skin and ear issues has on an animal’s well-being inspired my specialisation in the field of veterinary dermatology.

Do you have a memorable patient success story that highlights the impact of your work?

Skin conditions are great impersonators, so it is always very satisfying to get to the bottom of what is really causing the problem, and resolve it. A particularly memorable patient was struggling for many years, with diabetes, skin infections and irritation. Many treatments had proven ineffective, prior to his appointment with me. Some investigating revealed he actually had an unusual mite, but thankfully the treatment was quick and simple. He was better within 2 weeks! Witnessing the relief experienced by my clients highlights the impact of my work.

Outside of work, what do you enjoy?

I enjoy playing the piano, guitar and writing music, dancing, aerial silks and hoop training, hiking, traveling, and spending time with my family.

Fun fact

I’ve been learning Spanish for the last 3 years with Duolingo, but haven’t had a conversation with a native speaker yet!

Samantha Somerville

Veterinary Dermatology Nurse

Sam is an experienced veterinary nurse, beginning her career in early 2015. She completed her studies alongside her nursing employment, and overseas travel, graduating from TAFE NSW Distance Education in 2019.

Sam worked in general practice exclusively for the first 5 years of her career before switching to GP on a casual role when becoming a Dermatology Nurse in a specialist setting.

Throughout Sam’s veterinary career she has maintained a passion for educating clients and supporting them through every motion of their pets care. She embraces all patients, and is more than happy to provide those much appreciated back scratches.

More about Sam:

More about Sam:

Where are you from?

I grew up in a small country town in Northern NSW.

Do you have pets?

Yes! I have two dogs: Panda (cattle dog X dalmation), and Rosa (Great Dane x Coolie x???), we also have a spotted python named Earl.

Where did you get your love for the veterinary field from?

I have just always loved animals, both domestic and wild, and find their personalities and quirks fascinating! I am also a very curious person who needs to understand how things work, so studying science during school (especially biology) led to me wanting to study in the medical field. Veterinary nursing is a pretty perfect combo of both those interests.

Fun Fact

I am allergic to cats but hope to have one join our family in the future!