Peter Forsythe graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1983 and worked in mixed general practice for fourteen years. He gained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology in 1992. He left general practice in 1998 and following a two year residency at the R(D)SVS, gained the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Dermatology in 2001. He founded, and is currently a partner in, the Dermatology Referral Service with centres in Glasgow and Aberdeen. He is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology and holds honorary lectureships in dermatology at both the R(D)SVS and the University of Glasgow Veterinary School. He has particular interests in otitis and bacterial skin disease.