There is a long history of physicians' interest in animal dermatology. Likewise, veterinarians have over the years contributed much to the progress of our knowledge of human disease. Accordingly, closer affiliation between Doctors of Veterinary Medicine and Doctors of Medicine is now not only desirable but mandatory in view of the increasing number of spontaneous cutaneous and other diseases in animals which can serve as models for study of the same processes in humans.
Beerman H. Perspectives in Comparative DermatologyWilliam Allen Pusey Memorial Address. Arch Dermatol. 1968;98(4):400-405. doi:10.1001/archderm.1968.01610160074016