Dr. Ihrke graduated from and completed a Residency in Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Diplomate of the ACVIM (dermatology) and then became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD). Currently, he is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine. He also is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Dr. Ihrke is the author or coauthor of over 200 papers, book chapters, and proceedings and has co-authored, authored or co-edited 4 books. He has lectured at 41 veterinary schools and over 500 veterinary meetings including 18 world congresses and 122 additional international veterinary meetings in 41 countries. His interests include all skin diseases in all species with emphasis on infectious skin diseases and immunologic skin diseases.
Currently, Dr. Ihrke is President-Elect of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA). He has served as President and other positions on the executive boards of the ACVD, the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology (AAVD), the Academy of Veterinary Allergy (AVA), the 4th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology, and the American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS).
His most meaningful honors include the Faculty School-wide Distinguished Teaching Award at UC Davis, the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) ‘Veterinarian of the Year Award’, Honorary Life Member in the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology (ESVD), 3 school-wide student teaching awards at Davis, the ACVD Award for Excellence, being named an Honorary Foundation Diplomate in the Asian College of Veterinary Dermatology, and receiving the WSAVA Hill’s Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award.