Petra Bizikova MVDr, PhD, dipACVD, dipECVD
Associate Professor of Dermatology
North Carolina State University – College of Veterinary Medicine
I graduated at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Kosice [Koshice], Slovakia in 2001 with honors. I subsequently joined one of the largest private veterinary clinics in Slovakia at that time, where I worked for four years and focused primarily on internal medicine, dermatology and clinical pathology.
A personal quest to improve my skills and medical knowledge in veterinary dermatology led me to multiple, self-funded, externships at private referral dermatology clinics and university teaching hospitals in Europe and in the United States. A fortunate trip to North Carolina State University gave me the chance to start an internship followed by a residency in veterinary dermatology and immunology PhD. I became boarded by both American and European Colleges of Veterinary Dermatology in 2010 and defended my PhD in 2012. As a result of my PhD, I was able to identify the major target autoantigen in canine pemphigus foliaceus.
After finishing PhD, I then joined the Dermatology Faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 as a clinician-scientist with a main interest in autoimmunity and atopic dermatitis. I am also managing equine dermatology at the NCSU.