After graduating from veterinary school in Toulouse (France) in 1984, Dr. Olivry became one of the managing partners of the Frégis specialty clinic in Paris. In 1991, he moved to the USA for a residency in dermatology and a PhD in comparative pathology at the University of California Davis. He became board-certified by both ECVD in 1993 and ACVD in 1995. After 25 years as a clinician-scientist in dermato-immunology at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (1994-2019), Dr. Olivry returned to Europe and now lives in Riga, Latvia. He shares his time between a Research Professorship at NCSU, teaching at the Latvian University of Life Science and Technology, and consulting for animal health companies.
From 2001 to 2004, he was the Chair of the International Task Force on Canine Atopic Dermatitis, and from 2008 to 2009, President of the European College of Veterinary Dermatology.
Dr. Olivry has authored more than 350 articles and book chapters, and he has been invited all over the world to lecture to veterinary and medical audiences. For more than two decades, he has been researching the mechanism and treatment of atopic dermatitis and itch in dogs, and he has characterized multiple new autoimmune skin diseases in small and large animal species. More recently, he has expanded his interest onto molecular veterinary allergology.
For his contributions to veterinary dermatology and allergy, Dr. Olivry has received several awards that include the “ACVD Award for Excellence for Outstanding Contributions to Science and Education” in 2004, the “NCSU Clinician of the Year award” in 2005, the “Pfizer Award for Research Excellence at NCSU” in 2010, the “World Small Animal Veterinary Association Hill's Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award” in 2013, and the “ECVD Lifetime Career Award” in 2020. He has been made an honorary member of both Latin American and European Societies of Veterinary Dermatology. The Dermatology Unit of the veterinary hospital at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece was named after him in 2003.