Atlanta Veterinary Specialists® offers a full range of services to treat even the most challenging veterinary dermatology cases. Every day Dr. Mary P. Schick, DVM, DACVD and her skilled team of veterinary technicians put their knowledge, experience, and love for animals to work so that pets receive access to the most advanced treatment options available. 

Veterinarians know that animals' excessive scratching, licking or hair loss can signify the presence of allergies, bacterial, or fungal infections, parasites, hormonal problems, or even skin cancer.

The following symptoms usually indicate that your pet may need to see a veterinary dermatologist. 

  • Scratching 
  • Licking
  • Hot spots
  • Chewing
  • Biting
  • Red skin
  • Red, runny eyes
  • Hair loss on underside
  • Crusting
  • Waking up at night to scratch or chew

If you notice these signs and symptoms, please ask your veterinarian if your pet could benefit from a referral to Dr. Mary P. Schick, DVM, DACVD. 

Meet our Dermatologist:


  • DVM; Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology (Board Certified in Dermatology)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Texas A&M University
  • Internship: Louisiana State University
  • Residency: University of Florida







Dr. Mary P. Schick earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and her veterinary medical degree from Texas A&M University. She completed her internship at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, and completed her residency in dermatology at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mary Schick taught veterinary dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine from 1993-1995. She has also worked in private referral dermatology practices on Long Island and Manhattan, New York. In 1988, Dr. Schick founded Atlanta Veterinary Specialists (formerly Atlanta Animal Allergy and Dermatology). Dr. Mary Schick is a board-certified veterinary dermatologist, and a member of many professional organizations such as the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Veterinary Dermatology, and the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology where she has served on the executive board. Dr. Mary Schick's scope of practice includes dermatology of all domestic and exotic animals. She specializes in diagnostic intradermal skin testing for inhalant allergies, as well as performing diagnostic laser surgery for various skin defects and neoplasms. Dr. Mary Schick has worked with pharmaceutical companies on clinical trials of new medications and has published many articles in professional journals, and lectured at many local and national meetings on topics in veterinary dermatology. 

Dr. Schick enjoys spending time with her twin boys, as well as her horses, chickens, and cat and dog. Dr. Schick also enjoys giving back to the community. When she's not at the gym lifting weights with her son Jeff, you can find Dr. Schick riding her horses on challenging horse trails or playing polo with her son, Justin. 

 Dermatology Services at AVS

  • Allergy testing is used to detect inhalant and food allergies.
  • Computed Tomography allows Dr. Schick to take advanced 3D images of the ear canal using a brand new CT sacnner. No other veterinary hospital in Georgia has the advanced CT imaging system available at AVS, which sets the standard of excellent care in GA.
  • Laser surgery provides pinpoint accuracy in the surgical treatment of tumors and skin lesions. Laser surgery also allows for the use of unconscious sedation rather than putting the animal under anesthesia.   
  • Video Otoscopy allows Dr. Schick record digital video and camera images of the ears using a high-resolution otoscopic camera. This allows Dr. Schick to see deep into the ear canal, and identify areas of concern. Additionally, Dr. Schick can perform deep ear canal cleansing flushes, and video recordings allow her to see the debris being removed from the ears using a state of the art ear cleaning system.


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