Karen Helton-Rhodes, DVM, DipACVD




Dr. Karen Helton Rhodes, a board certified veterinary dermatologist, has practiced clinical medicine in the tri-state area since 1982.  She started her dermatology training as an intern and resident at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.  Although raised as a southerner, she found the pace and intellectual intensity of the medical community in New York invigorating.  Dr. Helton Rhodes stayed at the Animal Medical Center as Head of the Department of Dermatology and actively trained interns and resident for 13 years.  At that time, The Animal Medical Center in NYC was the largest veterinary facility in the United States and served as a mecca for “cutting edge” medicine.  During this 13-year tenure, she also served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at New York University Hospital from 1985-1997.  This position facilitated active communication and collaborative research opportunities in the area of comparative (human and animal) dermatology.  People and animals suffer from many of the same diseases and disorders.  Much can be learned from a “one health” initiative.  Dr. Helton Rhodes is currently the owner of Riverdale Veterinary Dermatology in Riverdale, New Jersey, the only dermatology-exclusive specialty practice in the northeast.  This office is the culmination of years of clinical experience and expertise in providing high quality medicine for pets with devastating skin and ear disease.  Riverdale Veterinary Dermatology offers a unique opportunity by also functioning as an adjunct specialty facility for area referring veterinarians. 

     Dr. Helton Rhodes’ areas of specialty have evolved over the years to focus on all     aspects of ear disease including the identification of underlying etiologies and interventional video-otoscopy procedures.  Cutaneous neoplasia, immune mediated disorders, cosmetic wound repair, and multi-drug resistant bacterial infections as well as difficult feline dermatoses are also areas of interest and expertise.

     Dr. Helton Rhodes “gives back” to the veterinary community by providing continuing education in the form of teaching visiting interns and residents in her busy practice, lecturing both nationally and abroad, participating as a guest speaker on local radio and television shows, and by writing veterinary medical textbooks and refereed journal articles.  She also consults with various organizations such as pharmaceutical companies and pet health insurance agencies on trends and needs within the veterinary community.  Dr. Helton Rhodes is an active member of the American College of Veterinary Dermatologists, the official licensing and governing body of the board certified veterinary dermatology community.

Dr. Helton Rhodes received the Merit Award from the Veterinary Medical Association of New York City, the Clendenin J. Ryan teaching award at the Animal Medical Center, and was honored by being listed as one of the “Best Veterinarians in New York” by New York Magazine.  Her most recent textbook is entitled The 5-Minute Veterinary Consult:  Clinical Companion in Small Animal Dermatology;  second edition and published in five languages.

Dr. Karen Helton Rhodes featured in

"The Pet Stop"




 Recent and Past Publications 


The 5-Minute Veterinary Consult—Clinical Companion—Small Animal Dermatology 1st

Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2002, Author, Karen Helton-Rhodes, DVM, Dip. ACVD


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The 5-Minute Veterinary Consult-Clinical Companion-Small Animal Dermatology 2nd

Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, Author, Karen Helton Rhodes, DVM, Dip. ACVD (co-author; Alexander Werner)

Published in 6 languages




The 5-Minute Veterinary Consult—Canine and Feline, Tilly & Smith, Dermatology Section

Editor, Author, Karen Helton-Rhodes, DVM, Dip. ACVD





Saunders Manual of Small Animal Practice, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Edition,Dermatology Section





Helton-Rhodes KA: Feline Hyperadrenocorticism. In Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, ed. John August, W.B Saunders Publisher




Helton Rhodes KA: Food Allergy/Intolerance in the Canine Patient. In Proceedings 1995, October 14, 15. Ohio State University/Waltham Symposium, Veterinary Learning Systems Pub, 1995




Helton-Rhodes KA, Wallace M, Baer K: Cutaneous Manifestations of Feline Hyperadrenocorticism. In Advances in Veterinary Dermatology: Proceedings of 2nd World Congress, Pergamon Press, New York, pp. 391-396, 1993.







Helton-Rhodes KA: Immune Mediated Dermatoses. In Saunders Manual of Small Animal Practice. W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia, pp. 313-318, 1994.



Helton-Rhodes KA: Cutaneous Manifestations of Canine and Feline Endocrinopathies. In Problems in Veterinary Medicine: Endocrinology. J.B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 617-627, December 1990.






Helton-Rhodes KA: Dermatologic Diseases and Disorders. In The Complete Book of Dog Health: The Animal Medical Center. MacMillan Publishing Co., New York, 1985.



Helton-Rhodes, KA: Dermatologic Diseases and Disorders. In the Complete Book of Cat Health: The Animal


Guest Editor and Contributing Author in Problems in Veterinary Medicine: Dermatology-Structure and Function of the Skin.




Guest Editor and Contributing Author in Canine and Feline Infectious Diseases and Parasitology 1st and 2nd editions. Wiley - Blackwell Publishing.