Neoklis Apostolopoulous

Neoklis Apostolopoulos

Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Joined LSU Vet Med April 1, 2024



PhD, Justus-Liebig University Giessen (Germany), 2018

DVM, University of Thessaly (Greece), 2011


Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Dermatology

Research Interest

His research is focused on the canine skin microbiome and applied artificial intelligence in veterinary dermatology. For more information regarding current studies please visit his Lab’s website.

Teaching Interest

Dr. Apostolopoulos lectures dermatology for 2nd and 3rd year students. He created two elective dermatology courses for the 1st and 2nd year students. He also supervises 4th year veterinary students, interns, and residents while on clinical duty.

Clinical Interest

His clinical interests include all aspects of dermatology, allergology, and otology. Dr. Apostolopoulos has also experience in CO2 Laser Surgery (removal of skin masses, surgical treatment of interdigital cysts and nodules, ablation of in situ squamous cell carcinoma) and fluorescence photobiomodulation treatment (complicated skin infections). He has high clinical interest performing CO2 Laser surgery of interdigital cysts in dogs, intralymphatic immunotherapy for allergies and immunotherapy in dogs for severe bee/wasp sting hypersensitivity.

More information on Dr. Apostolopoulos can be found at his LinkedIn and ORCID profiles.

Administrative Role

Dr. Apostolopoulos is the Primary Mentor of our ACVD Veterinary Dermatology Residency Program (2024 – present).

Dr. Apostolopoulos was Secretary and President of the ECVD Residents Board (2019-2021).

Awards & Honors

Smith A., Carroll P., Aravamuthan S., Walleser E., Lin H., Anklam K., Doepfer D., Apostolopoulos N. Pawgnosis - Computer Vision Models detecting healthy paws, and paws with pododermatitis or neoplasia. 2023 UW-SVM Phi Zeta Research Day.

Won the Zoetis Award for Research Excellence by an SVM student: (Andrew Smith and Patrick Carroll. Primary mentor: Neoklis Apostolopoulos)


Smith A, Carroll PW, Aravamuthan S, Walleser E, Lin H, Anklam K, et al. Computer vision model for the detection of canine pododermatitis and neoplasia of the paw. Vet Dermatol. 2024; 35: 138–147.

Congiusta MC, Snyder C, Soukup JW, Apostolopoulos N. Novel Management of Masticatory Myositis in Three Dogs with a Selective Janus Kinase (JAK-1) Inhibitor. Journal of Veterinary Dentistry. 2024;0(0). doi:10.1177/08987564231219925

Apostolopoulos, N., Thom, N., Bagwe, R., Müller, R., Ewers, C., & Glaeser, P. (2023). Annealing temperatures affect 16S rRNA gene-amplicon Illumina sequencingbased bacterial community analysis of canine skin. Journal of the Hellenic Veterinary Medical Society, 74(1), 5371–5378.

Apostolopoulos N., Miller C. (2023) The Canine Skin and Ear Bacterial Microbiota. Today`s Veterinary Practice, INSIGHTS IN DERMATOLOGY (peer-review).

Kiener, S., Apostolopoulos, N., Schissler, J., Hass, P. K., Leuthard, F., et al (2022). Independent COL5A1 Variants in Cats with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Genes, 13(5), 797.

Apostolopoulos N, Glaeser SP, Bagwe R, Janssen S, Mayer U, et al. (2021) Description and comparison of the skin and ear canal microbiota of non-allergic and allergic German shepherd dogs using next generation sequencing. PLOS ONE 16(5): e0250695.

Apostolopoulos N, Prenger-Berninghoff E, Wildermuth B, et al.. Mycobacterium setense isolated from a cat with atypical mycobacterial panniculitis. Tierarztl Prax Ausg K Kleintiere Heimtiere. 2021 Oct;49(5):390-396. English. doi:10.1055/a-1528-1763.

Apostolopoulos, N., & Mayer, U. (2021). Hymenoptera venom immunotherapy without human serum albumin as a stabilizer in a canine patient. Veterinary Record Case Reports, 9(1).

Apostolopoulos, N., & Mayer, U. (2020). Use of fluorescent light energy for the management of bacterial skin infection associated with canine calcinosis cutis lesions. Veterinary Record Case Reports, 8(4).

Apostolopoulos N, Mitropoulou A, Thom N, Moritz A. Update on therapy and prevention of canine leishmaniasis. Tierarztl Prax Ausg K Kleintiere Heimtiere. 2018 Oct;46(5):315-322. English, German. doi: 10.15654/TPK-180089.


Grant Funding


Companion Animal Fund (UW-MADISON, SVM): Development of an AI model diagnosing lesions of the canine external ear canal. $10,000

Client`s Donation in Dr. Apostolopoulos´ name: The fund will be used for Research and Teaching by Dr. Apostolopoulos. $10,000


Companion Animal Fund (UW-MADISON, SVM): The association between chronic passive heavy metal exposure and allergic otitis – a preliminary study. $10,000

European Society of Veterinary Dermatology Grant: The association between chronic passive lead and cadmium exposure, skin microbiome and atopic dermatitis in dogs. A preliminary study. $5,000

Client's Donation in Dr. Apostolopoulos' name: The fund will be used for Research and Teaching by Dr. Apostolopoulos. $10,000


AniCura Research Grant (peer reviewed): $10,000