My interest in veterinary medicine first began at the age of 13, after reading all of James Herriot's books about his adventures as an English Countryside veterinarian.  In 1995, I graduated from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine and started a two-year position in general practice in the Chicago suburbs.  I quickly developed a passion for dermatology, as nearly one-third of all my patients presented with some form of skin disease.  In 1999, I successfully passed my veterinary dermatology board exam after completing a residency at the University of Pennsylvania.  My career in specialty dermatology practice began in the Chicago suburbs with Veterinary Centers of America (VCA).  In 2005, a job transfer and expanding family brought my family back to Iowa, where I began a part-time position in the Dermatology Department at my alma mater, Iowa State.  Eventaully, I moved into private practice in Des Moines.  Veterinary Dermatology Consultation Services, Inc. was born in April 2010.  I began consulting with two specialty practices in Des Moines, and in October 2015, moved into our new location in Johnston. In addition to clinical practice, I have been a dermatology consultant for Veterinary Information Network (VIN), a community of nearly 40,000 veterinarians worldwide.  Volunteer work is an important part of my life, so I have served on the Examination Committee and currently serve on the Marketing and Publicity Committee for the American College of Veterinary Dermatology .  I also volunteer when possible at my children's school.

Meet Dr. Holm


At Veterinary Dermatology Consultation Services, Dr. Holm treats every animal that walks through the door as though it was her own. 


Sometimes it's tough to know where to turn when your dog, cat, or other friend--furry or feathered--can't seem to get rid of a skin or ear condition. That's why we created Veterinary Dermatology Consultation Services, Inc., the place to go of your pet's allergy, skin, or ear needs. People have allergists, dermatologists, and ENT specialists for their allergies, skin conditions, and ear problems.  Did you know that a veterinary dermatologist does all of these things?  Whereas these conditions may not be life threatening, they do pose a significant challenge to your pet's and your family's quality of life. When your veterinarian thinks it's time to go to the next step, let Dr. Holm help. You'll be glad you did.

About Our Service


Veterinary Dermatology Consultation Services



We will work together to determine if further diagnostics, such as allergy testing or skin biopsies, are necessary. An initial treatment plan will be discussed.



Dr. Holm's technician (veterinary nurse) will take a thorough history about your pet's condition.



Dr. Holm will examine your pet and perform diagnostics such as skin scrapings and cytology.

What to Expect





In most cases, Dr. Holm will want to recheck your pet in 3-4 weeks to assess the response to treatments.

Kristin Holm, DVM, DACVD






A thorough report will be sent home with you and a copy will be faxed to your primary care veterinarian. Dr. Holm is available via cell phone or email if you have questions after you leave.

Veterinary Dermatology Consultation Services, Inc. treated my precious little Fluffy with all the care and attention you could ever ask for!