Why AI Dermatology?

Accurate diagnostic testing ensures appropriate treatment and high-quality care

Dermatology is a top reason for veterinary visits, and accurate diagnostic testing facilitates2:

  • Optimal use of therapeutics—including antifungals and antibiotics
  • Better outcomes
  • Happier patients and pet owners

VETSCAN IMAGYST delivers fast, expert-level dermatology analysis, giving time back to you and your staff1

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VETSCAN IMAGYST provides consistent analysis, regardless of personnel, training or microscope performance

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IMAGYST analyzes skin cytology samples to detect yeast, inflammatory cells and bacteria and differentiate between cocci and rods

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Prepare sample using traditional methods; then AI analyzes the slide, giving you more time with patients

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The AI accuracy of VETSCAN IMAGYST is comparable to that of an expert, board-certified clinical pathologist1

Approach to Pruritus

Discover how Zoetis offerings can help you achieve a diagnosis and provide individualized care

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Provide relief of canine allergic pruritus with Apoquel® (oclacitinib tablet) or Cytopoint while utilizing VETSCAN IMAGYST to help guide a diagnosis and treatment plan

How It Works

Prepare and scan slide in clinic using traditional methods

VETSCAN IMAGYST™ accurately reviews skin cytology samples while you focus on other tasks1

VETSCAN IMAGYST analyzes impression smears, ear swabs and skin swabs and is a powerful tool to quickly and reliably:

  • Aid in the detection and diagnosis of infection
  • Detect the presence of yeast, inflammatory cells and bacteria
  • Differentiate between cocci and rods
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Prepare sample

  • Sample preparation using 2 common techniques for skin and cytology testing
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IMAGYST performs the analysis

  • Consistent analysis, regardless of variability in personnel, training or microscope performance
  • Access expert review by a Zoetis clinical pathologist for further evaluation via digital image transfer when needed*
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Get accurate results

  • Results are delivered efficiently and accurately, giving you more time with patients1

Add-on remote pathologist review of AI results

Add-on remote pathologist review of AI results

A Zoetis clinical pathologist can review AI results when requested*

Consult with remote clinical specialists at no additional charge

Our global network of specialists is available to discuss results and a path forward for complex cases

User Guide: AI Dermatology


High-Resolution Images

VETSCAN IMAGYST provides expert-level results and high-resolution images on every report—simplifying your conversations with pet owners and specialists

High-resolution images from VETSCAN IMAGYST.

Reliable Data

VETSCAN IMAGYST accurately and reliably identified inflammatory cells and differentiated between cocci and rods1

  • This study demonstrated that VETSCAN IMAGYST performed well and was comparable to ACVP clinical pathologists
  • IMAGYST is a diagnostic tool for consistent, in-house identification of inflammatory cells, bacteria and yeast


  • The accuracy of VETSCAN IMAGYST™ compared to that of board-certified clinical pathologists was evaluated in 143 dog and 75 cat samples
    • Samples included skin impression smears, ear swabs and skin swabs
  • Each sample was classified as positive or negative for inflammatory cells or infectious agents by the consensus of 2 of 3 clinical pathologists
  • VETSCAN IMAGYST algorithm performance in the evaluation of the scan area was comparable to that of expert clinical pathologists

Inflammatory cells

VETSCAN IMAGYST detected inflammatory cells with accuracy that closely matched that of an expert, board-certified clinical pathologist1

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Infectious agents

VETSCAN IMAGYST detected infectious agents and accurately differentiated between rod and cocci bacteria1

  • VETSCAN IMAGYST precision rate for identifying infectious agents was up to 80%§
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  • Comprehensive evaluation of the scan area by the VETSCAN IMAGYST AI dermatology algorithm correctly classified elements on some slides in which elements were not detected by the expert clinical pathologists

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§Defined as the number of true positives divided by true positives plus false positives.

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The microscopic findings from a cytological evaluation should always be interpreted considering the clinical findings3

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*Option to send digital slide image to our network of clinical pathologists as needed. Additional costs may apply.

The use of VETSCAN® FUSE plus at least one Zoetis Diagnostics instrument or service, such as VETSCAN IMAGYST, required.

Cytopoint Indications

Cytopoint has been shown to be effective for the treatment of dogs against allergic dermatitis and atopic dermatitis.

Apoquel Indications

Control of pruritus associated with allergic dermatitis and control of atopic dermatitis in dogs at least 12 months of age.

Apoquel Important Safety Information

Do not use Apoquel in dogs less than 12 months of age or those with serious infections. Apoquel may increase the chances of developing serious infections, and may cause existing parasitic skin infestations or pre-existing cancers to get worse. Consider the risks and benefits of treatment in dogs with a history of recurrence of these conditions. New neoplastic conditions (benign and malignant) were observed in clinical studies and post-approval. Apoquel has not been tested in dogs receiving some medications including some commonly used to treat skin conditions such as corticosteroids and cyclosporines. Do not use in breeding, pregnant, or lactating dogs. Most common side effects are vomiting and diarrhea. Apoquel has been used safely with many common medications including parasiticides, antibiotics and vaccines.

For more information, please see the full Prescribing Information.

References: 1. Data on file, Study No. D870R-US-22-053, 2023, Zoetis Inc. 2. Nationwide. Skin allergies, ear infections among most common conditions that prompt veterinary visits. Accessed November 15, 2022. https://news.nationwide.com/032822-most-common-conditions-that-prompt-veterinary-visits. 3. Fisher D. Cutaneous and subcutaneous lesions. In: Cowell RL, Valenciano AC. Cowell and Tyler’s Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Dog and Cat. 5th ed. Elsevier; 2019:74-101.

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