Dr. Stefan HOBI

Specialist in Dermatology, Dip. ECVD and AiCVD
HK registered & European recognized Specialist in Dermatology
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, City University of Hong Kong

Dr. Hobi graduated from the Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Switzerland in 2007. After two years as a veterinary assistant, and a doctoral thesis about hypersensitivity disorders in cats, he completed a 15-month internship in a large small animal hospital in Switzerland. To bring his great passion closer, he then commenced a three-year residency in animal dermatology at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. During this time he not only met other members of our staff, the lovely Peter Holler and Julia Simak, but unfortunately also some unpopular parasites and microorganisms which now also belong to his friendship circle.

Besides this, Stefan was also involved in teaching of students, interns and doctoral students. He also gives dermatology lectures to private practitioners all over the world, most outstandingly at a symposium of the World Congress in Veterinary Dermatology in Vancouver, Canada.

He has authored and published multiple articles and case reports in veterinary and human dermatology journals and is also a reviewer of the international Veterinary Dermatology journal.

Dr Hobi emphasizes that it is very important to him not only taking care about all the different skin and ear problems but also to make those diseases more understandable for the owners.

Veterinary dermatology does not only mean steroids and antibiotics but also a wide range of other possibilities and procedures similar to human medicine, which he now wants to introduce to Hong Kong.

​As typical Swiss, Stefan loves eating cheese and chocolate but to stay in good shape he also does some sports. In addition he enjoys going to the cinema, spending some time with his friends and family members, and travelling.


  • Role of the environment in the development of canine atopic dermatitis in Labrador and golden retrievers.
    Meury S, Molitor V, Doherr MG, Roosje P, Leeb T, Hobi S, Wilhelm S, Favrot C. Vet Dermatol. 2011 Aug;22(4):327-34.
  • Clinical characteristics and causes of pruritus in cats: a multicentre study on feline hypersensitivity-associated dermatoses.
    Hobi S, Linek M, Marignac G, Olivry T, Beco L, Nett C, Fontaine J, Roosje P, Bergvall K, Belova S, Koebrich S, Pin D, Kovalik M, Meury S, Wilhelm S, Favrot C. Vet Dermatol. 2011 Oct;22(5):406-13.
  • Establishment of diagnostic criteria for feline nonflea-induced hypersensitivity dermatitis.
    Favrot C, Steffan J, Seewald W, Hobi S, Linek M, Marignac G, Olivry T, Beco L, Nett C, Fontaine J, Roosje P, Bergvall K, Belova S, Koebrich S, Pin D, Kovalik M, Meury S, Wilhelm S. Vet Dermatol. 2012 Feb;23(1):45-50.
  • Adverse food reactions in dogs and cats, clinical signs
    Hobi S CanadianVet; Vol 7; No 5; Sept/Oct 2012.
  • Efficacy and safety of rush immunotherapy with alum-precipitated allergens in canine atopic dermatitis.
    Hobi S, Mueller RS. Tierarztl Prax Ausg K Kleintiere Heimtiere. 2014;42(3):167-73.
  • Neurogenic inflammation and colliquative lymphadenitis with persistant orthopox virus DNA detection in a human case of cowpox virus infection transmitted by a domestic cat.
    Hobi S, Mueller RS, Hill M, Nitsche A, Löscher T, Guggemos W, Ständer S, Rjosk-Dendorfer D, Wollenberg A. Br J Dermatol. 2015 Aug;173(2):535-9.
  • Mycobacterium avium subspecies hominissuis infection in a dog from Germany with multifocal alopecia, exfoliative dermatitis, hypercalcaemia and subsequent sebaceous atrophy.
    Hobi S, Bettenay S, Mueller RS, Majzoub M, Moser I. Vet Rec Case Rep2015; 3.
  • The effects of a topical lipid complex therapy on dogs with atopic dermatitis: a double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study.
    Hobi S, Klinger C, Classen J, Mueller RS. Vet Dermatol. 2017 Feb 20.
  • Vitamin D shows in vivo efficacy in a placebo-controlled, double-blinded, randomised clinical trial on canine atopic dermatitis.
    Klinger CJ1, Hobi S1, Johansen C1, Koch HJ2, Weber K1, Mueller RS1. Vet Rec. 2018.
  • Successful Management of feline pemphigus foliaceus with pentoxifylline and topical hydrocortisone aceponate.
    Hobi S, Beatty JA, Sandy JR, Barrs VR. Vet Med Sci. 2022 Feb 25.
  • Malassezia: Zoonotic Implications, Parallels and Differences in Colonization and Disease in Humans and Animals.
    Hobi S, Cafarchia C, Romano V, Barrs VR. Malassezia: Journal of Fungi. 2022 Jul;8(7):708.
  • Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome: much more than a surgical problem.
    Mitze S, Barrs VR, Beatty JA, Hobi S, Bęczkowski PM. Veterinary Quarterly. 2022 Nov:1-7.
  • Dermatological Problems of Brachycephalic Dogs.
    Hobi S, Barrs VR, Bęczkowski PM. Animals. 2023 Jun 16;13(12):2016.
  • Invasive fungal infections and oomycoses in cats 2. Antifungal therapy.
    Barrs VR, Hobi S, Wong A, Sandy J, Shubitz LF, Bęczkowski PM. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. 2024 Jan;26(1):1098612X231220047.
  • Invasive fungal infections and oomycoses in cats: 1. Diagnostic approach.
    Barrs VR, Beczkowski PM, Talbot JJ, Hobi S, Teoh SN, Hernandez Muguiro D, Shubitz LF, Sandy J. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. 2024 Jan;26(1):1098612X231219696.
  • Malassezia dermatitis in dogs and cats
    Hobi S, Bęczkowski PM, Mueller R, Tse M, Barrs VR. The Veterinary Journal. 2024 Feb 29:106084.
  • Feline Facial Spindle Cell Tumors in 29 Cats: Histomorphological and Immunohistochemical Characterization
    Soto, S.; Blatter, S.; Hobi, S.; Steck, M.; Lechmann, J.; Rüfenacht, S.; Kühn, N.; Ruetten, M.; Ignatenko, N.; Krudewig, C. Animals 2024, 14, 1103.

Book Chapters

  • Advances in Veterinary Dermatology, Volume 7, Proceedings of the Seventh World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology, Vancouver, Canada, July 24-28, 2012, Work Shop Report: Challenges in Otitis