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Meet Dr. Ettinger

Dr. Susan Ettinger, DVM, ACVIM (Oncology), is co-author of the brand-new Second Edition of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide.

Dr. Sue Ettinger is a staff medical oncologist with Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, NY.

She is co-author of the recently published book, The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. She was also been honored in 2011 as one of The Business Council of Westchester’s ‘Rising Stars 40 Under 40′ for her professional accomplishments and leadership qualities.

Dr. Sue attended Tufts University where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1994, and then graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Dr. Ettinger then completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery followed by a comprehensive two-year residency in medical oncology at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. During her residency, she was awarded the Connie E. Leifer Memorial Award for her outstanding research project and presentation on vaccine-associated sarcomas in cats. She also conducted research in soft tissue sarcomas in dogs.

Following her residency, Dr. Ettinger served as a staff oncologist in private practice at South Bay Veterinary Associates in San Jose, CA, and was also affiliated with the Veterinary Tumor Institute, a radiation oncology facility in Santa Cruz, CA. After 3 years on the “left coast”, Dr. Ettinger relocated back to her home state of New York and was the staff oncologist at Long Island Veterinary Specialists before joining the Animal Specialty Center in 2008.

Prior to her residency, Dr. Ettinger was a research associate in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. She was an investigator in a five-year NIH program project grant which investigated the use of hyperthermia as an adjuvant to radiotherapy in dogs with spontaneous soft tissue sarcomas. This was a joint study with canine patients at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She gained experience with state-of-the-art imaging, including MRI, spectroscopy, positron emission tomography, and was also involved in pilot studies with thermosensitive lipsomes in dogs and heat-induced gene therapy in cats. Dr. Ettinger has also served as an instructor in the Department of Molecular Medicine and as an oncology associate with the Comparative Cancer Program at Cornell University.

Dr. Ettinger is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology). Her clinical interests are lymphoma, mast cell tumors, and chemotherapy, but she also embraces integrative patient care. She is also interested in palliative care, keeping dogs and cats more comfortable. With training and experience in conventional options such as chemotherapy and CyberKnife RadioSurgery, she also supports a holistic approach with dietary changes and supplements.

Dr. Sue’s focus is to provide compassionate and comprehensive management of pets with cancer. She strives to ensure that her patients lead active, normal lives while undergoing treatment and after. It is not just important to live longer but to live well.

Dr. Sue lives in the Hudson Valley north of New York City with husband, a veterinary internist, their two young boys, their black Labrador Matilda, and 2 cats, Jeter and Raziel. She enjoys cooking, exploring the local villages in the Hudson Valley, exercising, reading her New York Times, and yoga.

Currently, Dr. Ettinger is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology), and she is 1 of approximately 300 board-certified veterinary specialists in medical oncology in North America.

You can also find Dr. Ettinger on Facebook and her website.

About the Author: Dog Cancer Vet Team


There is a whole team of dog lovers behind Dog Cancer Vet and DogCancerBlog.com, and we're here to help, because we understand what it's like to deal with dog cancer. We publish the Dog Cancer Kit, which includes paperback and digital copies of the best-selling animal health book Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog's Life Quality and Longevity, which is written by our veterinarian bloggers Dr. Demian Dressler, and Dr. Susan Ettinger, DVM, ACVIM (Oncology). It also includes "Ask Dr. Dressler" webinars going back to March of 2009, the mp3 audiobook The Dog Cancer Coping Guide, and for a limited time, a free bonus coupon good on Amazon.com for $30 off Apocaps.