Susan Ettinger, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, DACVIM/Oncology


Susan Ettinger, DVM DACVIM (Oncology)

Dr. Sue Ettinger, DVM, ACVIM (Oncology), is a boarded veterinary medical cancer specialist. As a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology), she is 1 of approximately 300 board-certified veterinary specialists in medical oncology in North America. Dr. Ettinger has most recently been a cancer specialist at the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, New York.

Dr. Sue's mission is promoting awareness and education about cancer in pets.

Also known as Dr Sue Cancer Vet, she is a book author, radio co-host, and an advocate of early cancer detection and raising cancer awareness. Dr. Sue is the co-author of the Second Edition of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide and co-host of The Pet Cancer Vet, an internet radio show on Dr. Ettinger is a Certified Veterinary Journalist, accredited by the American Society of Veterinary Journalists (ASVJ). Since 2011, Dr. Ettinger has also been a regular contributor to the blog,

There are many myths and misconceptions about cancer in dogs and cats. Most cancers are treatable, and there are a variety of treatment options. Dr. Sue's focus is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care. She strives to minimize side effects, from the cancer itself and treatment, to help her patients lead active, normal lives even while undergoing treatment. Her motto is live longer, live well.

Dr. Sue is passionate about early cancer detection and diagnosis, and she has developed See Something, Do Something©, a cancer awareness initiative for skin and superficial tumors in dogs and cats. See Something, Do Something© is a set of guidelines for pet owners and veterinarians to help identify the best management for skin and subcutaneous (under the skin) masses in dogs and cats. Masses must be sampled and evaluated under a microscope to determine what they are. The sooner we determine whether a mass is cancerous and should be removed, the better for our pets. Most skin and subcutaneous tumors can be cured if diagnosed early when masses are small. Early detection saves lives.

A native of Long Island, New York, Dr. Sue knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was in kindergarten. She earned her veterinary degree in 1998 from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed a residency in medical oncology at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 2003. She lives in Westchester, New York, with her husband, a veterinary internist, their two sons, their goofy black Labrador, Matilda, and their dog-loving orange cat, Jeter.

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