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Alex Pyuen

DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Dr. Alex Pyuen
Veterinary Specialist - Oncology
Dr. Alex Pyuen
After losing her father to multiple myeloma, a cancer of white blood cells, at the age of 11, Dr. Pyuen knew that she wanted to find a way to work to battle cancer in the years to come. With some added influence from her mother, the ultimate animal lover, her career choice was solidified at a young age – she would become a veterinarian. She obtained her bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin and was subsequently accepted to Colorado State University's DVM program for veterinary school. Concurrently with her DVM degree, she completed an NIH funded research project and completed a Masters degree in Cancer Biology. After completion of a year-long internship at the University of Georgia, she returned to CSU where she completed her residency in Medical Oncology.

Dr. Pyuen's favorite part of veterinary oncology is the ability to grow a relationship with a family and their four-legged children to fight an inherently unfair disease. Her philosophy while battling this disease is that every single pet, family, and cancer is different and therefore tailoring their treatment protocol to meet these unique needs is of the utmost importance. What is right for one pet and family may not be right for another, and she enjoys the challenge of finding the best treatment approach to meet the goals for all involved.

Outside of work, Dr. Pyuen enjoys hiking, camping, and adventuring with her fiancé, Gustavo, who is a board certified equine sports medicine clinician and professor at Texas A&M University. Her fur family includes two perfect rescued strays: the sweetest and snuggliest black lab, Miss Champ (who was found on the streets in Athens, GA, during her internship), and the fluffiest and bossiest Maine Coon cat named Kitters (who was found on the streets in Austin, TX, while she was an undergraduate).
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VCA Capital Area Veterinary Specialists is proud to offer excellent care with the following oncologic services:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Melanoma Vaccine
  • Foreign Body Retrieval
  • P.E.G. Tube Placement

What Is A Veterinary Oncologist?

A board certified veterinary oncologist is a veterinary internal medicine specialist who has also obtained additional training in veterinary oncology. A veterinary oncologist has specialized knowledge in the diagnosis of cancer, the staging of tumors, the development of treatment plans, and the administration of chemotherapy. When your pet is faced with cancer, a veterinary oncologist will typically work in concert with your pet's general practitioner veterinarian in order to obtain the best possible medical outcome for your pet. A veterinary oncologist can help your pet by developing treatment plans that incorporate one or all of the following options:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases like cancer require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in veterinary oncology.

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Oncologist?

Just as in humans, a pet with cancer typically needs the help of an oncologist to help diagnose and treat the disease. Veterinary oncologists determine the most appropriate course of treatment and coordinate the treatment program for pets with cancer. They also frequently serve as consultants to veterinarians in private practice to ensure that their patients receive the best treatment possible for their cancer. You can be assured that a veterinarian who refers you and your pet to a veterinary oncologist is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her illness.

While in some cases, your veterinarian may be able to simply consult with the veterinary oncologist about your pet's care, in other cases it is necessary to actually refer you and your pet to the veterinary oncologist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment. Board certified veterinary internists/oncologists may also have access to specialized diagnostic or treatment tools that a general practitioner veterinarian may not have.

My Pet Has Cancer. Now What?

Cancer does appear to be becoming more common in pets, most likely because they are simply living longer. The most important point to realize about this dreaded disease, however, is that just as in people, many forms of the disease can be easily treated, managed, and even cured. Early detection and specialized care are leading to increased survival and cure rates in almost all the types of cancers that afflict pets. From surgery to chemotherapy to radiation therapy, veterinary cancer specialists can offer your pet the very latest diagnostic and treatment options and the best chance of survival. With optimal treatment, cancer in many cases simply becomes another manageable chronic disease.

If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, it is important not to become overwhelmed. Ask your veterinarian to write down the most important points for you to review later. Although the disease is serious, treatment decisions generally do not need to be made quickly. If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, however, you will either want to have your general practice veterinarian work in consultation with a veterinary oncologist, or be referred to one of these specialists for your pet's treatment.

  • Common cancers
  • Skin tumors
  • Mammary tumors
  • Lymphosarcoma
  • Endocrine tumors
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Hemangiosarcoma

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

In most cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care and will work in tandem with the veterinary oncologist, veterinary radiation oncologist, and any other members of your pet's veterinary health care team.

Did You Know?

Dogs and cats have higher age adjusted incidence rates for many kinds of cancers than do humans. For example, dogs are 35 times more likely to get skin cancer than are humans. They suffer from 8 times the amount of bone cancer and 4 times the amount of breast cancer. However, humans are more likely to get lung and stomach cancers than pets.

VCA Capital Area Veterinary Specialists

7958 Shoal Creek Blvd.

Austin, TX 78757

Main: 512-388-0944

Fax: 512-610-2084

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Fri: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Sat-Sun: Closed

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