Meet the Veterinarians


Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM and Dr. Susan Ettinger, DVM Dip. ACVIM (Oncology) co-authored the book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity.

In this video, you can learn a little about their backgrounds and their different perspectives on treating dog cancer. Those perspectives come together and are part of the Full Spectrum approach offered in the book and the videos on this site.

More About the Veterinarians


Demian Dressler

Demian Dressler, DVM

Dr. Demian Dressler is internationally recognized as “the dog cancer vet” because of his innovations in the field of dog cancer management, and the popularity of his blog, The owner of South Shore Veterinary Care, a full-service veterinary hospital in Maui, Hawaii, Dr. Dressler studied Animal Physiology and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. After practicing at Killewald Animal Hospital in Amherst, New York, he returned to his home state, Hawaii, to practice at the East Honolulu Pet Hospital before heading home to Maui to open his own hospital. Dr. Dressler consults both dog lovers and veterinary professionals, and is sought after as a speaker on topics ranging from the links between lifestyle choices and disease, nutrition and cancer, and animal ethics. His television appearances include “Ask the Vet” segments on local news programs. Dr. Dressler is the cofounder of Functional Nutriments, LLC, a nutraceutical company, and is the inventor of Apocaps, the first clinical apoptogen formula. Dr. Dressler is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Avian Veterinarians, the National Animal Supplement Council and CORE (Comparative Orthopedic Research Evaluation). He is also an advisory board member for Pacific Primate Sanctuary. He and his wife, Allison, live on Maui, Hawaii, with their dog, Bjorn, and their cat, Ginsu.


Susan Ettinger, DVMSusan Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology)

Dr. Susan Ettinger is a staff medical oncologist at Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, New York, and board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology). After earning a B.S. in biology at Tufts University, she received a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. She completed her small animal medicine and surgery internship before joining the Department of Radiation Oncology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, as a research associate and investigator in a five-year NIH program project grant. Dr. Ettinger was also an instructor in the Department of Molecular Medicine and an oncology associate with the Comparative Cancer Program at Cornell. During her residency in medical oncology at The Animal Medical Center in New York City she conducted research in soft tissue sarcomas in dogs. Dr. Ettinger served as a staff oncologist at South Bay Veterinary Associates in San Jose, California, and affiliated with the Veterinary Tumor Institute, a radiation oncology facility in Santa Cruz. After relocating to New York, she became a staff oncologist at Long Island Veterinary Specialists before rejoining Animal Specialty Center. Her clinical interests are lymphoma, mast cell tumors, leukemias, and sarcomas in dogs and cats. She is well-known for compassionate, comprehensive cancer management with a focus on quality of life and palliative care. She and her husband, Kerry, who is also a veterinarian, live with their two sons, their dog, Matilda, and two cats, Jeter and Raziel, in New York.