Ruthanne Chun, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

Department of Medical Sciences
Office: 2062

Ruthanne Chun, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

Titles and Education

  1. Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Director of UW Veterinary Care
    University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  2. Clinical Professor, Oncology
    University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  3. Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology), 1997
  4. Residency in Oncology, 1992-1995
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  5. Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 1991-92 
    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  6. DVM, 1991
    University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  7. BS, 1987
    University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


Dr. Chun's research is most focused on better understanding how to improve access to veterinary medical care and how this impacts OneHealth, the idea that the health of animals and humans and the environment in which they live is intertwined.


Dr. Chun is the section head of medical oncology, co-chair of the professional development curriculum development working group, hospital lead on the remodel and new building project. and chief of Large Animal Services at the UW - School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Chun enjoys being a clinician in medical oncology and working with her patients and their people, as well as with their the referring veterinarians. She also enjoys being one of the communication training faculty at the SVM and working with the students to build their communication skills.

Personal Interests

True to my profession, I love all animals. My family has dogs, chickens, parrots, pocket pets, reptiles, and horses. Sadly, because of allergies, we can't have cats. 

Recent Publications

  1. Alvarez, E., Lygo-Baker, S., Schultz, K., Gilles, W., & Chun, R. (2021). Veterinary and Pharmacy Students' Expectations Before and Experiences After Participating in an Interdisciplinary Access to Care Veterinary Clinic, WisCARES. Journal of veterinary medical education, e20210006. Advance online publication.
  2. Bentley, E., Kellihan, H., Longhurst, C., & Chun, R. (2020). Effect of attire on client perceptions of veterinarians. Veterinary journal (London, England : 1997), 265, 105550.
  3. Morello, S. L., Colopy, S. A., Chun, R., & Buhr, K. A. (2020). Work, life, and the gender effect: Perspectives of ACVIM Diplomates in 2017. Part 2-The intersection of personal life and professional career. Journal of veterinary internal medicine34(5), 1837–1844.
  4. Luethcke, K. R., Ekena, J., Chun, R., & Trepanier, L. A. (2019). Glutathione S-transferase theta genotypes and environmental exposures in the risk of canine transitional cell carcinoma. Journal of veterinary internal medicine33(3), 1414–1422.
  5. Alvarez, E. E., Gilles, W. K., Lygo-Baker, S., & Chun, R. (2020). Teaching Cultural Humility and Implicit Bias to Veterinary Medical Students: A Review and Recommendation for Best Practices. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 47(1), 2–7.
  6. Nicoletti, R., Chun, R., Curran, K. M., de Lorimier, L. P., Morges, M. A., Rau, S., Zwahlen, C. H., & Thamm, D. H. (2018). Postsurgical Outcome in Cats with Exocrine Pancreatic Carcinoma: Nine Cases (2007-2016). Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association54(5), 291–295.