Ruthanne Chun, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), Clinical Professor

Department of Medical Sciences
Office: 2170B

Ruthanne Chun, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), Clinical Professor

Titles and Education

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


I am interested in adult learning principles and how to apply them in the veterinary medical field. I am also part of a team that is looking into why the veterinary medical profession has such a high suicide rate; trying to understand what internal and external factors may play a role in this disturbing trend.


Administrative: Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Director of UW Veterinary Care
Clinical oncology: 4th year clinical rotation.
Clinical communication skills: Mandatory lectures in 1st and 2nd years, elective courses in the 3rd and 4th years.

Clinical Interests

I am particularly interested in improving communication skills as a way to enhance the professional relationship with clients as well as other veterinary professionals.

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. Luethcke KR, Ekena J, Chun R, Trepanier L. Glutathione S-transferase theta genotypes and environmental exposures in the risk of canine transitional cell carcinoma. JVIM 33:1414-1422, 2019
  2. Alvarez E, Gilles W, Lygo-Baker S, Chun R. WisCARES: An Innovative Model for Teaching Communication, Clinical Problem Solving, and Cultural Humility to Veterinary Medical Students. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. Published on-line April 2019
  3. Nicoletti R, Chun R, Curran KM, et al. Postsurgical outcome in cats with exocrine pancreatic carcinoma nine cases (2007-2016). Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 54:291-295, 2018
  4. Shaffer K, Bach J, Chun R. Prospective study evaluating the incidence of bactereia and bacteruria in afebrile and febrile neutropenic dogs undergoing chemotherapy. Veterinary Medicine and Science, 2:281-294, 2016
  5. Ginn J, Sacco J, Wong YY, Motsinger-Reif A, Chun R, Trepanier LA. Positive association between a glutathione-S-transferase polymorphism and lymphoma in dogs. Vet Comp Oncol, e-pub, 2012
  6. Armbrust L, Biller DS, Bamford A, Chun R, Garrett L, Sanderson M. Comparison of thoracic radiograph and computed tomography for detection of pulmonary nodules in dogs with neoplasia. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 240:1088-1094, 2012