Dr. David Ruslander received his veterinary degree from Cornell University and began his career as an intern at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada. Dr. Ruslander developed an early interest in oncology and he completed a medical oncology residency at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. He first came to North Carolina in 1992 as a visiting assistant professor at the North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine in the medical oncology department. A desire for continued learning took him to the University of Zurich in Switzerland where he worked as an oncologist and received training in radiation oncology.
Dr. Ruslander was on the faculty at Tufts from 1997-2000 and then at NCSU from 2000-2004 before joining VSH. He is a past president of the Veterinary Cancer Society. Dr. Ruslander is board certified in both medical and radiation oncology. His primary interests involve their roles in the multimodality management of the veterinary cancer patient.
I became a veterinary specialist because my early experiences at Cornell indicated to me that there was a relative void in veterinary care for patients with cancer. Veterinary oncology during that time was not even a recognized specialty and there were many obstacles for patients with cancer including assess to care and lack of basic information about tumor behavior. I figured if no one knew anything about the field there would be opportunities in the future as veterinary medicine advanced.