BRINGING COMFORT AND HOPE TO PATIENTS AND FAMILIES
“I have always been interested in oncology and the unique challenges it presents us as veterinarians,” said Wustefeld- Janssens, an assistant professor of surgical oncology. “The opportunity to provide comfort and hope to our patients and their families is very rewarding.”
He earned a veterinary degree at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and then completed an internship and surgical residency at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.
In 2017, Wustefeld-Janssens came to Texas A&M after finishing an elite fellowship in surgical oncology at Colorado State University, making him one of just two fellowship- trained surgical oncologists in Texas. He also is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and a recognized specialist in surgical oncology with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
RESEARCHING TREATMENTS AT THE MOLECULAR LEVEL
“Cancer develops spontaneously in dogs, just like in people, and our pets are often exposed to similar environmental risk factors as those associated with cancer in people,” Wustefeld-Janssens said. “Some cancers in dogs are indistinguishable from the same disease in people when the cells are looked at under the microscope.
While cancer in a pet is scary, there is always something that can be done.
“Many people are surprised to find out not only that dogs get cancer, but that many of the techniques and methods we use are identical to those used with people,” Wustefeld- Janssens said.
That’s why his group focuses on translational research and the unique opportunities that canine patients provide to study a disease so similar to that found in humans.