Marie Janson, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University 2001
Master of Science, Colorado State University 2005
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology) 2005
• Why did you first become a veterinarian? It has been a dream of mine since childhood, as I have always been fascinated by animals, wild and domestic. I then discovered my love for infectious disease, pathology, immunology and problem solving in young adulthood which affirmed this path for me.
• I always knew I wanted to be a veterinarian and even learned how to spell it in kindergarten! I had a tough childhood with divorced parents and a lot of moving around. Thankfully, animals were always present in my life during those difficult times and provided a sense of peace and unconditional love when I needed it most.
• What motivates you to go above and beyond basic pet care with the services and approach you provide?
• I love what I do for a living! One of my favorite parts of my job is forming a relationship with the vets, animals and pet owners. That moment you see peace and understanding replace fear and grief is what I strive for with every interaction by educating and connecting.
• If I am a first-time referring pcDVMs, what can I expect when consulting with you?
• You can expect that I will be fully prepared for our consultation by providing a thorough analysis of your patient’s medical history and diagnostics. I will provide practical options and predicted outcomes to follow so you can provide your clients with the most up-to-date treatment options and outcome data available. Together, we will come up with a cancer fighting plan that will be best for your client and pet. I love to teach and listen to your needs and will be here for you when you need me!
• Why do pet owners & pcDVMs continue to come back to seek your advice for their pet care needs?
• I am a very good listener and I love to teach! I provide practical advice, encouragement and have over 15 years of experience as a Board Certified Veterinary Oncologist. I am enthusiastic about providing a team approach which includes the specialist, primary veterinarian and pet owner, to provide the best outcome to each and every oncology case.
• What are the specific services or areas of expertise can you help pcDVMs with?
• I love cytology, cancer hunts, treating paraneoplastic syndromes, labwork interpretation and palliative care. I believe there is always something we can do to improve the quality of life for a pet with cancer. I will work closely with you to find that individualized treatment option for your client.
• What is your approach to teamwork and communication?
• I believe that every cancer case requires a team approach for the best outcome. I like to refer to it as the pet’s “cancer fighting team”. That team consists of the pet parent, the primary care veterinarian and the specialist. Everyone has to be on board with and understand all the treatment options. Communication is the key to mutual understanding.
• If you could only describe yourself with three words, which would you choose?
• Authentic, passionate, caring
• Do you have a mantra or philosophy you that you live by?
• “If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.” Sharing a smile is a beautiful gift and a unique connection that builds trust. I hope we can see eachother on a video call soon!