Cheryl London, DVM, PhD, ACVIM (Oncology) is a Research Professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and Tufts Medical School. She has an active laboratory research program centered on comparative and translational oncology and is involved in the training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. London recently joined the Clinical Trials Office at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center as its Director to expand operations and enhance capacity and breadth of trials performed in client-owned animals. Dr. London was the Shackelford Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University (OSU) for 10 years before joining Cummings School. Prior to her time at OSU, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences at the University of California, Davis.
Dr. Wood is a 1992 graduate of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation she completed an internship at the University of Georgia in small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Wood finished her residency in medical oncology at Tufts University in 1996 and received her board certification in 1997. Following her residency she spent several years at the University of Minnesota followed by time at a private referral practice outside of Washington, D.C. She then moved back to Massachusetts to be nearer to family and friends and spent five years at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston followed by time working in New Hampshire and the Metrowest area. Desiring to spend less time commuting and more time teaching and with family, Dr. Wood is excited to be returning to Tufts in their well respected oncology department. In her free time Dr. Wood enjoys spending time with her family and their many pets. She enjoys downhill skiing, hiking and volunteering as a puppy raiser with a local service dog organization. Her special areas of interest include hematologic malignancies, clinical trials and working with industry to develop new cancer treatments for companion animals.
Heather Gardner, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) is a medical oncologist who recently joined the Clinical Trials Office at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She received her veterinary degree from Washington State University in 2011 prior to completing a rotating internship at VCA Alameda East in Colorado. Dr. Gardner subsequently completed specialty internships in oncology at the University of Florida and clinical trials at The Ohio State University prior to pursuing a medical oncology residency at The Ohio State University, where she began her graduate research before joining us at Tufts. She is active in comparative and translational cancer research, with a focus on using cancer genetics to develop new treatment strategies for animals with cancer.
Diane is a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) with more than 35 years of experience in the field of animal medicine. After receiving her degree in veterinary technology from Becker Junior College, she spent 16 years working in private practice at Littleton Animal Hospital and Abbott Animal Hospital prior to joining Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 1998. She has held numerous roles during her tenure at Cummings School, from treating critically ill and emergency patients in the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Room to performing hemodialysis treatments on renal service patients and being responsible for the Tufts University blood bank. Now as the Clinical Trial Coordinator for the Clinical Trials Office, she spends her days working on the various clinical trials and providing oversight of office operations. In her free time, Diane enjoys sewing, reading and spending time with her family. She has owned golden retrievers, cats and a rabbit over the years, and currently has two cats, Ralph and Marty.
Kim is a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) with a bachelor’s degree in veterinary science from Becker College and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. With over 12 years of experience as a CVT, Kim has also been certified as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (Anesthesia/Analgesia) since 2008 and has extensive experience with large and small animals, as well as exotics. After working within Cummings Veterinary Medical Center's Anesthesia Service from 2003-2012, Kim moved with her husband, who was in the Army, to San Antonio, Texas, where she completed graduate school, and then lived in Seoul, Korea for over two years. In August 2017, Kim returned to Cummings Veterinary Medical Center, joining the Clinical Trials Office. Kim has two dogs and two young boys. In her free time, she enjoys travel, reading, yoga, crafts, and spending time with family and friends.
Gretchen McLinden, DVM is a graduate of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, class of 2019. After graduation, she went on to complete a rotating internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in New York City. With a strong interest in medical oncology, Dr. McLinden is excited to return back to Cummings School to complete a specialty internship with the Clinical Trials Office, focusing on caring for the patients enrolled in the oncology clinical trials. In her free time, Dr. McLinden enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her tortoise-shell calico, Shenzi.
Jen is a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) with over 20 years of experience as a laboratory animal technician and a small animal general practice technician. She graduated from Becker College with an A.S. in Veterinary Technology in 2002 and passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam in 2004. More recently, Jen graduated from Worcester State University in 2017, where she earned a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Secondary Education, all while continuing to work in the veterinary field. Jen joined the Clinical Trials Office at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center in November 2019. She enjoys spending time with her family, including a black Labrador named Luka, adding to her mineral and fossil collection, hiking, and reading.
Kady is a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) with almost a decade of veterinary experience, and many years of shelter volunteering. Kady has extensive experience with small animals, as well as experience working with horses, marine mammals, and sea turtles. After achieving bachelor's degrees in marine biology and chemistry from Roger Williams University in 2008, she started her vet tech career as an overnight Inpatient/Emergency and Critical Care tech at a large referral hospital. After five years practicing in the ECC, ophthalmology, and neurology services, she moved to Scotland for a year to pursue a Master's of Research (MRes) in Marine Mammal Research at the University of St Andrews, which she completed in 2014. Kady joined the Neurology and Neurosurgery Service at another large specialty and referral practice in 2016, where she split her time between performing anesthesia and running appointments. She joined the Clinical Trials Office at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in August 2020, where she primarily helps run the Clinical Science Research Lab. In her free time, she likes hiking, biking, dancing, trying to improve her banjo playing, and relaxing with her cats.