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Meet the dedicated staff in the Clinical Trials Office at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center

Dr. Cheryl London

Cheryl London, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology)

Clinical Trials Director

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 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.

Heather Gardner posing with her dog

Assistant Research Professor

Heather Gardner, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) is a medical oncologist who recently joined the Clinical Trials Office at. 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.

Natalie Smith headshot
3 dogs standing on the grass all looking straight ahead
Diane Welsh

Clinical Trials Intern

Natalie Smith, DVM, is a graduate of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University (class of 2020). After graduation, she completed a rotating internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With a strong interest in medical oncology, Dr. Smith is excited to return to Tufts to complete a specialty internship with the Clinical Trials Office, focusing on caring for patients enrolled in Oncology clinical trials. In her free time, Dr. Smith enjoys cooking, going to sports games, and spending time with her partner (also a veterinarian), two dogs (Wendy and Wylie), and two cats (Schmitt and Arthur Morgan).

Timothy Biggs, CVT

Sr. Resident Veterinary Technician

Tim has been a veterinary Technician since 1987, graduating from Newbury College. Tim worked in private practice for a short time before joining the anesthesia department at Tufts in 1988-1991. In 1991 Tim moved to Florida, to work at the University of Florida in both Large and small animal anesthesia 1991-1996, he then spent the next 25 years working in private equine practices in Ocala Florida. Eventually returning to Tufts anesthesia department in 2011. Tim then joined the Clinical Trials Office in 2020. Tim is an avid tennis player and likes to travel. Tim and his husband have three large dogs and an African grey parrot that keeps them very entertained.

Diane Welsh, CVT

Clinical Trials Veterinary Technician/Coordinator

Diane is a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) with more than 40 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 Majoy, certified veterinary technician, posing for a picture

Kimberly Majoy, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia), MPH

Clinical Trials Veterinary Technician

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 20 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 Foster Hospital's Anesthesia Service from 2003-2012, Kim moved 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 School of Veterinary Medicine 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.

Kerri Forrester, certified veterinary technician posing for a picture

Kerri Forrester, CVT

Clinical Trials Veterinary Technician

Kerri is a certified veterinary technician with over 25 years of experience in small animal medicine. She started her career in the early 90s at a local boarding kennel and eventually worked as a technician at VCA Westboro Animal Hospital where she spent 14 years in general practice providing wellcare, surgery, and dental care to small animals. She then worked at Tufts Lerner Clinic from 2012-2018 where she instructed veterinary students anesthesia and surgery prep and worked in high-volume surgery and community cat clinics. In 2018, she worked at the Animal Rescue League of Boston as the Community and Shelter Medicine Operations Manager and Wellness Waggin' Coordinator where she provided wellcare services and surgery to community animals. She recently came back to Tufts and is now working as a CVT in the Clinical Trials Office. When not working, Kerri enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 girls, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, and a bearded dragon. Kerri's hobbies include hiking, camping, canoeing, cooking, and getting to the ocean whenever she can.

Kady Marino, certified veterinary technician posing for a picture

Kady Marino, CVT

Clinical Trials Veterinary Technician

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 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.