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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College

Professional Qualifications

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, DACVIM
Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Radiology, DACVR

Current Research Interests

Comparative medical and radiation oncology and and the development of novel methods to predict or improve response in companion animals.

Research Interests

My research interests involve the development of comparative oncology models primarily involving spontaneous tumours that develop in companion dogs. The dog is an excellent translational model for the investigation of cancer etiology, biologic behaviour, and therapeutic intervention. While murine models provide valuable research insight, the canine model offers a unique opportunity to study a relatively outbred, immunocompetent animal with a spontaneously occurring tumour. Clinical trials in companion animals often provide relatively rapid assessment of endpoints and may feed information directly into ongoing trials in both humans and animals.

My particular interest lies in radiation oncology and I am interested in determining methods of improving radiation cell kill in tumours (radiation sensitization), methods of sparing normal tissue (often adjacent to tumour) and imaging methods to better determine tumour targets and response to therapy.

Administrative Roles

Oncology Service


Jessica graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2003 and immediately participated in a small animal internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists. Jessica subsequently received advanced training in both radiation and medical oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Radiology (DACVR-Radiation Oncology) in 2006 and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM-Oncology) in 2009.

She spent 3 years at the University of Georgia as an Assistant Professor of Oncology before accepting the position as Head of Oncology at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Jessica has a strong interest in comparative oncology, and she aims to provide excellent quality of life for both clients and pets with cancer.

Highlighted research outputs

  1. Assessment of GS-9219 in a Pet Dog Model of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Cytotoxic Effects of Loperamide Hydrochloride on Canine Cancer Cells

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Vinorelbine rescue therapy for dogs with primary urinary bladder carcinoma

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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