Dr. Allison Gedney, D.V.M.Clinical Trials Intern
The first time I thought about being a veterinarian, I think I was in third grade. I remember talking with my friend about our of future career options. For me those included Olympic athlete, artist, and veterinarian. As time went on and I realized the limits of my athletic and artistic talents, I started to focus on veterinary medicine.
I grew up in Delaware with primarily with my mom and animal siblings. The first 8 years of my life I just had dogs, but when I was in 4th grade, a cat adopted us. Since then, I’ve maintained a mixture of both dogs and cats in my life.
While in my junior year of high school a childhood friend passed away from leukemia. His death prompted my interest in oncology and while I knew I wanted to work in veterinary medicine, I tailored some of my undergraduate course work so I could take a graduate level course in cancer biology. This is when I first became intrigued with the idea of translational medicine.
Following undergrad, I started vet school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts. During that year, I unfortunately lost my aunt to breast cancer and a college friend to a brain tumor as well. At that point, I knew I wanted to specialize in veterinary oncology so I decided to transfer to Oklahoma State University to finish my doctor of veterinary medicine and start learning more about the field of veterinary oncology. After completing my degree, I completed a 1 year rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware followed by a comprehensive oncology intern ship at the University of Pennsylvania.
In my free time, I run, preferably in a place where I can see cows. I started running at the age of nine and haven’t stopped. I love spending time outside and photography. I have a dog named Lizzie (Elizabeth when she’s in trouble), a cat name RJ, and another ironically named cat who goes by Tiny Kitten.
I’m excited to join the Clinical Trials team at the Flint Animal Cancer Center because I consider CSU to be the “mecca of veterinary oncology.” While I’ve only been here a short time, I’m impressed with the variety of studies offered and a little overwhelmed by all of the paperwork. Patient care is my primary job – making sure our clinical trials patients are feeling well. I’m looking forward to learning more about clinical trials and continuing to learn more about the oncology service. In terms of what is next, I’m open to wherever life takes me to pursue a residency in veterinary oncology.