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Meet the Oncology Team

Allison Barbour, DVM

Cleveland State University/Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2021

Specialty Training
Angell Animal Medical Center, Oncology Internship, 2021-2022

Kristine Burgess, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Medical Oncology)


Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, DVM, 1997
Harvard University, MLA, 1991
University of Massachusetts, BS, 1988


American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Oncology (ACVIM)

J. Lee Talbott, DVM, DACVIM (Medical Oncology)

Dr. Talbott earned her veterinary degree from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 followed by a small animal rotating internship in Denver, Colorado at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital from 2011-2012. Dr. Talbott received advanced training in medical oncology at the University of Florida, as part of a comprehensive oncology department that combined the use of surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and medical oncologists – one of only two academic training programs in the U.S. at that time to offer this type of oncologic training.

Dr. Talbott was board certified in medical oncology in 2016 and is passionate about collaborating with the expanding team of Angell Oncologists to provide the highest level of care using a multi-modal, comprehensive treatment approach. It is an exciting time to be in the field of veterinary oncology especially with the advancement of molecularly targeted drug therapy and other novel therapies to complement our more traditional treatments for cancer in companion animals. Outside of work, Dr. Talbott enjoys paddle boarding, CrossFit, and spending time with her family.

Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2011
Pennsylvania State University, BS in Animal Sciences, 2004

University of Florida, Residency in Medical Oncology, 2012-2015
Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 2011-2012


Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Medical Oncology), 2016

Jillian Walz, DVM, DACVIM (Medical Oncology), DACVR (Radiation Oncology)

Dr. Jillian Walz earned her veterinary degree from Ohio State University, and went on to do a rotating internship at The Animal Medical Center. After completing a medical oncology residency at University of Minnesota, she became board certified in medical oncology. Dr. Walz then returned to Ohio State and completed an additional residency in radiation oncology. In the clinic, her goal is to use both her medical oncology and radiation oncology training to generate a comprehensive treatment plan for each patient. She has extensive training in advanced radiotherapy techniques such as volumetric arc therapy (VMAT), intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT/SBRT).Outside of work, Dr. Walz enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and flying trapeze.

Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2013

Specialty Training
Ohio State University, Veterinary Medical Center, Residency in Radiation Oncology, 2017-2019
University of Minnesota, Veterinary Medical Center, Residency in Medical Oncology, 2014-2017
The Elmer & Mamdouha Bobst Veterinary Teaching Hospital, The Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 2013-2014

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Radiation Oncology), 2019
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Medical Oncology), 2017

Kaitlyn Kennedy, Radiation Therapy Assistant

Katie grew up in Verona, VA and graduated from University of New England in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology. She joined the team here at Angell in May 2017. While not at work, she plays rugby with the Charles River team and enjoys spending time with her Caique parrot.

Jessica McMurrer, CVT, Radiation Therapy Anesthesia Technician

Juliana Nader, Oncology Assistant

Juliana graduated from Emmanuel College in 2020 with a degree in Neuroscience and Biology. She then joined the Oncology team at Angell with plans to apply for a veterinary program in the future. In her spare time, she likes to teach cello, draw, and sit by a campfire. She currently lives with her cat, dog, and axolotl.

Todd Daniels, Client Care Coordinator, Oncology

Todd began working at Angell in December of 2011 after working for over eleven years as a manager and diving instructor at a scuba diving store. Todd began his work with us as a Primary Care Attendant, he then moved on to work as a Critical Care Unit Attendant and an Inpatient Assistant before taking his current role in June of 2016. Todd joined the Client Care Coordinator team to work with the Surgery, Oncology, and General Medicine services.  In his spare time, Todd still enjoys scuba diving and teaching new diving students.  He also enjoys spending time with his two “kids,” a Black Lab named Jack and a Bassett Hound named Sarge.  Todd is a hopeless television-aholic and does not plan to seek treatment.

Kerianne Durgin, Client Care Coordinator, Oncology, Avian and Exotics

Kerianne first joined Angell in 2017 as a Client Care Specialist. In August 2018, she moved to her current positon as a Client Care Coordinator, working with our Oncology and Avian/Exotic services. Kerianne graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 with a Business and Sociology Degree. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, traveling, and most of all spending time with her Pit Bull, Mylee.

Rachael Donnelly, Oncology Secretary

After her cat was treated by the emergency department at Angell, Rachael began volunteering at the hospital and joined the staff as a Client Liaison in February of 2012. She moved to her current role as Oncology Secretary in September of 2017. Rachael lives in Boston with her two cats, Manny and Oliver, and her dachshund Special Agent Dale Cooper.  Outside of work, she enjoys surfing and playing on the beach with her dog.

To make an appointment with or refer a client to the Oncology service please call 617 541-5136. 

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