Our Team

Our Team

A portrait of Dr. BurtonJenna Burton, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)

vetclintrials@ucdavis.edu 

Dr. Burton is the director of the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials and a veterinary medical oncologist. She received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME and her DVM from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Dr. Burton then moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to complete a one-year rotating small animal internship followed by a residency in medical oncology at Colorado State University. She is board certified in oncology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Her primary research focus is comparative and translational oncology with a specific interest in canine lymphoma.


A portrait of Dr. GiuffridaMichelle Giuffrida, VMD, MSCE, DACVS

vetclintrials@ucdavis.edu 

Dr. Giuffrida is the associate director of the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials and a soft tissue surgeon. At the University of Pennsylvania, she completed undergraduate degree in 2001, her veterinary degree in 2007, and her masters in clinical epidemiology in 2015. Dr. Giuffrida then moved to Davis, CA to be an assistant professor in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She is board certified in veterinary surgery and a fellow of surgical oncology.

 

Chrissy Kinkade PortraitChrissy Kinkade, PhD

vetclintrials@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Kinkade is an analyst in the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland College Park in 2006, she received her doctoral degree in neuroscience from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. Dr. Kinkade then went to the University of California, Berkeley to be a research administrator until 2013 when she came to the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials.

 

A portrait of Ms. MunstermanChristine Munsterman, BS

vetclintrials@ucdavis.edu

Ms. Munsterman is the financial analyst at the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials.

 

 

 

 

A portrait of Ms. Kate HodgesKate Hodges, BA

vetclintrials@ucdavis.edu

Ms. Hodges is the clinical trial coordinator supervisor at the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials. After graduating from UC Davis in 2008, she went on to work in the Research Center at Essential Access Health. Ms. Hodges joined the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials team in 2019.

 

 

 

A portrait of Ms. Brittany SmithBrittany Smith

vetclintrials@ucdavis.edu

Ms. Smith is one of the clinical trial coordinator at the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials.

 

 

 

 

A portrait of Ms. Jully PiresJully Pires, RVT

vetclintrials@ucdavis.edu

While attending junior college, she was a technician assistant at a private veterinary practice in Modesto. Ms Pires acquired her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 2011 and graduated from University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, with emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior.  After graduating, she worked as a technician in emergency care, dentistry, general practice and specialty surgery while employed at VCA Loomis Basin and then as a laboratory research assistant at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine under Dr. Chen Gilor. In 2019, Ms. Pires joined the UC Davis Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials team as a clinical trial coordinator.

 

A portrait of Ms. Jacque YoungJacque Young, RVT

vetclintrials@ucdavis.edu

In 1994, Ms. Young started as a veterinary assistant in a general practice in Northern California. She then came to work at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital as a patient care technician and then as a radiation technician in Radiation Oncology for 7 years. Ms. Young then moved to medical oncology for the next ten years until joining the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials team as a clinical trial coordinator in 2019.

 

 

A portrait of Ms. Emily PhenixEmily Phenix

vetclintrials@ucdavis.edu

Ms. Phenix earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University in 2011, after which she began working as a veterinary research technician at the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies. In 2012, Ms. Phenix transferred to the Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital where she worked as a technician in their Small Animal Intensive Care Unit until moving to California in 2018. Ms. Phenix worked in the UC Davis Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care service before joining the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials team in 2019 as a clinical trial coordinator.

 

Mike Bannasch PortraitMike Bannasch, BS, RVT

Currently on leave...

Mr. Bannasch is one of the clinical trial coordinators. Throughout high school and college at Michigan State University, he got involved in veterinary medicine through his experience as an animal care attendant, groomer, veterinary assistant at a family-owned veterinary practice in Michigan and an emergency and critical care assistant at the Virginia–Maryland Veterinary Emergency Service in Alexandria, Virginia. While on the east coast, Mr. Bannasch spent over a year at the National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, but then accepted a position in the UC Davis’s Small Animal Intensive Care Unit in 1998.  He joined Dr. Niels Pedersen’s laboratory in the Center for Companion Animal Health as a post graduate researcher in 1999 and then became the program coordinator of the first Shelter Medicine veterinary residency training program in the world in 2000. Fifteen years later, Mr. Bannasch joined the UC Davis Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials as a clinical trial coordinator.