Jenny qualified with a veterinary degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2002. She worked mainly in mixed rural practice until 2006, when she began her PhD at the University of Liverpool. Her PhD title was ‘Studies on prevalence and risk factors for canine coronavirus infection in the UK’. She began work at the CEVM in July 2010 as a Research Fellow in shelter medicine, working with Dr Rachel Dean and Dr Marnie Brennan.
Jenny is particularly interested in the health and welfare of unwanted (stray and feral) companion animals. The aim of her project is to establish a means of data collection and surveillance in shelters, in order to improve the wellbeing of un-owned animals, and to enable those working with these animals to make evidence-based decisions about their care. Further details about the project will be posted soon – watch this space!
Jenny’s PhD investigated the role of canine enteric coronavirus (CECoV) in dogs in the UK, looking at pet (vet-visiting) dogs, as well as dogs in kennels and rescue shelters. The project utilised a combination of epidemiological and molecular techniques to investigate the natural history of the virus, including potential shedding and transmission patterns. In addition, the project investigated the effect of a variety of lifestyle and pathogen risk factors (including CECoV) on the occurrence of diarrhoea in dogs.
A case-control study of pathogen and lifestyle risk factors for diarrhoea in dogs. Stavisky J, Radford AD, Gaskell R, Dawson S, German A, Parsons B, Clegg S, Newman J, Pinchbeck G. Prev Vet Med. 2011 May 1;99(2-4):185-92.
Detection of squirrel poxvirus by nested and real-time PCR from red (Sciurus vulgaris) and grey (Sciurus carolinensis) squirrels. Atkin JW, Radford AD, Coyne KP, Stavisky J, Chantrey J. BMC Vet Res. 2010 Jun 8;6:33.
Epidemiology of canine parvovirus and coronavirus in dogs presented with severe diarrhoea to PDSA PetAid hospitals. Godsall S., Clegg, S., Stavisky, J., Radford, A.D. and Pinchbeck, G.L. (Veterinary Record, in press)
Prevalence of canine enteric coronavirus in a cross-sectional survey of dogs presenting at veterinary practices. Stavisky J, Pinchbeck GL, German AJ, Dawson S, Gaskell RM, Ryvar R, Radford AD. Vet Microbiol. 2010 Jan 6;140(1-2):18-24. Epub 2009 Jul 10.
Typing of Campylobacter jejuni isolates from dogs by use of multilocus sequence typing and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. Parsons BN, Cody AJ, Porter CJ, Stavisky JH, Smith JL, Williams NJ, Leatherbarrow AJ, Hart CA, Gaskell RM, Dingle KE, Dawson S. J Clin Microbiol. 2009 Nov; 47(11):3466-71. Epub 2009 Sep 30
Prevalence of Campylobacter spp. in a cross-sectional study of dogs attending veterinary practices in the UK and risk indicators associated with shedding. Parsons B.N., Porter C.J., Ryvar R., Stavisky J., Williams N.J., Pinchbeck G.L., Birtles R.J., Christley R.M., German A.J., Radford A.D., Hart C.A., Gaskell R.M., Dawson S. Vet J. 2009 Feb 13.