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Gemma qualified from Liverpool University in 2004 and spent 8 years in full time small animal general practice before joining the university team in 2012. Between 2005 and 2009 Gemma studied part time at the University of Southampton, obtaining a post graduate diploma in companion animal behaviour counselling. Gemma is now working towards a DVM (doctorate of veterinary medicine) in the field of shelter medicine and spends her time split between clinical work and research relevant to the field.
DVM (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine) due for completion in July 2016
School Research Theme:
Population Health and Welfare
Factors effecting successful canine adoption
Summary of Research:
Aim; To look at the experience owners have when they adopt a rescue dog, and why some adoptions are successful and others are not. The project focuses on the factors that influence the attachment that owners form with their new pet, and the effect returning a dog has on the owner, dog and shelter staff.
Method; Surveying a variety of different re-homing organisations with varying protocols and populations of dogs. Adopting owners from participating shelters will then be recruited when they choose their dog, and will be followed over time. Information will be gathered by questionnaires and interview, both with owners who keep their pet and those who do not
Dr Rachel Dean, and Dr Jenny Stavisky
Primary Funding Sources:
University of Nottingham and Dogs Trust
None to date