School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Gemma Clark



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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.

Degree Registration:

DVM (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine) due for completion in July 2016

School Research Theme:

Population Health and Welfare

Research Topic:

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

Research Supervisors:

Dr Rachel Dean, and Dr Jenny Stavisky

Primary Funding Sources:

University of Nottingham and Dogs Trust 


None to date 



School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

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