Ms Gemma Pearson

Lecturer/Clinician in Equine Practice


After graduating from Glasgow University, Scotland, Gemma spent 18 months in first opinion equine practice in Yorkshire. She then under took a 2 year internship at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, before commencing in a residency programme. This involved rotating through the different departments in the equine hospital and ambulatory practice, completion of a certificate in advanced veterinary practice (equine medicine) and an MSc through research, investigating interactions between equine veterinarians and their patients.

With 15 years’ experience with behaviour cases, Gemma has developed an equine behaviour service at R(D)SVS which has proved very popular amongst clients and referring vets alike. Gemma has been asked to speak at lectures and run CPD courses for horse owners, veterinarians and veterinary students on the subject of dealing with difficult horses around the world. She receives excellent feedback on the efficacy of the methods once horse owners and veterinarians start to incorporate it into their daily work. She is also the Veterinary Liaison Officer for the International Society for Equitation Science, where she has been involved with several working parties to improve the welfare of horses around the world.

Currently Gemma is undertaking a PhD investigating the stress response of horses undergoing veterinary treatment, with the plan to develop low stress handling techniques.

In her spare time Gemma enjoys competing in endurance, dressage and eventing.