Speaker Profile: Gemma Pearson
We are really pleased to announce that Gemma Pearson will be speaking at BEVA Congress 2023.
Gemma combines her time between research and outreach as Director of Equine Behaviour at The Horse Trust and running a referral clinic for clinical equine behaviour cases where she is based at the University of Edinburgh. She is also an accredited racecourse veterinary surgeon and enjoys working at Musselburgh racecourse.
After working in ambulatory practice Gemma moved to the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies where she completed a rotating residency programme in the equine hospital, completing her Cert AVP (EM), alongside an MScR investigating horse veterinarian interactions.
Subsequently she completed her CCAB (certified clinical animal behaviourist) exam and her PhD thesis ‘Stress in equids undergoing veterinary care and the development of interventions that positively influence the horses’ experience’. As well as continuing with her own research she supervises several students at PhD, MSc and undergraduate level.
Gemma is frequently invited to lecture internationally, as a recognised expert in this field and an excellent communicator. One of the most successful projects was filming a series of short YouTube videos with the British Equine Veterinary Association aiming to reduce injury rates when dealing with difficult horses under the ‘Don’t break your vet’ campaign.
As the Veterinary Liaison Officer for the International Society for Equitation Science, Gemma is passionate about improving interactions between horses and people, specifically regarding the application of learning theory. In her spare time she has competed up to advanced level endurance on a homebred horse as well as enjoying competing in affiliated dressage and eventing. Currently she is retraining a Thoroughbred recently retired from racing.
Hear Gemma at BEVA Congress 2023
Thursday at 11:15am - 12pm: John Hickman Memorial Lecture
Chair: Roger Smith
Radiography of the foot: How to maximise lesion detection
What's going wrong? How to improve image quality
How to effectively radiograph the thoracomlumbar spine
Can we radiograph the equine pelvis and hip?
Advanced radiographic views - what extra information can we glean?
Friday at 8:30am - 10:20am: Recognising and Managing Pain
Chair: Rose Tallon
Is it a behavioural issue or pain?
Pain assessment following surgery
Horse owners' perception of pain
Donkey pain scoring
CAT: Are paracetamol and gabapentin effective equine analgesics?
Saturday at 10:50am-12:40pm: Nursing Session
How behaviour change science can help you work with clients
Equine behaviour change science can help you work with clients
How are donkeys different?
Managing compassion fatigue and your own wellbeing
Saturday at 3:45pm - 5:10pm: Foals
Chair: Emily Floyd
Pesky perinatal pathogens
Antibiotic choices in foals: Put down the ceftiofur!
Rotavirus B - the new kid on the block
Weaning practices: how can we improve?