Gemma Penhorwood

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I have worked on collaborative research with UCLAN assessing and measuring (dis)abled riders to amend the sport classification system used by the FEI during the paralympics. 

I have interests in animal behaviour and welfare, particularly horses and the impact of human interaction with them, as well as previous work as an undergraduate in conservation genetics and haplotyping. 

Current teaching

I lead 6 modules across 4 departments:

  • L3 Foundation Animal Studies
  • L3 Foundation Biological Principles 
  • L4 Animal Genetics
  • L4 Managing Equine Wellbeing
  • L5 Professional Practice Portfolio 
  • L5 Professional Practice Project 

I am on the teaching team on the following:

  • L4 Livestock Science and Husbandry
  • L4 Skills Development for Agriculture
  • L4 Sustainable Agriculture
  • L5 Animals in Education
  • L6 Wildlife Conservation in Captivity

I have/will give guest lectures in:

  • L5 Managing Animal Wellbeing
  • L4 Equine Genetics

Research and knowledge exchange collaborations

I have recently published a collaborative paper with the FEI (international governing body of equestrian sport) and UCLAN looking to evidence the classification system of para-dressage athletes, alongside colleagues in the sport and equine departments.

DOI: 10.3390/ani13172785

Education/Academic qualification

Equestrian Performance, MRes, Hartpury University

Award Date: 1 Nov 2021

Animal Behaviour and Biology, BSc (combined Hons), University of Chester

Award Date: 1 Nov 2018


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