About Gemma O'Leary BSc ABW


Gemma has always had a passion for working with animals. from a young age, she would volunteer at her local vets doing jobs around the surgery such as assisting the nurses with husbandry activities whilst at the same time absorbing practice life and learning along the way. Gemma attended college to start her career in animal care where she spent two years studying animal care and husbandry gaining distinction level. she then decided that animal behaviour was where she wanted to move towards and completed three years at the University  West of England where she obtained a degree in animal behaviour. 

Gemma is an enthusiastic and friendly professional who is passionate about helping reactive dogs and their owners.

Reactive dogs require a very special and sensitive approach, her methods not only focus on helping the dog but also the owner.

Gemma continues to study within her field and is a strong believer in positive force-free methods.


National Award in Animal Management: Obtained distinction level; graduated 2004

National Diploma in Animal Management: Obtained triple grade distinction level; Graduated 2005

Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare; Graduated 2008

Canine first aid responder course: 20016

Diploma in Canine Holistic Behaviour completed December 2020


ADTB Courses completed in 2009

Diploma "What makes dogs tick"

Diploma "puppy training"

Diploma "Setting up successful training class"

Diploma "Bronze level instructors course".

Diploma "Silver level instructors course"

Diploma "Gold level instructors course"

Continued professional development

Gemma is constantly attending seminars and conferences within her field, whilst continuing study in specialist areas of canine behaviour and training. This ensures she is kept up to date with the latest research and training methods, ensuring she gets the best success out of her behaviour cases and training sessions.

Current study

Gemma is currently studying an advanced canine aggression course.