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Professor Cathy McGowan

Head of Department of Equine Clinical Science and Director of Veterinary Postgraduate Education


Cathy graduated from the University of Sydney in 1991 where she then went on to complete an Equine Internship followed by a PhD in Equine Exercise Physiology. After 3 years working in predominantly equine practice in Australia, Cathy was appointed a Lecturer in Equine Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, UK. She then worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland and Clinical Teacher at the University of Helsinki before being appointed as Director of Professional Studies at the University of Liverpool in 2008. Cathy holds the RCVS and European Diplomas in Equine Internal Medicine and is an RCVS Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine.

In 2013 Cathy was appointed to a personal chair at the University, and in 2014 she was appointed as the Head of the Equine Division of the Veterinary School.

Clinical Interests

  • Equine internal medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Exercise physiology and poor performance
  • Laminitis
  • Muscular disease

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Member of The Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ILT) by examination, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
  • Responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of equine internal medicine.
  • Responsible for the development and coordination of Veterinary CPD and RCVS CertAVP modules, including postgraduate programmes in Veterinary Professional Studies, Veterinary Business Management and Veterinary Physiotherapy.

Research Interests

  • Equine exercise physiology and performance
  • Physiotherapy and rehabilitation
  • Equine metabolic disease
  • Equine laminitis
  • Aged horses
  • Gastric ulceration

Cathy is Senior Editor of the textbook Animal Physiotherapy: Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Animals and Co-Editor of the second edition of text The Athletic Horse: Principles and Practice of Equine Sports Medicine and has over 90 research publications in the peer-reviewed literature.