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Professor Cathy McGowan BVSc, MACVSc, DEIM, Dip ECEIM, PhD, CertVBM, FHEA, FRCVS

Professor of Equine Internal Medicine Equine Clinical Science


Personal Statement


BVSc (Hons 1, medal) Sydney University 1991
Diploma Veterinary Clinical Studies (Equine medicine and surgery) 1992
PhD Sydney University 1997
Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists 1998
Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS) 1999
RCVS Diploma Equine Internal Medicine (DEIM) 2004
Fellow of the Higer Education Academy (FHEA) 2005
European College of Equine Internal Medicine Diplomate Status (DipECEIM) 2008
PgCertVeterinary Business Management 2019
Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons 2019


Cathy graduated from the University of Sydney in 1991 and went on to do both her internship in equine medicine and surgery and PhD in equine exercise physiology at Sydney University. She then spent several years in private equine practice before starting a clinical academic career in the UK in 1999 at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London. Despite her early clinical career and PhD dominated by racehorses and exercise physiology, Cathy became interested in endocrine disease and laminitis at the RVC after observing the high prevalence of crippling laminitis in the UK compared to Australia. It was here she developed her interest in aged horses and endocrine disease, and started research into Equine Cushing’s Syndrome, Equine Metabolic Syndrome and endocrinopathic laminitis which has continued through her various academic posts at The University of Queensland Australia, University of Helsinki, Finland and since 2008, back in the UK at the University of Liverpool.

Cathy is a Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and an RCVS recognised specialist in equine internal medicine and is currently Professor of Equine Internal Medicine and Head of Veterinary Education (Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught)