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Cathy McGowan

  • Director of Veterinary Postgraduate Education

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 at the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1999. It was here she developed her interest in aged horses and endocrine disease, and started research into Equine Cushing's Syndrome and Equine Metabolic Syndrome which has continued through her various academic posts in Queensland Australia, Helsinki, Finland and now back in the UK at Liverpool.

Cathy has been involved in postgraduate Master's level education since 1999 when she developed the Royal Veterinary College Masters and Post Graduate Diploma programmes in Veterinary Physiotherapy which commenced in 2000. At the University of Queensland she developed an online distance education MSc programme for physiotherapists, was involved in a coursework Masters degree for veterinary surgeons and was the tutor for the Postgraduate Foundation in Veterinary Science (now Centre for Veterinary Education) Equine Internal Medicine distance education course for practising veterinarians for five years. Since moving to Liverpool in 2008 Cathy has continued on postgraduate education in development of the CertAVP and the postgraduate taught programmes in Veterinary Professional Studies, Business Management and Veterinary Physiotherapy as well as continuing her involvement in equine internal medicine, research and undergraduate teaching.

Cathy is a Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and an RCVS recognised specialist in equine internal medicine and is currently Head of Equine Internal Medicine and Director of Veterinary Postgraduate Education at the University of Liverpool in the UK.