School of Veterinary Medicine and Science


Mark Bowen

Professor of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences


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    Sutton Bonington Campus
    Sutton Bonington
    LE12 5RD
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Mark graduated from The Royal Veterinary College (London) in 1996, but took some time to decide to leave working there for a further 9 years. He did a one year internship in large animal medicine and surgery in the Sefton Equine Hospital (RVC) and then a second one year internship in equine reproduction before taking up an HBLB residency in equine thoracic medicine. He obtained RCVS certificates in veterinary anaesthesia and equine internal medicine. He then completed a PhD in equine cardiac valvular dysfunction and disease funded by the HBLB before taking up a lectureship in equine cardiology and internal medince (still at the RVC!)

Mark ended this long run of work at the RVC to join the University of Nottingham in 2006 as one of the early staff members that established the new veterinary curriculum as Associate Professor in Veterinary Internal Medicine. He teaches throughout the course teaching anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory system in year 1 and equine medicine throughout the course.

Mark is an RCVS specialist in equine internal medicine, a European EBVS Specialist in veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation and an American specialist in large animal internal medicine. He provides specialist clinical service at the Oakham Veterinary Hospital


Expertise Summary

Mark's clinical interest lay in equine internal medicine with a particular focus on equine cardiology and performance medicine. He has published widely in a variety of clinical textbooks including Equine Internal Medicine and Equine Clinical Pharmacology. He is co-editor of Cardiology of the Horse (2nd edition) and numerous scientific and clinical review articles.

Mark is a former president of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and a current trustee of The Horse Trust

Teaching Summary

Mark teaches throughout the veterinary undergraduate course from year 1 to year 5. He was one of the small cohort of staff who helped to develop the original curriculum and the current assessment… read more

Research Summary

Mark is currently engaged in clinical research related to clinical disorders of the horse.

1) Management of horses for equine gastric glandular disease (EGGD)

EGGD was previously considered alongside equine gastric ulcer syndrome. Work by our group and others has shown that ulceration is not typical for this condition, yet still we are unaware of the cause. Traditional therapies for ulceration are not effective in controlling the progression of this disease, although animals often benefit from symptomatic relief during therapy, but frequently relapse following cessation of treatment. Working in collaboration with equine practitioners we are working to optimize treatment outcomes with the challenging condition.

Veterinary surgeons wanting to discuss involvement in this study should contact by email. I am unable to answer direct questions to horse owners.

Selected Publications


Mark is an American Specialist in Large Animal Internal Medicine (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine)

As a specialist working primarily with horses Mark evaluates and treats horses with all internal medicine disorders, but with a particular interest in equine cardiac disease and sports medicine. However he is also interested in disorders of the eye, gastrointestinal disease, muscle disease and respiratory system as well as equine anaesthesia. He provides clinical service to the Oakham Veterinary Hospital in all areas of internal medicine and compliments the performance medicine services at both clinics by undertaking a holistic view of performance medicines, evaluating cardiac, lung and upper airway disorders both at rest and during exercise.

Mark was author of the BEVA antimicrobial stewardship guidelines and is a past president of BEVA where he applied his interests in internal medicine to lobby on key issues that are relevant to equine practitioners. The current important issues remain medicines availability, antibiotic resistance, horse identification and passports, while exotic and emerging disease remains an ever present threat.

Mark teaches throughout the veterinary undergraduate course from year 1 to year 5. He was one of the small cohort of staff who helped to develop the original curriculum and the current assessment strategy. He is part of the School's assessment working group.

He is interested in all aspects of active learning and is particular keen to develop enquiry based skills that are required of veterinary surgeons though enhancing delivery of Problem Based Learning.

Assessment of clinical competency is another area of interest, and Mark worked to adopt DOPS assessments having learnt about this form of assessment from colleagues in the medical school.

Mark was awarded the Lord Dearing Award for outstanding achievements in enhancing the student learning experience in both 2008 and 2011

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 6116
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