Jackie Bowser

Associate Professor + Dept. Chair,  College of Arts & Sciences

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Jackie Bowser
I feel privileged to be part of an opportunity to foster students on their path toward veterinary school and all things equine.


Jackie Bowser, D.V.M., grew up in southern Rhode Island showing horses in both hunter and western performance on the Rhode Island Horseman Association and New England Horsemen Council circuits. She never grew out of her affection for horses and decided to combine her love of horses and passion for science into a career in veterinary medicine. After graduating from Cornell University, Bowser received her D.V.M. at St. George’s University and Ph.D. in Veterinary Science at Mississippi State University. She is board certified in large animal internal medicine and continues to practice veterinary medicine.

Bowser’s research interests include investigations into equine poor performance, pulmonary physiology, airway dynamics and protein expression of horses with equine asthma, often called heaves. She is also interested in the similarities and differences between this condition and similar human diseases. Bowser is always looking for new ways to incorporate research into the student experience at Johnson & Wales and build on her significant equine research experience as a senior scientist in a translational respiratory research laboratory. Bowser discovered a real enthusiasm for teaching during her residency and spent nearly a decade teaching and mentoring veterinary students in Mississippi.

She returned to her roots in Rhode Island in 2017 to direct JWU’s equine programs after practicing veterinary medicine from California to Ireland. Bowser feels privileged to be a part of fostering JWU students toward their equine career goals.

 Areas of Expertise

  • Equine Internal Medicine
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Equine Anatomy
  • Equine Physiology
  • Equine Infectious Diseases
  • Equine Neonatology
  • Equine Genetics
  • Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Research

Sample Courses

  • EQN 1010: Equine Physiology & Sports Therapy
  • EQN 1020: Equine Anatomy & Lameness
  • EQN 2000: Equine Diseases
  • EQN 2010: Equine Nutrition
  • EQN 3010: Equine Reproduction & Genetics

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine — Large Animal Diplomate
  • Equine Science Society
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Association of Equine Practitioners
  • Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society