Jackie Bowser

Associate Professor & Department Chair,  College of Arts & Sciences

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


I 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. I never grew out of my affection for horses so I decided to combine my love of horses and my passion for science into a career in veterinary medicine. After graduating from Cornell University, I received my DVM at St. George’s University and my PhD in Veterinary Science at Mississippi State University. I am board certified in large animal internal medicine and continue to practice veterinary medicine.

My research interests include investigations into equine poor performance, pulmonary physiology, airway dynamics and protein expression of horses with Equine Asthma, often called Heaves. I am also interested in the similarities and differences between this condition and similar human diseases. I am always looking for new ways to incorporate research into the student experience at Johnson & Wales and build on my significant equine research experience as a senior scientist in a Translational Respiratory Research Laboratory. I discovered a real enthusiasm for teaching during my residency and spent nearly a decade teaching and mentoring veterinary students in Mississippi.

I returned to my roots in Rhode Island in 2017 to direct Johnson & Wales’ Equine Programs after practicing veterinary medicine from California to Ireland. I am privileged to be a part of fostering Johnson & Wales’ 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 & 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