Professor Bowker has spent the last decade and a half as Head of the Equine Hoof Laboratory Research team based at Michigan State University in the US. At the university he teaches veterinary students, and his specialty is hoof research through the study of the functions of the equine foot at cellular level.
Much of his research has been on the microscopic level, and through the dissection and study of literally thousands of cadaver hooves he has given the world amazing insights into the true nature of the functioning of the internal structures and how they remain sound for life.
Professor Bowker’s research is the bedrock on which much of the natural hoof care world have based their trimming. His pioneering scientific papers detailing his findings have brought natural hoof care practices into the 21st century and confirmed what the natural hoof care practitioners were finding at the coal face of hoof care.
The Diploma of Equine Podiotherapy has been exceptionally lucky to have Professor Bowker as one of our lecturers as he rarely teaches outside the University of Michigan. So keen is he to bring the hoof care world “up to speed” he has offered to bring his vast knowledge on the subject to Australia through our college.
It is with a heavy heart, that we announce the retirement of Professor Robert Bowker from teaching in person as due to the ever increasing stresses of coming to Australia and increasing recovery times of these trips, Professor Bowker has made the decision to not come back to Australia any more.
Professor Bowker has been the mainstay of the development of the ‘barehoofcare’ industry in Australia and his contribution will live on in the large body of students for whom his teachings are both the foundation and loadstone for their very careers.
We will be delivering Professor Bowker’s work and will also endeavour to ‘hook’ up via the internet. Many thanks to Professor Bowker for sharing his research and guiding us on the path of learning to enable us to better serve the horses of Australia.