Dr. John M. Bowen photo

Dr. John M. Bowen (1933-2022) served on the faculty of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine from 1963 to 1997. As a Professor, he taught pharmacology, toxicology and neurophysiology. In 1976, he became the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs and the first Director of the newly established Veterinary Medical Experiment Station, positions he held for 18 years. Dr. Bowen promoted the involvement of veterinary students in the research programs of the College. In 1993, he initiated a campaign for funding the creation of the CVM's Animal Health Research Center, and chaired the Center's planning and operations committees. Completed in 1998, the AHRC is one of the most technologically advanced biocontainment facilities in the United States dedicated to studying a wide variety of infectious diseases affecting both animal and human health. The CVM established the John M. Bowen Award for Excellence in Animal and Biomedical Research in 1998 to annually recognize outstanding research by a junior member of the College's faculty. Dr. Bowen was an avid Bulldog fan, loved his work at the CVM, and was a proud member of the class of 1957. It was his wish that donations in his memory be given to support the College.

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