Freya Mowat, BVSc. Ph.D DECVO DACVO MRCVS Assistant Professor

Department of Surgical Sciences
Office: 3372

Freya Mowat, BVSc. Ph.D DECVO DACVO MRCVS Assistant Professor

Titles and Education

    1. Assistant Professor, Department of Surgical Sciences (SVM) and Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (SMPH)
    2. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, 2015
    3. Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, 2015 
    4. Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, North Carolina State University, 2015-2019
    5. Resident/Postdoctoral fellow, Michigan State University, 2009-2015 6. Ph.D, University College London (Institute of Ophthalmology), 2005-2009 
    6. Internship, Davies Veterinary Specialists, 2004-2005 
    7. Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc.), University of Bristol, UK



Dr. Mowat's research encompasses aspects of retinal degeneration, with a particular focus on aging and hereditary disorders. She has active projects on canine sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS), retinopathy in red wolves, and an NIH K08 Research Career Development Award studying the influence of mitochondrial damage/dysfunction on macular function in aging. 


Dr. Mowat provides diagnostic and therapeutic care to patients of UW Veterinary Care's Ophthalmology Service, also instructing veterinary students and interns during their clinical rotations in ophthalmology.  She also is engaged in training comparative ophthalmology residents at UW-Madison in all aspects of clinical ophthalmology and ophthalmic microsurgery.  She teaches during the third year didactic and elective equine ophthalmology courses.  Extramural responsibilities include membership in the ACVO Genetics Committee and ECVO Credentials Committee, and providing peer review for numerous veterinary and human ophthalmology journals. She has also authored and co-authored several book chapters, including contribution to the 6th edition of Gelatt's Veterinary Ophthalmology.

Clinical Interests

Retinal diseases of companion animals

Dog vision

Sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) in dogs

Recent Publications

  1. Please see Dr. Mowat's Google scholar profile