University of Calgary
UofC Navigation

FIVM Series: From Track to Treadmill and Back Again

Studying Horses’ Ventilator Responses to Exercise

Dr. Warwick Bayly

For the past 35 years, Dr. Warwick Bayly has been researching the science of exercise in the athletic horse, with a special interest in evaluating performance capacity in racehorses.

On Friday, November 20, Dr. Bayly will discuss various aspects of his research, focusing principally on his efforts to elucidate on athletic horses’ ventilatory and blood gas responses to exercise. 

Dr. Bayly, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Washington State University and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Dr. Bayly will begin his presentation by looking at racetrack work in the early 1980s that led to the recognition that strenuously exercising horses develop exercise-induced hypoxemia and hypercapnia.  He will also cover controlled treadmill trials that aimed to investigate the mechanics of ventilation during maximal equine exercise and the effects of different pharmacological agents on these mechanics. The seminar will conclude with the presentation of Dr. Bayly’s most recent work involving field testing of horses to measure maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) while also assessing airflows and volumes during different types of exercise.

Dr. Bayly received a BVSc (Hons) from Melbourne University, a Masters in Equine Exercise Physiology   from The Ohio State University and a PhD in Equine Exercise Physiology from the University of Liège in Belgium.

Following a residency in Equine Medicine and Surgery at Ohio State University, Dr. Bayly joined Washington State University as an Associate, Veterinary Medicine in 1979. Over the years, he has had a number of roles at Washington State University including Dean of the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and most recently served a five-year term as Provost and Executive Vice President before returning to equine exercise research in 2013.