Thermoregulation in exercising horses

Verdegaal, Lidwien-Elisabeth
Faculteit Diergeneeskunde
Vakgroep Translationele Fysiologie, Infectiologie en Volksgezondheid
Gezamenlijk doctoraat
Adelaide Univ. Australia
Lidwien-Elisabeth Verdegaal obtained her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) in 1993 and obtained her Masters of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, in 1996. Once qualified, she worked in a mixed practice in the Southern part of the Netherlands (Diessen) for two years before returning to Utrecht University to specialize in Equine Internal Medicine. Lidwien completed her residency in Equine Internal Medicine at Utrecht University’s Faculty of Veterinary Sciences. She qualified as an Equine Medicine Specialist with the Royal Dutch Association of Veterinary Specialists and is a Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) accredited by passing the ECEIM Board exam in 2009. Lidwien’s focus on equine medicine led to 8 years of valuable experience as an Equine Medicine Specialist in private clinics working for the Jordanian Royal Family as well as establishing and working at a new equine referral hospital in Kuwait. She was a member of endurance and jumping FEI committees in Jordan and Kuwait where she developed her deep ongoing interest in thermoregulation and heat stress.
Academische graad
Doctor in de diergeneeskundige wetenschappen
Taal proefschrift
Prof. dr. C. Delesalle, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Ghent University, Belgium - Prof. G. Howarth, Dr T. McWhorter, School of Animal and Veterinary Science, delaide University, Australia

Korte beschrijving

Hyperthermia is an ongoing welfare and performance issue for all horses exercising in racing and other competitive sport events. At present, little is known about the influence of core body temperature evolvement on hyperthermia in real time during different types of exercise performed in field conditions such as racing and endurance events. Consequently, it is becoming increasingly important to establish appropriate policies regarding the detection and prevention of all types of heat stress. To achieve this, a detailed view of the variability of equine thermoregulation during field exercise and recovery is essential. To date, the vast majority of thermoregulatory studies have been conducted in indoor laboratory conditions using a treadmill and subjecting horses to specific standardized exercise tests. However, this approach cannot successfully reflect real-time field conditions. Hence, there is a need to accurately and reliably monitor equine core body temperature responses to avoid potential harm due to increasing heat load.


Woensdag 13 juli 2022, 17:00
Diergeneeskunde aud kliniek A, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke

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