Honorary Associate Professor Dr David Evans

BVSc (Hons II); PhD (Veterinary Physiology)
The University of Sydney, Australia

Honorary Associate Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Science - The University of Sydney, Australia
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Animal and Veterinary Science - Charles Sturt University, Australia


current appointments.

Founder and Director - Evans Science Pty Ltd.
Executive Board, Director of Sport Science - Equine Sport Science Institute, Kentucky USA
Chief Scientific Officer - Equine Sport Science Institute, Kentucky USA
Equine Consultant - Altitude Services, Australia
Sport Science, Supplementation and Nutrition Consultant - Spectrum International, Australia


about.

With 40 years worth of experience and scientific research, Dr David Evans is a world renowned Equine Expert with an interest in Race-horse Treadmill Training and Fitness. His techniques employ unique methodologies to gain the best possible results from each horse. Dr David Evans graduated from the prestigious University of Sydney, Australia in 1975 (BVSc Hons II) and spent 7 years in Veterinary Clinical Practice prior to completing a PhD in Equine Exercise Physiology at The University of Sydney, Australia in 1987. This led to subsequent self-employed consultancy positions including consulting for Mr Luca Cumani in the United Kingdom for 9 months. This was followed by a distinguished academic career at The University of Sydney, Australia in the Faculty of Veterinary Science. During this time Dr David Evans has pioneered numerous research and development projects both domestically and abroad, has played an integral role within the Japan Racing Association (JRA) and has regularly been called upon to provide his expertise at international congress presentations. Dr David Evans is also often the first point of call for national media outlets which seek his expert opinions, insights and analysis on a wide range of issues relating to the Horse Racing Industry.



expertise and teaching responsibilities.

Dr David Evans is a world leader in the following areas: 

  • Physiology of exercise, training and fitness of thoroughbred racehorses.
     
  • The utilisation of treadmills to precisely train the heart, blood and muscles of racehorses.
     
  • Horse Heart Rate Analysis using unique methodologies to conduct horse fitness testing, identifying precise areas for improvement and subsequently developing unique and accurate training plans to garner maximum results.
     
  • Design of training programs based on science, and on Dr David Evans' 40 years of experience in this field.
     
  • The use of blood lactate analyses to help guide superior “muscle training” for racehorses and eventers.
     
  • Racehorse nutrition and welfare.
     
  • Effects of drugs on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems of exercising racehorses.
     
  • Exercise stress and over-training in horses.
     
  • Training science and the most effective methods.
     
  • Risk factors for injury in racehorses. 
     
  • Assessment of university teaching and learning strategies.
     
  • Evaluation of corporate sales and marketing strategies relevant to performance horses.
     
  • Lecture programs on Equine Sport Science.
     
  • Commissioned research.

employment history.

1976-1982: Veterinary Practitioner (cows, dogs, cats, horses)

1983-1986: Doctoral studies, The University of Sydney, Australia - Faculty of Veterinary Science

1987-88: Consultant Equine Exercise Physiologist (racehorses)

1989-1990: Lecturer, Human Physiology, The University of Sydney, Australia

1991-2008: Snr Lecturer, and Associate Professor - Faculty of Veterinary Science, The University of Sydney, Australia

2008-current: Consultant and research in Equine Exercise Science


current academic appointments.

Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Animal and Veterinary Science - Charles Sturt University, Australia


teaching responsibilities.

Most aspects of undergraduate Veterinary Physiology. These included physiology of stress, distress, and animal welfare.


current research and consultancy activities.

Consultancy in equine and canine exercise science and training Collaborative research and development in areas related to equine pulmonary function testing at Australian and overseas universities Congress presentations on applied equine science (Australia and overseas).