THIS MONTH’S EX­PERTS

EQUUS - - Consultant­s -

D. Phillip Spo­nen­berg, DVM, PhD, is a pro­fes­sor of pathol­ogy and ge­net­ics at Vir­ginia–Mary­land Re­gional Col­lege of Vet­eri­nary Medicine. He is the au­thor of Equine Color Ge­net­ics, and his ar­eas of re­search in­clude ge­net­ics of do­mes­ti­cated an­i­mals, coat color hered­ity, con­ser­va­tion of rare live­stock breeds, di­ag­nos­tic pathol­ogy and re­pro­duc­tive pathol­ogy. He is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Vet­eri­nary Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, Vir­ginia Vet­eri­nary Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion and also serves as the tech­ni­cal pro­grams di­rec­tor of The Live­stock Con­ser­vancy.

Stephen D. White, DVM, DACVD, is a pro­fes­sor of the School of Vet­eri­nary Medicine at the Univer­sity of California–Davis and has been a Di­plo­mate of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Vet­eri­nary Dermatolog­y since 1983. Pre­vi­ously, he had held fac­ulty po­si­tions at the vet­eri­nary schools at Tufts Univer­sity and at Colorado State Univer­sity. He led the clin­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tions of the re­search team that iden­ti­fied a gene mu­ta­tion caus­ing hered­i­tary equine re­gional der­mal as­the­nia (HERDA), a de­bil­i­tat­ing skin dis­ease in horses. He earned his Doc­tor­ate of Vet­eri­nary Medicine from the Univer­sity of California–Davis in 1979. Laura Pat­ter­son Rosa, DVM, is a PhD can­di­date at the Univer­sity of Florida–Brooks Equine Ge­net­ics Lab. Her re­search fo­cus is the ge­nomics of equine health and neu­ro­ge­net­ics. She is cur­rently re­search­ing ge­netic fac­tors con­trol­ling con­gen­i­tal id­io­pathic an­hidro­sis (non­sweat­ing) in horses, ra­bi­cano coat color, ge­nomics of me­tab­o­lites in equine meta­bolic syn­drome (EMS) and neu­ro­ge­net­ics of equine lo­co­mo­tion pat­terns in four-beat/gaited breeds.

M. Ju­lia B. Felippe, MedVet, MS, PhD, DACVIM, is a pro­fes­sor at Cor­nell Univer­sity Col­lege of Vet­eri­nary Medicine with spe­cialty train­ing in internal medicine and im­munol­ogy. Her aca­demic ap­point­ment in­cludes clin­i­cal care of large an­i­mal pa­tients, teach­ing and train­ing of DVM stu­dents, and re­search in the area of equine im­munol­ogy. She also man­ages a clin­i­cal im­munol­ogy lab­o­ra­tory, which per­forms re­search-based im­muno­log­i­cal test­ing in blood sam­ples from horses with sus­pect un­der­ly­ing im­muno­logic dis­or­ders. Her re­search and clin­i­cal train­ing fo­cus on de­vel­op­men­tal im­munol­ogy and im­mun­od­e­fi­cien­cies. She is the ed­i­tor of the book Equine Clin­i­cal Im­munol­ogy.

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