Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology Faculty

D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, PhD

Professor Pathology/Genetics
Department of Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology


  • 1979
    Doctor of Philosophy in Veterinary Medicine
    Cornell University
  • 1976
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Texas A&M University
  • 1975
    Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Medicine
    Texas A&M University

Research Interests

  • Genetics of domesticated animals
  • Coat color genetics
  • Conservation of rare breeds of livestock
  • Diagnostic pathology
  • Reproductive pathology

Professional Experience

  • 1992-Present
    Department of Pathobiology
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1986-1992
    Associate Professor
    Department of Pathobiology
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1981-1986
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Pathobiology & Public Practice
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Professional Memberships

  • AVMA
  • VVMA
  • The Livestock Conservancy, Technical Programs Director

Selected Publications

  1. Sponenberg, D.P. Suri and huacaya alpaca breeding results in North America. Small Ruminant Research 93: 210-212. 2010.
  2. Kasimanicakam, R.K., V.R. Kasimanickam, J.S. Rodriquez, K.D. Pelzer, D.P. Sponenberg, C.D. Thatcher. Tocopherol induced angiogenesis in placental vascular network in late pregnant ewes. Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology. 8:86.  2010.
  3. Delgado, J.V., A.M. Martínez, A. Acosta, L.A. Álvarez, E. Armstrong, E. Camacho, J. Cañón, O. Cortés, S. Dunner, V. Landi, J.R. Marques, I. Martín-Burriel, O.R. Martínez, R.D. Martínez, L. Melucci, J.E. Muñoz, M.C.T. Penedo, A. Postigliani, J. Quiróz, C. Rodellar, P. Sponenberg, O. Uffo, R. Ulloa-Arvizu, J.L. Vega-Pla, A. Villalobos, D. Zambrano, P. Zaragoza, L.T.Gama, C. Ginja. Genetic Characterization of Latin-American Creole Cattle Using Microsatellite Markers. Animal Genetics 43: 2-10. 2011.
  4. Amjad, Mustafa, R. Gogal Jr., S. Witonsky, C. Reilly, P. Sponenberg, E. Karpuzoglu. A single mid-gestation exposure to TCDD yields a postnatal autoimmune signature, differing by sex, in early geriatric C57BL/6 mice. Toxicology: 290: 156-168. 2011.
  5. Rossmeisl, J.H.Jr., P. Piñeyro, D.P. Sponenberg, R.H. Garman, B.S. Jortner. Clinicopathologic Features of Intracranial Central Neurocytomas in 2 Dogs. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 26: 186-191. 2012
  6. Sanford, B.J., S.U. Emerson, R.H. Purcell, B.A. Engle, T.E. Dryman, T.E. Cecere, V. Buechner-Maxwell, D.P. Sponenberg, X.J. Meng. Serological evidence for a hepatitis E (HEV)-related agent in goats in the United States. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. doi:10.1111/tbed.12001
  7. Martínez, A.M., L.T. Gama, J. Cañón, C. Ginja, J.V. Delgado, S. Dunner, V. Landi, I. Martín-Burriel, M.C.T. Penedo, C. Rodellar, J.L. Vega-Pla, A. Acosta, L.A. Álvarez, E. Camacho, O. Cortés, J.R. Marques, R. Martínez, R.D. Mártinez, L. Melucci, G. Martínez-Velázquez, J.E. Muñoz, A. Postiglioni, J. Quiroz, P. Sponenberg, O. Uffo, A. Villalobos, D. Zembrano, P. Zaragoza. Genetic Footprints of Iberian Cattle in America 500 Years After the Arrival of Columbus. PLoS ONE (7)11: e49066. coi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049066. 2012.
  8. Villalobos-Cortés, A., A. Martínez, J-L. Vega-Pla, V. Landi, J. Quiroz, R. Martínez, R. Martínez López, P. Sponenberg, E. Armstrong, D. Zambrano, J. Ribamar Marques, J-V. Delgado. Relaciones entre los bovinos criollos panameños y algunas razas criollas de Latinoamérica. (Relationships between Panamanian and some creole landraces in Latin America. Pesq. Agropec. Bras., Brasilia. 47 (11): 1637-1646. 2012.
  9. Zimmerman, K.L., K. McMillan, W.E. Monroe, D.P. Sponenberg, N. Evans, M. Makris, S.H. Hammond, I.K. Mullarkey, M.K. Boudreaux. Leukocyte adhesion deficiency type 1 in a mixed-breed dog. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 25:291-296. 2013.