D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, PHD
Professor, Pathology and Genetics
Virgnia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
"Service roles include technical advisor for the Livestock Conservancy, a not-for-profit organization working to conserve genetic resources of livestock species in North America. This work involves the identification of livestock genetic resources, as well as their phenotypic and historic characterization. Work includes the development of conservation strategies for those breeds that are rare. He also serves as registrar for Pineywoods cattle and Karakachan dogs.
Specific breed conservation work has involved the development of breeding plans for rare breeds, including the rescue and recovery of some in danger of immediate extinction (Pineywoods Cattle, Randall Lineback Cattle, Milking Devon Cattle, American Cream Draft Horses, Spanish Goats, Leicester Longwool Sheep, Golden Guernsey Goats, Choctaw Horses, others). Defining and saving local breeds and landraces is a specific interest."