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Sharon Spier- BS, DVM, PhD
Professor
Medicine & Epidemiology

3117 Tupper Hall
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 0292
sjspier@ucdavis.edu

   

Research Focus

Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infections in horses; Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis in horses; Genetic diseases of horses

Specialty Focus

Equine Medicine

Education

1981 BS , Texas A&M University, College Station,
1983 DVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station,
1989 PhD Comparative Pathology, University of California, Davis,

Honors and Awards

1994 AVMA Council for Research: Excellence in Equine Research Award
Jacob Traum Award for Graduate Work in Infectious Disease
Western States Food Animal Disease Research Conference
Best Graduate Student Presentation
Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture
Phi Zeta Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
The National Dean's List
Distinguished Student Award

Licenses

Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
State Licensure - California
USDA Accredited Veterinarian

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, The Equine Immune Response to Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis Infection: Do horses with Internal and recurring infection lack an appropriate cell-mediated response to the bacteria?, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Healthfin

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Sharon Spier: Whole genome sequence of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis strain 226, isolated from the abscess of a goat in California 2016 Dias LM, Alves JT, Veras AA, Baraúna RA, Sá PH, Spier S, Edman JM, Guimarães LC, Rocha FS, Ramos RT, Azevedo V, Silva A, Carneiro AR. Whole genome sequence of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis strain 226, isolated from the abscess of a goat in California Genome Announcements,
  • Sharon Spier: Minimum inhibitory concentrations of commonly used antimicrobials in equine Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis isolates (1996 to 2012) 2015 Rhodes DM, Magdesian KG, Byrne BA, Kass P, Edman J, Sprier SJ Minimum inhibitory concentrations of commonly used antimicrobials in equine Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis isolates (1996 to 2012) J Vet Intern Med,
  • Sharon Spier: Septic sialoadenitis in equids: A retrospective study of 18 cases (1998-2010) 2014 Kilcoyne I, Watson JL, Spier SJ, Whitcomb MB, Vaughan B Septic sialoadenitis in equids: A retrospective study of 18 cases (1998-2010) Equine Vet J,
  • Sharon Spier: Genome sequence of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis MB20 bv. equi isolated from a pectoral abscess of an Oldenburg horse in California. 2014 Baraúna RA, Guimarães LC, Veras AA, de Sá PH, Graças DA, Pinheiro KC, Silva AS, Folador EL, Benevides LJ, Viana MV, Carneiro AR, Schneider MP, Spier SJ, Edman JM, Ramos RT, Azevedo V, Silva A. Genome sequence of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis MB20 bv. equi isolated from a pectoral abscess of an Oldenburg horse in California. Genome Announc,
  • Sharon Spier: Frequency of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infection in horses across the United States during a 10-year period 2014 Kilcoyne I, Spier SJ, Carter CN, Smith JL, Swinford AK, Cohen ND Frequency of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infection in horses across the United States during a 10-year period J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Sharon Spier: The relationship between Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis biovar equi phenotype with location and extent of lesions in horses. 2014 Britz E, Spier SJ, Kass PH, Edman JM, Foley JE The relationship between Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis biovar equi phenotype with location and extent of lesions in horses. Vet J,
  • Sharon Spier: Incidence, management and outcome of complications of castration in equids: 324 cases (1998-2008) 2013 Kilcoyne I, Watson JL, Kass PH, Spier SJ Incidence, management and outcome of complications of castration in equids: 324 cases (1998-2008) J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Sharon Spier: Behavioral and physiological responses of weaned foals treated with equine appeasing pheromone: A double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomized trial 2013 Berger J, Spier SJ, Davies R, Gardner IA, Leutenegger CM, Bain MJ Behavioral and physiological responses of weaned foals treated with equine appeasing pheromone: A double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomized trial J Vet Behav,
  • Sharon Spier: Use of antibody titers measured via serum synergistic hemolysis inhibition testing to predict internal Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infection in horses 2013 Jeske JM, Spier SJ, Whitcomb MB, Pusterla N, Gardner IA Use of antibody titers measured via serum synergistic hemolysis inhibition testing to predict internal Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infection in horses J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Sharon Spier: Genome sequence of the Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis Cp316 strain, isolated from the abscess of a Californian horse. 2012 Ramos RT, Silva A, Carneiro AR, Pinto AC, Soares Sde C, Santos AR, Almeida SS, Guimarães LC, Aburjaile FF, Barbosa EG, Dorella FA, Rocha FS, Cerdeira LT, Barbosa MS, Tauch A, Edman J, Spier S, Miyoshi A, Schneider MP, Azevedo V. Genome sequence of the Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis Cp316 strain, isolated from the abscess of a Californian horse. J Bacteriol,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2014 Spier SJ, Whitcomb MB: Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis (in miscellaneous bacterial infections), Sellon and Long, (ed), Equine Infectious Diseases, 2nd Ed, St. Louis, MO. 373-9.

2011 Spier SJ: Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis, Ross MW, Dyson SJ, (ed), Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse, 2nd edition, St Louis, Missouri. 838-9.

2011 Spier SJ, Finno CJ, Valberg SJ: Inherited problems of foals, McKinnon AO, Squires EL, Vaala WE, Varner DD, (ed), Equine Reproduction, West Sussex, UK. 673-80.

2009 Aleman M, Spier SJ: Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infection, Smith BP, (ed), Large Animal Internal Medicine, 4th edition, St. Louis, Missouri. 1184-8.

2009 Spier SJ: Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infection in horses, Mair TS, Hutchinson RE, (ed), Infectious Diseases of the Horse, Cambridgeshire, UK. 247-52.