Director, Equine Center
DVM Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
PhD Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (1992)
Dr. Valberg's research is focused on muscle disorders in large animals, particularly metabolic myopathies including polysaccharide storage myopathy, glycogen branching enzyme deficiency, and recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis. She is a member of the International Equine Genome Mapping group which is developing the genome map and applying it to identify the heritable basis for muscle disorders.
- Neuromuscular disorders and genetic disorders in large animals.
- Exertional myopathies in horses
- Equine Clinical Skills
- Large Animal Neurology
- Large Animal Genetics
- Hepatic Disorders in horses
- Muscular Disorders
For a listing of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine, and to Google Scholar.
- 2009/2012 USDA National Research Initiative Integrated Genomics Grant. $500,050 Integrated Research and Extension Program for Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Shivers. PI K Martinson, CoIs: ME McCue, JR Mickelson and SJ Valberg.
- 2010/2011 American Quarter Horse Association. $64,434 Genetic analysis of glycogen storage disorders in Quarter Horses. PIs SJ Valberg and JR Mickelson.
- 2011/2013 Rapid Agricultural Response Fund. $150,000 Seasonal Pasture Myopathy: An Emerging Disease in Minnesota. PI SJ Valberg
Honors and Awards
- Pfizer Research Excellence Award, 2010
- Reg Thompson Memorial Lecture, 2009, University of Prince Edward Island
- Distinguished Women Scholars Award in Science & Engineering, 2008, University of Minnesota, MN
- DLT Smith Distinguished Lecturer 2004, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon CA
- Pfizer Award for Research Excellence 2001
- EquiSci International Award 1998: the most important scientific advance in equine exercise physiology over the last 4 years
- Departmental Teaching Award 1998, 1999, 2000. Selected by veterinary students as one of top teachers in the CAPS department
- Teaching Incentive Award, 1997 and 1998 Veterinary Medicine Graduate Program, selected by graduate students/house officers
- Mentor of the Year, 1996, College of Veterinary Medicine, Nominated and selected by graduate students