Jamie Rothenburger

Assistant Professor (Anatomic Pathology)

Associate Member

One Health Research Group

Full Member

Wildlife Health & Ecology Research Group


University of Saskatchewan, 2010


University of Saskatchewan, 2013


University of Guelph, 2018

Diplomate ACVP

Anatomic Pathology, 2015

Contact information


Undergraduate courses in DVM curriculum:

  • VETM 342 – Pathologic Basis of Disease (instructor)
  • VETM 421 – Systemic Pathology (instructor)
  • VETM 570 – Pathology Clinical Rotation (instructor)

Research and teaching

Research Interests

  • Ecosystem Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Immunology and Infectious Disease
  • Production Animal Health
  • Wildlife and Zoo Medicine


Dr. Rothenburger is originally from Radisson, Saskatchewan and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan in 2010. She practiced in rural Alberta as a small animal veterinarian then trained in anatomic veterinary pathology with a focus on wildlife diseases and obtained a Master of Veterinary Science degree in 2013 and completed the Senior Residency in 2014 at the WCVM. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (Anatomic Pathology) in 2015 and completed a PhD in Pathobiology from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 2018. Dr. Rothenburger joined the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in February, 2018 and has a particular interest in diseases that affect wild animals. Her research focuses on infectious diseases at the intersection of the environment, people, wildlife and domestic animals. Dr. Rothenburger is an active science communicator to the general public with over 140 published columns in the Western Producer (Canada's largest agricultural publication), and other publications for the general public. You can follow her on Twitter @JRothenburger.


PubMed: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=rothenburger%20JL

Recent Publications

Kolapo TU, Hay A, Gesy KM, Frey CF, Kerr M, Rothenburger JL, Joffe D, Huang Y, Massolo A, Hill JE, Jenkins EJ. 2023. Canine alveolar echinococcosis: an emerging and costly introduced problem in North America. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. 5224160.

Case JE, Pederzolli RLA, Clark EG, Fenton H, Kutz SJ, Grahn BH, Rothenburger JL. 2022. Congenital cataract and spherophakia leading to starvation in a free-ranging muskox neonate from the Northwest Territories, Canada. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. 34(1):160-163.

Greenfield JB, Anderson MV, Dorey EA, Redman E, Gilleard JS, Nemeth NM, Rothenburger JL. 2022. Molecular characterization of Sarcocystis canis as a cause of protozoal encephalitis in a free-ranging black bear (Ursus americanus). Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. 34(1):146-152.

Rothenburger JL, Di Francesco J, Leclerc LM, van der Meer F, Tomaselli M, Zabek E, Kutz SJ. 2021. Corynebacterium freneyi bacterial septicemia secondary to contagious ecthyma in a wild muskox (Ovibos moschatus). Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 57(1):225-229.

Fisher M, Harrison TMR, Nebroski M, Kruzkiewicz P, Rothenburger JL, Ambagala A, Macbeth B, Lung O. 2020. Discovery and comparative genomic analysis of elk circovirus (ElkCV), a novel circovirus species and the first reported from a cervid host. Nature Scientific Reports. 10(1):19548.

Chappell B, Frayne KMF, Davies JL, Macbeth BJ, Ngeleka M, Rothenburger JL. 2020. Lesions of Mycobacterium avium spp. hominissuis infection resembling M. bovis lesions in a wild mule deer, Canada. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 26(7):1614-1616.

Ma L, Chen Z, Huang DW, Cisse O, Rothenburger JL, et al. 2020. Diversity and complexity of the large surface protein family in the compacted genomes of various Pneumocystis species. mBio. 11(2). pil e02878-19.

Rothenburger JL, Himsworth CG, Nemeth N, Pearl DL, Jardine CM. 2019. The devil is in the details—host disease and co-infections associated with zoonotic pathogen carriage in Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus). Zoonoses and Public Health. 66(6):622-635.

Rothenburger JL. 2019. Tracheobronchopathia osteochondroplastica: a rare tracheal lesion in a free-ranging grizzly bear (Ursus arctos). Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. 31(4):608-610.

Rothenburger JL, Himsworth CG, La Perle KMD, Leighton, FA, Nemeth NM, Treuting PM, Jardine CM. 2019. Pathology of wild Norway rats in Vancouver, Canada. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. 31(2):184-199.

Allen SE, Rothenburger JL, Jardine CM, Rudder M, Ambagala A, Hooper-McGrevy K, Turukawa-Stoffer T, Nemeth NM. 2019. Epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus in white-tailed deer, Canada. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 25(4):832-834.