Mary Leissinger

Dr. Mary LeissingerClinical Assistant Professor- Clinical Pathology

Department of Comparative, Diagnostic and Population Medicine
Box 100103
Gainesville, FL 32610-0103
Office: VC 114
(352) 294-4249
Fax: (352) 392-5145


  • Clinical Pathology Residency and Master of Science, Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, 2011-2014
  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, 2010-2011
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, 2006-2010
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Louisiana State University, 2002-2006
  • Exchange Student, University of Nottingham, UK, 2005

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Clinical Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, 2014- present

Honors and Awards

  • Educator Award, Educational Scholarship Program, University of Florida, 2017-2018
  • Educational Development Certificate, University of Florida, 2017
  • Distinguished Thesis Award, Louisiana State University SVM, 2015
  • CL Davis Award 2014
  • 3rd place oral presentation. The role of MCP-1 in Staphylococcus aureus infection in the murine lung. LSU Graduate Research Symposium, Baton Rouge LA, 2013
  • Outstanding Student Award Year IV 2010
  • Internal Medicine Certificate of Excellence 2010
  • Oncology Certificate of Excellence 2010
  • Clinical Pathology Award of Excellence 2010
  • Dean’s Honors List 2006-2010
  • Salsbury Scholarship 2008
  • Invisible Fence Scholarship 2007

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Clinical chemistry
  • Coagulation

Selected Research Publications

  • Leissinger M, Johnson J, Tully T, Gaunt S. Rhabdomyolysis and artifactually increased serum total CO2 concentration in an     Amazon parrot. JAMS. 2017 Sep; 31(3):244-249.
  • Conrado, F, Weeden, A, Speas A, Leissinger M. Macrocytosis secondary to hydroxyurea therapy. Vet Clin Pathol. 2017 Sep; 46 (3):451-456.
  • Legendre K, Leissinger MK, LeDonne V, Gaunt S.  The Effect of Urea on Refractometric Total Protein Measurement in Dogs and Cats with Azotemia. Vet Clin Pathol. 2017 Sep; 46(2):361-362.
  • Leissinger M, McCauley C, Grasperge B. What is your diagnosis? Nasal lesion in a horse. Vet Clin Pathol. 2017 Jun; 46(2):361-362.
  • Leissinger M, Pipe-Martin H, Acierno M, Grasperge B. What is Your Diagnosis? BAL from a Dog. Vet Clin Pathol. 2016 Sep; 45 (3):511-512.
  • Leissinger MK, Del Piero F, Kawabata A, Dedeaux AM, Gaunt SD. Pathology in Practice. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 246(3):303-5, 2015.
  • Ribas T., Pipe-Martin H., Kim K., Leissinger M., Bauer R., Grasperge B., Grooters AM, Sutton DA, Pariaut R.  Fungal myocarditis and pericardial effusion secondary to Inonotus tropicalis (Phyllum Basidiomycota) in a dog. J Vet Cardiol. 2015;17:142-148.
  • Leissinger M, Brandao J, Wakamatsu N, Le Roux A, Rich G, Gaunt S. Pulmonary histiocytic sarcoma in a rabbit. Vet Clin Pathol. 2013; 42: 364-367.
  • Leissinger M, Pescosolido K, Royal A, What is your diagnosis? Equine transtracheal wash fluid. Vet Clin Pathol. 2013; 42: 529-530.
  • Brandão J, Woods S, Fowlkes N, Leissinger M et al. Disseminated histoplasmosis (Histoplasma capsulatum) in a pet rabbit: case report and review of the literature. J VET Diagn Invest. 2014; 26: 158-162.
  • Leissinger M, Kulkarni R, Zemans R, Downey G, Jeyaseelan S. Investigating the role of NOD-Like receptors in bacterial lung infection. AM J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014. 189:1461-8.
  • Leissinger MK, Garber JB, Fowlkes N, Grooters AM, Royal AB, Gaunt SD. Mycobacterium fortuitum lipoid pneumonia in a dog. Vet Pathol. Prepublished April 30, 2014 DOI:10.1177/0300985814531497.
  • Leissinger M, Walton S, Fletcher J, Gaunt S. What is your diagnosis? Blood smear from a cat. Vet Clin Pathol. 2014;46: 465-6.
  • Leissinger M, Del Piero F, Kawabata A, Dedeaux A, Gaunt S. Pathology in Practice. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2015; 246:303-5.