Dr. Jessica Leatherwood

Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research interests are primarily directed toward developing diets that may be effective in mitigating the over-stimulation of inflammatory processes within articulating joints of young performance horses, and evaluation of biomarkers that may be indicative of cartilage turnover, to be utilized in the early detection of equine orthopedic disease. In addition to bone and soft tissue development, her other areas of research interests include modulating immune responses of horses through the diet in order to reduce pharmaceutical administration, the impact of mare obesity on reproductive performance, and the role of nutrition in late gestation.


  • Ph.D. in Animal Science, Texas A&M University
  • M.S. in Animal Science, Texas A&M University
  • B.S. in Animal Science, Texas A&M University