Dr. Fernando Leyva grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Boca Raton, Florida. From an early age he was intrigued by how things worked, and how they could be made better. At the age of three, his curiosity and love of animals was sparked by his Golden Retriever, Okie. When it came time for college, he decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
Dr. Leyva graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Sciences. He attended Colorado State University where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. During veterinary school he was the recipient of the prestigious Thomas L. Spurgeon Award for Excellence in Anatomy. Also, while in veterinary school, he completed a research fellowship with the Neuroscience Department at Stanford University School of Medicine.
After graduating from veterinary school, he completed an intensive one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists and Cancer Treatment Center. He went on to complete a one-year small animal surgery internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Leyva has completed a comprehensive three-year surgery residency for certification in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, under the direction of Dr. Dominic J. Marino, with the Department of Surgery at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. He has been involved in numerous research projects and has been published in a number of scientific peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Leyva’s clinical interests are in neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and soft tissue reconstruction. His research interests involve spinal cord trauma. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, watching sports, spending time outdoors, and exploring everything that New York City and Long Island have to offer.