Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Mary Labato

Nephrology, Urology, Small Animal Medicine

Small Animal Medicine

A graduate of Tufts' first veterinary class in 1983,Dr.Mary Labato is a veterinary internist at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals. She specializes in all areas of internal medicine, with a primary interest in disorders of the kidneys and bladder. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

A native of western Massachusetts,Dr.Labato had severe allergies and asthma as a child—compelling her to keep turtles, rather than cats and dogs, as pets. As she progressed in her studies (and her allergies waned, allowing her to get a dog), she began to realize that she could combine her strong interest in science with her love for animals. She attended Smith College in Northhampton,MAbefore entering Tufts' then-nascent veterinary school. She spent a short time in private practice before returning to the school for a residency and, ultimately, a clinical faculty position.

Dr.Labato lectures in small animal medicine about the disorders of urination, as well as on drugs that influence the kidneys and bladder such as high blood pressure medication and diuretics. She primarily teaches during clinical rotations in the fourth year and instructs students on how to practice medicine. Her favorite cases are those that involve acute kidney injury, in which she has to use dialysis to get kidneys to start working again when they had stopped functioning completely.These are very happy ending cases,she says.

A winner of the Cummings School's Alumna of the Year award in 2001,Dr.Labato lives in nearby Shrewsbury with her husband, Paul, three dogs, Allie, Jason and Brie, and two cats named Jarrod and Sam. In her free time, she enjoys traveling—especially to Maine—sailing, sea kayaking, tennis, watching basketball and competing in agility competitions with Brie.


  • DVM - Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine - 1983

Board Certification

  1. Labato MA: Editorial : It’s a Kidney, not a Renal, J Vet Emerg Crit Care 21 (6): 587-588, 2012.
  2. Monaghan K, Nolan BG,Labato MA: Acute Kidney Injury: An approach to diagnosis, treatment and prognosis, submitted to Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 2012.
  3. Monaghan K, Nolan BG,Labato MA: Acute Kidney Injury: Pathophysiology and Etiology, submitted to Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 2012.
  4. Ross LA,Labato MA:  Current Techniques for Peritoneal Dialysis, J Vet Emerg Crit Care, submitted for publication, 2012.
  5. Gauthier C,Labato MA. Lewis M, Bain P: Mycoplasma as the cause of cystitis in a Dog. J of American Animal Hospital, submitted for publication, 2011.
  6. Cooper RL,Labato MA: Peritoneal Dialysis in Cats With Acute Kidney Injury: 22 cases, J Vet Intern Med 2011;25: 14-19.
  7. Brown S,  Elliot J, Atkins C, Bagley R, Carr A, Cowgill L,Labato MA, et al. ACVIM Consensus Statement, Guidelines for the Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Systemic Hypertension in Dogs and Cats, JVIM, 21(3), 2007.

General Research Interests

  • Nephrology/Urology Disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Interventional Endourology
  • Regenerative Medicine

Selected Research Projects

  • Acute Kidney Injury, Glomerulonephritis, Biomarkers
  • Feline Urethral Obstructions
  • Renal Replacement Therapy


  • Micturition Disorders: Small Animal Medicine & Surgery
  • Micturition Disorders, Non-Neurogenic: Renal Pathophysiology
  • Drugs for the Kidney & Lower Urinary Tract Disorders: Renal Pathophysiology
  • Case Examples: Renal Pathophysiology
  • Ethical Issues & Euthanasia
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Example - Respiratory Pathophysiology

Research Interests by Area

Regenerative Medicine
  • Clinical application of stem cells for renal disease.
Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Renal failure, protein-losing nephropathy in cats and dogs, hemodialysis, amyloidosis, interstitial nephritis, uro- and nephrolithiasis, glomerulonephritis, polycystic kidney disease

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Renal Diseases
  • Acute renal failure, glomerulonephritis