Dr. Relford is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of IDEXX Reference Laboratories. She received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University then worked as a small animal practitioner in Florida and Tennessee before pursuing advanced training. While in practice, Roberta became interested in diagnostics and obtained a Master of Science degree in veterinary pathology from Mississippi State University.
After moving to Texas, Roberta was on faculty at Texas A&M University for 9 ½ years and completed her pathology residency, internal medicine residency, and became a Clinical Assistant Professor. Roberta taught students and cared for pets that were referred to Texas A&M from across the state of Texas. During this time, she obtained a second doctorate with a Ph.D. in veterinary pathology and pursued advanced training in small animal internal medicine. Roberta has obtained board certification by both American College of Veterinary Pathologists and American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.