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Roberta Relford, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM, DAVCP

Roberta Relford, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM, DAVCP

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 9½ 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.

Prep your practice with these trends and make 2017 your best year ever

With 2017 upon us, now is the time to make sure your practice is set up to deliver the best care and service to patients and clients alike. Here are six trends we see for 2017 and how you can act on them and position your practice to succeed.

Hyperthyroid cats: The IDEXX SDMA Test is a more reliable indicator of kidney function than creatinine

Hyperthyroidism is a disease seen primarily in older cats, in which kidney disease is also common.

The clinical challenge is that hyperthyroidism can mask the presence of kidney disease,1 and there has not been a reliable routine diagnostic test that can assess kidney function in cats affected by hyperthyroidism—until now.