Idexx chief medical officer plans 2019 retirement

Dr. Roberta Relford has served as CMO since 2013.

Idexx chief medical officer plans 2019 retirement
Dr. Roberta Relford earned her DVM from Auburn University and started with Idexx as the head of pathology and internal medicine.

Veterinary diagnostics and software giant Idexx Laboratories Inc. is looking to fill a looming hole on its executive team.

Chief medical officer Roberta Relford, DVM, MS, Ph.D., DACVIM, DACVP, announced her intention to retire in early 2019, the Westbrook, Maine, company reported Oct. 8.

“As many of you know,” Dr. Relford wrote in a notice to colleagues, “I have a new partner, and he and I are about to begin a fascinating and exciting new chapter in our life together. We are embarking on a new journey where we will be training colts and traveling the country.

“I didn’t make this decision lightly,” she added. “I leave behind the best job and career a person could ask for. At Idexx, I have been part of setting new and higher standards of care for pets around the world, and I can’t imagine a better team with which to do this important work.”

Dr. Relford joined Idexx in 1996 after serving on the faculty at Texas A&M University. She became chief medical officer in January 2013.

A job opening posted at seeks applicants who have at least 10 to 15 years of relevant experience as well as veterinary medical expertise, business and market acumen, and leadership skills.

Idexx employs more than 7,000 people worldwide. Protection Status