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Dr. Elizabeth Settles serves as Vice Chairman of the AKC Canine Health Foundation.
She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky where she studied microbiology and music performance. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University in 1990 and completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Missouri from 1990-1991. Dr. Settles then completed a dual residency in cardiology and internal medicine at the University of Missouri from 1991-1994. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Small Animal Internal Medicine and has completed advanced training in immunology.
Dr. Settles was in private practice for 10 years in the San Francisco Bay Area and served as the medical director for both an independent emergency practice and a 24-hour specialty referral hospital.
In 2002 Dr. Settles graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law with a juris doctorate and a certificate in intellectual property and internet technology law. She is a registered attorney with the United States Patent Bar and is a member of the Bar in the state of Washington. From 2004-2006 she worked as an internal medicine consultant with a large regional veterinary diagnostic laboratory.
Dr. Settles was associate editor of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association newsletter for many years and a member of the board of the AVMLA. She is a Past-President of the AVMLA as well as President-Elect of ACVIM Foundation Board. Dr. Settles has spoken at national meetings on internal medicine and legal topics. She joined Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health) in 2006 as a member of the Veterinary Specialty Team. In January 2012 Dr. Settles was promoted to Associate Director of Global Alliances for Zoetis focusing on Companion Animals and Emerging Infectious Diseases.