Apex Alumni: Shelley Standford       

Shelley Standford, DVM, leads a team of 50 veterinarians as Zoetis Group Director of U.S. Companion Animal Veterinary Professional Services. 

Dr. Stanford is an Illinois native and earned her DVM from the Univ​ersity of Illinois in 1997. Shelley spent five years in veterinary practice, four of which were in swine exclusive practice in Indiana. In 2002 Shelley joined Pfizer Animal Health. While working as a field-based Technical Services veterinarian she worked directly with swine veterinarians, producers and the Pfizer Animal Health team. In 2008 Dr. Stanford earned an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University, and an MBA from Indiana University. That year she was invited by Pfizer Animal Health’s Global New Products Marketing group to lead the Global Therapeutic Review for Swine Respiratory Disease.
In 2009 Dr. Stanford began leading the marketing strategy for U.S. swine biologicals as Sr. Marketing Manager. While in this position she created and led cross-functional brand teams to develop growth orientated marketing plans for mature brands.  She also led unique and successful launches for new products in the biologicals marketplace while promoting leadership in disease prevention and overall pig health. Other advancement at Pfizer include: Director of the Pork Technical Services team, Chief Scientific Advisor for the Pfizer Animal Health U.S. pork team, Group Director of the ZOETIS U.S. Companion Animal Veterinary Profession Services, Zoetis Emerging Leader, President’s Circle, and Innovation Award recipient in 2010 and 2011.

Dr. Stanford is a 2013 Purdue University Book HarmonLeadership Fellow, and an active member of the AVMA.

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