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Elizabeth   Settles DVM, DACVIM, JD

Assistant Professor Small Animal Internal Medicine

Dr. Elizabeth Settles attended the University of Kentucky from 1982-1986 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 Missouri from 1991-1994.  She became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Small Animal Internal Medicine.  She has also completed advanced training in Pharmacology and Immunology.

She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1994 where she practiced cardiology, internal medicine and emergency medicine in private practice for 10 years.  During that time she was also the Medical Director of both an independent emergency practice and a 24 hour specialty referral hospital.

In 1999 she began attending the University of San Francisco School of Law.  She graduated with her JD and a certificate in Intellectual Property and Internet Technology Law in 2002.  From 2004-2006 she worked as an internal medicine consultant with a large regional veterinary diagnostic laboratory. She 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 the ACVIM Foundation Board. 

Dr. Settles has spoken at national meetings on internal medicine and legal topics. She joined Pfizer Animal Health (Zoetis) in 2006 as a member of the Veterinary Specialty Team consulting for R&D as well as teaching sales staff and private practice veterinarians and staff across the United States. In January 2012 was promoted to Associate Director of Global Alliances focusing on Companion Animals and Emerging Infectious Diseases.  She left Zoetis in 2014 and worked in private practice on the U.S. West Coast until October 2017 when she joined RUSVM.


1982-1986 – Microbiology and Pipe Organ Performance Major – University of Kentucky

1982-1986 – Microbiology and Pipe Organ Performance Major – University of Kentucky

1986-1990 – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine & Graduate Work in Pharmacology – Auburn University

1990-91 – Internship – Small Animal Medicine and Surgery – University of Missouri

1991-94 – Dual Residency – Internal Medicine and Cardiology – University of Missouri

1999 –2002 – Juris Doctor and Certificate (With honors) in Intellectual Property & Internet Technology – University of San Francisco School of Law

2006 – Certified Master Coach – Behavioral Coaching Institute – New York, NY

2006 – Excellence in Speaking Institute – Exton, PA

2007 – Media Training – New York, NY

2007 – Project Management Fundamentals & Project Management at E-Speed – Bothell, WA

2008 – Mediation Certification Coursework – Bellingham, WA

2008 – Negotiation Strategies – Seattle, WA

2010 – Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference – Seattle, WA

2010 & 2011 – Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics – Biologics Training Program

2011 – Advanced Immunology Course – American Association of Immunologists

2011 – Applied Strategic Thinking Training Course

2012 – Certified Patent Valuation Analyst

2014 – Yellow Belt Training – Lean Six Sigma


Early detection of Emerging Infectious Diseases in veterinary species

Use of migratory bird patterns and weather to map disease spread

 Use of simulated learning environments to enhance pre-clinical training experience



Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Certified Master Coach – Behavioral Coaching Institute

Certification in Vet Stem Therapy

Certified Patent Valuation Analyst



1990 – Auburn University – Senior Veterinary Student Internal Medicine Award

1994 – University of Missouri – Redhage Resident Award

2000 – Auburn University – Young Achievers Alumni Award


Publication Highlights

1991 – Effect of recombinant erythropoietin on five canine blood donors – Oral presentation ACVIM Forum

1992  -  Heart rate variability in Veterinary Species – Oral presentation ACVIM Forum

1992 –  Multiple cardiac anomalies in a cat – Rochat MC, Lattimer JC, Miller MA, Constantinescue GM, Settles EL.  J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1992 Oct 1; 201(7): 1049-52

1994 – Fanconi syndrome in a Labrador retriever – Settles EL, Schmidt D.  J Vet Intern Med 1994  Nov-Dec;  8(6) -390-3