Dr. Schell is the Director of the Office of Surveillance and Compliance (OS&C) in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at FDA. The Office is responsible for monitoring marketed animal drugs, food additives, and veterinary devices to assure their safety and effectiveness. Prior to the OS&C Director role, he led regulatory affairs strategies in several areas at Elanco Animal Health, expanding the firm’s global initiatives in animal drugs and feed additives. He rejoined FDA in February of 2019. Previously at the FDA, he served with CVM for fourteen years, joining in 2000 as a reviewer of new animal drugs for swine and poultry. Over the course of his tenure, he held increasingly more challenging and higher profile positions throughout the Center that solidified his expertise in animal foods and drugs, as well as applied research. He held the positions of Team Leader for the Swine and Poultry Drugs team, Deputy Director of the Division of Animal Feeds, and acting Director and Deputy at CVM’s Office of Research. Prior to joining the FDA, Dr. Schell was an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia with specialization in swine nutrition. He also worked at Continental Grain Company for four years as a swine research consultant, conducting nutrition research and consulting with livestock producers.
Dr. Schell earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. in animal nutrition at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. He completed his undergraduate degree in animal and dairy sciences at Auburn University.