Certified Veterinary Technician
Arlene is yet another team member who is following a new career path at IWVC. She has an extensive background in science education, having taught science to all ages from kindergarten to adults. Arlene graduated from Villanova University with a BS in Biology. This was followed by an MS in Secondary Education from Cabrini University. Interested in improving her practice, Arlene returned to Temple University where she obtained a Doctorate in Science Education in 2004.
In 2013, after 27 years in the field of education, Arlene decided to pursue a second career working with animals. This decision was inspired by her love for animals as well as the biological sciences. She obtained her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Nursing from Penn Foster College in 2016, passed her licensing exam and became a certified technician in the spring of 2017. In the summer of 2016, Arlene completed her nursing externship at Indian Walk, and fell in love with the people as well as the animals. She considers herself very fortunate to have been welcomed at such a fine, caring facility. Currently, she works full time teaching science to High School students, acts as an adjunct Science Education professor at local universities, and works part-time at IWVC.
Arlene shares her home with her husband Alan, as well as 7 lovable cats, 2 large dogs, 2 bunnies, 3 chickens, 2 finches and a hamster named Guinevere. She also has two adult children. Marc is an accountant specializing in estate taxation and Julia is a licensed social worker who assists children and adolescents.
A voracious reader of veterinary nursing journals, Arlene has a particular interest in anesthesia and surgery. She enjoys traveling and caring for her pets and her home. Arlene hopes to make her second career full time in the near future.
Arlene shares her philosophy with the following:
“There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going.” ~ Beverly Sills
“A person who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ~ Albert Einstein
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul has remained unawakened.” ~ Anatole France