Dr. Edward Schettino Named ARL’s 9th President

Currently ARL's VP of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Services
Dr. Edward Schettino, newly appointed President and CEO of the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL photo)

Boston, MA - Today, the Board of Directors of the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Edward Schettino, DVM, PhD, as the 9th President and CEO of ARL.

Dr. Schettino succeeds current President Mary Nee, who will be retiring on May 1, 2020.

For the past five years, Dr. Schettino has served as ARL’s Vice President of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Services, and prior to this, was the Director of Veterinary Medical Services.

He has overseen ARL’s animal care and operations, law enforcement, community and shelter medicine, and community programs. Additionally, Dr. Schettino has been vital in advancing ARL’s vision for the future to reach animals and people most in need, leading program design and implementation for many of ARL’s innovative community-based programs.

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to have been appointed as the 9th President in ARL’s remarkable 120-year history,” said Dr. Schettino. “I greatly look forward to continuing ARL’s innovative programs to reach animals and people most in need, and to advance ARL’s vision for the future. I am also excited to work with our amazing and dedicated staff, volunteers, and supporters to continually challenge what we do and how we do it; and to always strive to improve the level of service and care to both the animals and the people that we serve so that ARL remains a leader and innovator in the animal welfare community.”

“After thoughtfully examining the qualities and skills desired in a new president, ARL’s Board concluded that Dr. Schettino’s extensive knowledge of veterinary medicine, deep understanding of animal welfare, business acumen, and leadership skills, makes him uniquely qualified to lead ARL’s vision for the future,” stated Walter Kenyon, ARL’s Board of Directors Chair. “He possesses the skills, passion, and leadership to advance our vision to reach, and positively impact even more animals and people in the years to come.”

Dr. Schettino received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and holds a Master of Business Administration from Clark University. Additionally, he earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Molecular Oncology and Immunology and a Master of Science in the Basic Medical Sciences from New York University, and a Bachelor of Science in both Zoology and Microbiology from North Carolina State University.

Prior to ARL, Dr. Schettino worked for more than 12 years in both private veterinary hospitals and animal shelter settings. He is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and, on behalf of ARL, has trained hundreds of police officers and veterinarians on identifying and reporting animal cruelty.


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