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April 16, 2021
Edward Schettino Now Leading Animal Rescue League of Boston
Edward Schettino
Edward Schettino

December 6, 2020 — The Animal Rescue League of Boston, a Boston-based nonprofit that works to enhance animal welfare, recently announced that Edward Schettino has been appointed president and CEO of the 121-year-old organization.

He succeeds Mary Nee, who retired earlier this year after serving as president of the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) since 2012.

Since 2015 Schettino served as ARL’s vice president of animal welfare and veterinary services. He joined ARL two years earlier as director of veterinary medical services.

Schettino was promoted to his new role in May as ARL was launching programs to help pet owners respond to the coronavirus pandemic, a spokesperson said.

Walter Kenyon, chair of ARL’s board of director said Schettino “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. 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.”

Schettino has overseen ARL’s animal care and operations, law enforcement, community and shelter medicine, and community programs. Additionally, he has led 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 ninth president in ARL’s remarkable 120-year history,” said 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.”

Prior to ARL, 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.

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

He also serves as a clinical instructor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Cummings School,

Founded in 1899, ARL provides veterinary care, adoption, and rescue services; while confronting the root causes of animal cruelty and neglect through innovative community programs, police investigations, and public advocacy. In 2019, ARL served more than 20,000 animals throughout Massachusetts.

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