Darlene Hernandez has worked in the veterinary industry since 1996 and received her RVT certificate from Pierce College in 2001. After working in small animal and emergency practice for years, Darlene became a licensed falconer and found a passion for exotic animal nursing.
In 2005, Darlene also became co-owner and practice manager of a veterinary clinic which exposed her to all aspects of practice management. In 2008, Darlene undertook a new challenge as a consultant and project manager in the construction of Fixnation, a non-profit feral cat program. She worked with the California Condor Recovery Program helping coordinate and perform field examinations which included administering vaccinations for West Nile Virus in cooperation with the Center for Disease Control in a study on the effects of a vaccine for endangered California Condors. In addition, she was a prior Board of Directors Member of the CA RVT Association where she held a Secretary Member position on the new CARVTA Mentor Program.
As an owner of a veterinary practice, Darlene learned that staff education is a critical element in a veterinary practice’s success. Throughout her career, Darlene has had a special interest in the fields of dentistry, anesthesia and exotic care which inspired her to lecture and work for Webster Veterinary Supply. As a Veterinary Practice Trainer, her extensive experience and passion for animal nursing has inspired many technicians. She has lectured for companies and organizations such as Webster, OraStrip, Midmark, AZVMA and SCVMA. Darlene enjoys the opportunity to share her expertise and professionalism to improve nursing care and overall staff knowledge in general practice.