Illinois Instructors

Marlene Purden CVT

Marlene  is a Certified Veterinary Technician that has been practicing veterinary medicine for the past 10 years in the Bloomington-Normal area.  She began as a veterinary assistant for a no kill animal shelter in 2007 and attended Parkland College for her Associates Degree in veterinary technology, which she obtained in 2012. Since then, she has been working as a CVT in small animal/exotic practice and enjoys every opportunity to educate clients as well as veterinary professionals in every aspect of veterinary medicine.  She strongly believes in being an advocate for every animal whose voice may not be heard otherwise. Her hobbies include photography, traveling, hiking, and spending time with her own two dogs, Deke and Riley.

Katie Borowiak CVT

Katie has been a practicing Certified Veterinary Technician in the Chicagoland area for 20 years.  She has had the opportunity to experience the many aspects of veterinary medicine throughout her rewarding career while working in a small animal clinic, a specialty referral hospital and as an instructor for a veterinary technician program.  She has devoted the last 10 years of her career exploring her passions in veterinary surgery, anesthesia and critical care. Having a soft spot for bully breeds has motivated Katie to become involved in rescuing and advocating for the silly, lovable breed.  When she is not busy cuddling her Pit Bull, Cinder, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and decorating.

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper is currently a licensed paramedic with Johnson County Ambulance Service and has been a paramedic for 8 years. Mark also works full time for the Illinois Department Of Corrections and spent 10 years working for County Line Pet Hospital as a veterinary assistant. Mark has two puggles named Jerry and Delores and a cat named Chicken.