Arlin Karsten was born and raised on a diversified crop and livestock farm in eastern Iowa. He attended Iowa State University where he graduated with Distinction in the University Honors Program, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 1982 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1986.
Doctor Karsten practiced in Nebraska and Illinois and spent 5 years in the feed industry as a nutritional consultant and feed products manager before he had the opportunity to purchase a practice in Norway, Iowa. The Norway Veterinary Clinic was a mix of small and large animals but was heavily focused on smaller, family operated farrow-to-finish swine farms.
Dr. Karsten has been teaching in the agriculture program at Kirkwood Community College for the past 19 years. He currently teaches classes in food animal nutrition, canine and feline nutrition, agricultural biology and chemistry, pharmaceutical calculations, large animal and poultry medicine, and large animal care. Dr. Karsten’s students are enrolled in ag production, ag business, ag transfer and veterinary technology programs.
Dr. Karsten also continues to practice and is a staff veterinarian at the Kalona Veterinary Clinic which provides veterinary care and consulting services to both small and food animal clientele.
As a staff consultant at Jefferson Davis Associates, Dr. Karsten’s interests and efforts are focused on developing animal health and biotechnology market intelligence that identifies product value both in terms of production efficiencies and consumer value.