Hear from avian and exotics veterinarian and co-star of the TV show, "Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER," Dr. Lauren Thielen talk about her journey into avian and exotics medicine. Seth and Dr. Thielen also talk about her advice for students and new veterinarians that are wanting to practice in this exciting area of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Lauren Thielen graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. From there, she completed an internship at Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital in Florida and then a 2-year avian residency at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in New York. After finishing her residency, Dr. Thielen returned to Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital to practice full-time. She has been there since and only recently left her position to move to Texas for a new career with Texas Avian & Exotics Hospital.
She is the marketing committee co-chair for the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at University of Miami Avian and Wildlife Laboratory, providing case consultations to veterinarians around the nation. Dr. Thielen is also featured on the television show Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER on NatGeo WILD, which is her platform for educating people all over the world about exotic animal care.
In her free time, she enjoys training jiu-jitsu, hiking, and traveling. She also loves spending time with her pets: cats Theo and Kit-10, rabbits Benjamin and Livvy, and bronze wing Pionous parrot, Evie.