Dr. Taryn Pena grew on Long Island, NY where she first discovered her love for pets and wildlife. She completed a training program at a local wildlife center her senior year of high school and with that experience later received her New York State wildlife rehabilitation license. She received her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and during that time also completed undergraduate internships at the Riverhead Foundation Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Team and the Binghamton Zoo. She went on to complete her DVM at Cornell University where she volunteered and then worked at both the Wildlife Center and the Exotic Animal Service.
Prior to joining the North Austin Animal Hospital team, Dr. Pena completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship and then an Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine Internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Her special interests include exotic animal and avian medicine and surgery. She is excited to start working at North Austin Animal Hospital!
In her spare time, Dr. Pena enjoys running and hiking. Her family includes dog and hiking buddy, Kalika, snake Tehya and her 10 pet tarantulas.