Taryn Pena, DVM
Dr. Taryn Peña grew up 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.
Before joining the North Austin Animal Hospital team, Dr. Peña completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship and then an Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine Internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.
Along with working at North Austin Animal Hospital Dr. Peña is also the veterinarian for the Austin Nature and Science Center, an exotic pet and wildlife sanctuary, and the Austin Bat Refuge. Her special interests include exotic animals and avian medicine and surgery.
In her spare time, Dr. Peña enjoys running and hiking. Her family includes her three dogs Kalika, Freya, and Tank, snake Tehya, many fluffy silkie chickens, and her pet tarantulas.