Dr. Lauren Thielen is making all the right strides in her reality TV journey. She stars in the National Geography show “Dr. T, Lone Star Vet.” From the time working as an understudy of Dr. Susan Kelleher to having her own TV show, Dr. Thielen has come a long way as an exotic animal veterinarian. Her patients are unlikely to be dogs and cats since she is best equipped to treat animals like birds, reptiles, and all sorts of unusual pets. At home, Dr. Thielen is open to having all kinds of pets and raised an American short-hair cat named Theo, Bronze-winged Pionus parrot named Evie, and two rabbits- Livvy, and Benjamin. In this article, we will explore Dr.Thelien biography details like her age, net worth, boyfriend, career progression.
Dr. Lauren Thielen was born on August 3, 1987, in Fort Worth, Texas. Born to parents Steve and Gretchen Thielen, Dr. Thielen was raised in Texas as the only child. There are little details on her childhood, of little what we know she started her formal education in her hometown. A person of many pets Dr. Thielen is an animal lover for sure, however, we do not know when exactly she began to have an affinity towards animals.
Dr. Lauren Thielen education, where she attended high school and college?
Dr. Thielen attended Fossil Ridge High School and graduated in the class of 2005. She enrolled her pre-med program at Midwestern State University in, Wichita Falls, Texas. And there in 2009, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with major Biology/Chemistry. In 2013 she received a DVM degree from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.
Career and progression
The pet health practitioner Dr. Thielen is passionate about exotic animals. She followed her instincts by learning from one of the top exotic vet doctors Susan Kelleher. For the year (2013 /14), she did an internship with Dr. Kelleher in the exotic animal medicine at Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital.
She received a board-certified Avian specialist certificate after a 2-year (2014-2016) Avian residency at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills, New York. Thereafter, she returned to Dr. Kelleher in Deerfield Beach, FL, and worked at Broward Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital as an Avian and exotic care veterinarian.
Dr. K Exotic Animal ER and leaving the show
During the time in Florida, as Dr. Thielen took on regular as well as urgent procedures on suffering exotic animals she became a figure on the reality show “Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER.” She featured alongside the poster lady Dr. Kelleher and worked on patients like rabbits, ferrets, foxes, fish, birds, reptiles, marsupials, and even primates.
She made her debut during the first season premiere on October 4, 2014. She appeared in 40 episodes until 2018. Although Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER has completed season 8 as of 2020, Dr. Thielen no longer is part of the show. She left Florida to her hometown in Texas to start her own exotic vet clinic.
Dr. T, Lone Star Vet
Her move back home has turned a new leaf in her career. Although a risky move at the time, she did not hold back to take the challenge and plunge into her own business. Dr. T started her exotic vet hospital Texas Avian & Exotic Hospital in Grapevine Texas. It is part of the veterinary specialty center. Alongside the new clinic, she got the opportunity to work on her own show. Dr. T, Lone Star Vet. Dr. T, Lone Star Vet is a National Geography show which first season premiere on October 13, 2019.
Dr. Lauren Thielen Personal life: Married or Single?
Dr. Tielen is yet to get married. She is currently in a relationship with Nicola Di Girolamo. Her boyfriend Nicola is also an Exotic animal doctor. Nicola doubles down as a professor for Oklahoma State University. For now, the pair has not shared when exactly the two started seeing each other. However, judging by their common interest in exotic animals we can say it is their profession that brought them together.
In the past, Dr. Theilen was in a relationship with Sean Samaniego. Not much is known about Sean besides the fact he and Dr. Thielen dated back in 2014. The relationship did not last long.
Under the calm and composed demeanor, Dr. Thielen hides her fears. This is how she is able to work under pressure and make a name in the competitive veterinary world. Her decorated career is a testament to her hard work and dedication. However, life has not always presented like she would have wanted. She suffered from a family tragedy in her early twenties. Dr. Thielen’s mother Gretchen Theilen passed away at the age of 47 on April 29, 2009.
In the veterinary career that has spanned over 8 years, Dr. Thielen has achieved both fame and wealth. She mainly earns through her profession and TV show appearances. As of now, Dr. Thielen has an estimated net worth of $1.5 M.
Age, Nationality, Ethnicity
Dr. Thilen is 32 years of age as of the time article is written. She is American and belongs to caucasian ethnicity.
More about Dr. Thielen
In addition to having loads of experience in treating exotic animals, Dr. Thielen has gained knowledge through field research of Avian creature particularly Macaws. She conducted field research on Macaws in the heart of the Amazon rainforest at the Tambopata Research Center in Peru. To do so, she even had to climb 100-foot trees to enter the nests of macaw pairs to examine their chicks, collect data, and provide veterinary care, as needed. Dr. Thielen serves as the Marketing Chair for the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. She is also a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She also finds herself helping pets beyond the walls of clinic rooms as she teaches pet owners how to care for them at home properly.
Date of Birth
August 3, 1987
Place of Birth
Fort Worth, Texas
Television Personality, Exotic animals Veterinarian