Meet Our Avian & Exotic Veterinarians & Staff
Our team in Grapevine is a group of people whose veterinary medicine is fueled by a love of animals. We have extensive experience in exotic animal care and we thoroughly enjoy the diversity and complexity of these amazing animals. You can meet our team of exotic veterinarians and support staff below, but we’d love to see you! Give us a call to schedule an appointment and meet us in person!
Our Avian & Exotic Veterinarians
Dr. Lauren Thielen
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.
Dr. Sharman Hoppes
Dr. Sharman Hoppes is a Clinical Professor in the zoological medicine service at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Dr. Hoppes earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University in 1993. Prior to that, she worked as a registered nurse for 10 years caring for human patients. She completed an avian medicine and surgery residency in 1999 at North Carolina State University and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in avian practice in 2000.
She is a past-President (2012-2013) of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and is also an active member of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Dr. Hoppes joined TAMU in 2006 and her research interests include avian analgesia, avian behavior and enrichment and Avian Bornavirus in parrots through her work at the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center.
Our Veterinary Staff
Maryanne Farmer, Veterinary Technician
Maryanne grew up with a variety of pets, including dogs and cats, as well as small mammals and birds. Her love of animals drove her to pursue an Associates Degree in Veterinary Science, which she obtained in 2011. Since then, she has been working in South Florida as an exotic animal exclusive veterinary technician and comes with a wealth of experience. She always knew that working with animals would make her the happiest, but it was her dream of continuing to work with exotic and avian pets that led her to move to Texas to work at Texas Avian & Exotic Hospital.
Outside of the clinic, Maryanne enjoys exploring Texas, spending time outdoors, and reading. She is married to her husband, Jason, and they have a daughter, Emily, along with a few furry kids, too, including Guy the chinchilla, Bandit the rabbit, Gooey the hamster, and Chomper and China the two dogs.