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10140 W 44th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Dr. Lauren Palena was born and raised in New Jersey and completed her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. She then received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. She plans to pursue a career in emergency medicine with special interests in ophthalmology and wildlife medicine.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking to waterfalls, playing video games and board games, and cooking. One of her favorite animals to work with are lions, but she dreams about working with snow leopards.

Published Article

  • Salmonella isolated from central New York wildlife admitted to a veterinary medical teaching hospital. Journal of wildlife diseases. Read Article


Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Animal Science Major, Biology Minor

University of Pennsylvania


Wheat Ridge
Animal Hospital

10140 W. 44th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033


WRAH is open 24/7, 365

Vision Statement

Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital will be the premier veterinary hospital in the state, providing unsurpassed veterinary care and client service, offering the best possible clinical outcomes for our patients and an empathetic partner in the process for our clients.

Bill Cicero, BS, MBA, Hospital Director

Directions to Wheat Ridge
Animal Hospital

300 E. Alameda Ave.
Denver, CO 80209

Wash Park is open 7 days
1:00pm – 10:00pm

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