Dr. Lauren McEllen, a Cornell University graduate, moved to Arizona from New Jersey during the summer of 2017. She has always been an animal lover and grew up participating in a variety of 4-H projects including poultry, equine, and canine. Dr. McEllen also developed a love for research and completed projects in DNA analysis at Richard Stockton University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. This affinity for medicine fostered through hands on learning and academic experiences helped propel her career while studying at Cornell.
During her years at Cornell, Dr. McEllen gained additional training in radiology, pathology, and wildlife medicine through student technician and volunteer positions. Post-graduation, Dr. McEllen has developed a special interest in reproduction medicine including vaginal and surgical artificial insemination, scheduled and emergency c-sections, and breeding consultations. She also has a passion for behavioral medicine including the management of aggression and anxiety. Due to Cave Creek’s unique location, Dr. McEllen has developed a dedication to emergency medicine pertaining to wildlife encounters, toxicities, and environmental conditions. Despite treating many dogs and cats, Dr. McEllen also has a special love for chickens and enjoys seeing them as patients and consulting with owners regarding flock health.
Dr. McEllen currently lives with her beagle mix, Sienna, and a crested gecko. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and a wide variety of arts and crafts.