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Veterinarians

Dr. Lauren Cohn
Veterinarian Owner
Fishtown Animal Hospital was founded by our veterinarian‐owner, Lauren Cohn, DVM, CVA. Following graduation from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, Dr. Cohn completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ. She then went on to complete a specialty internship in Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. She simultaneously earned her Certification of Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) and Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Florida. With a diverse education as a foundation, Dr. Cohn offers a well‐rounded approach to veterinary medicine through both conventional and alternative therapies. She opened Fishtown Animal Hospital with the goal of placing knowledge and patient interests above all else. Dr. Cohn understands how stressful it can be when your pet is sick, and believes communication is key in developing treatment plans and helping you and your pet through difficult situations. She has special interest in internal medicine and acupuncture. Dr. Cohn lives in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia with her husband Richard, her six rescue cats (Asia, Damien, Seven, Penelope, Baby Elephant and Phoenix) and her dog Kane, that she rescued from the Caribbean when she was in vet school. She is an equestrian and in her spare time enjoys riding Aloha, her Friesian horse.
Dr. Stephanie Harrier
Associate Veterinarian
Growing up in Michigan, Dr. Steph Harrier developed a passion for science, which led her to double major in Biology and Chemistry. Dedicated to the field, she went on to obtain her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 2011, and joined the Fishtown Animal Hospital team in 2017. She has made it her mission to care for her patients as if they were her own. Her professional interests include Emergency and Critical Care. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society. She shares her home with her spouse Jana, 4 cats: Ayo, Bug, Sweetie and Zulu and her dog Macaroni!
Dr. Alison Messina
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Alison Messina grew up in Staten Island, NY and obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Biology from Rutgers University in 2005, followed by her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Dr. Messina completed her veterinary clinical program at the University of Pennsylvania, which brought her to Philadelphia and helped foster her love for this city. Dr. Messina’s professional interests include feline and geriatric medicine, and acupuncture. She also has a passion for animal rescue and is a strong advocate for animal welfare. Dr. Messina is dedicated to providing high-quality care for her patients, while also providing comfort and compassion to their families. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Messina enjoys cooking vegan cuisine, running, creating art, and spending time with her dogs (Royal and Sammy), cats (Elliot, Bruiser, and Virtute) and rabbit, Hope.