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Dr. Mina Youssef

Dr. Mina Youssef

Owner, Veterinarian

For as long as he can remember, becoming a veterinarian has been Dr. Mina Youssef’s dream. He was raised around all kinds of pets and farm animals, and never took for granted the happiness they brought him. Now, Dr. Youssef has achieved his goal and is the owner of his own practice, North Star Animal Hospital!

Dr. Youssef was born and raised in Egypt and attended veterinary medical school in Cairo. After graduation, he moved to the United States and attended the University of Missouri until 2007, when he began working in general practice. Three years later, he transitioned into emergency medicine before opening North Star Animal Hospital on Valentine’s Day, 2014. Internal medicine cases are some of Dr. Youssef’s favorites—they can be quite challenging and truly test his skills! He’s also fond of dental work and seeing a pet’s overall health improve after an oral cleaning.

When he isn’t caring for pets at the clinic or spending time with his family and Ottah, his playful Siamese cat, Dr. Youssef enjoys playing tennis, swimming, and traveling.


Dr. Pittman

Dr. Pittman

Veterinarian

I was born in Anniston, Alabama, where I spent my days playing in the woods near my house, looking for lizards, snakes, frogs, fallen baby birds and any other animal that I could catch and bring home, often to the surprise and disgust of my mother! I have always had a love for animals ever since I can remember. When I was 5 years old, we got our first family dog and I would tag along to his appointments with the veterinarian. This is how I learned of the veterinary profession and, henceforce, it would be my goal to become a veterinarian myself.

My family moved to San Antonio, Texas when I was 8 years old. I never lost sight of my dream as I attended UT Austin and got my Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2006. I went on to attend Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2010. After graduation, I moved back to San Antonio and have been practicing here ever since. I took my first job at Becker Animal Hospital, working overnights, where I got experience handling emergency cases and becoming proficient in surgery. I then went on to work at Mission Pet Emergency where I enjoyed the thrill of emergency medicine and got satisfaction from helping pets and their families at a time when they needed it the most. When my daughter was born in 2015, the strenuous hours of emergency medicine became too difficult to manage as I navigated through the world of new parenthood. I took a job at a daytime practice, focusing more on preventative care medicine. This change allowed me to work and to also be at home with my daughter when she needed me. I developed an interest in dentistry during this time and loved to see the quality of life improve for a pet when it received proper dental care.

When I’m not at work, I am spending time with my daughter, Eliana. She is the light of my life. We have many pets at home, as my daughter and I share a love for animals. We have 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rabbits, a hamster and a snake. We love going to the San Antonio zoo, the Witte museum, and the park to feed ducks and look for turtles.

I’m happy to join the team at North Star Animal Hospital, where I can practice quality medicine and continue to help the pets and people of San Antonio.


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25,357

Sloppy Kisses

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Bellies Rubbed

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22,153

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