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.
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.