I’m Dr. Mohamed Mira, I’m the owner and veterinarian at Howard County Animal Hospital. We are a small, family focused practice serving Howard County and the surrounding area since the year 2000. Our focus on family is evident throughout the practice, my children and wife have worked here, and our clients grow with us too, returning over the years as their children grow and build their own families.
I was inspired to become a veterinarian at a very young age. I grew up in Egypt, and at 5 or 6 years old my older brother and I found a stray dog with a broken leg, he wasn’t walking on the leg, and obviously uncomfortable. Being resourceful problem solvers, we went to the local home hardware store and bought some plaster, and used some cotton and made a cast for the dog’s leg. Two months later when we removed the cast, the dog was well healed and I was hooked on this idea that I could solve problems and help animals. This experience inspired me to attend Veterinary school in Cairo from which I graduated. Then, upon moving to the United States, I obtained my DVM from Purdue University in 1993.
I continue to enjoy solving problems and relieving animal’s suffering. Like any science based professional, I love a good detective challenge. Following the clues and figuring out the issue is highly satisfying. Routine surgeries are also a highlight for me, because I can see the positive results of my work immediately.
When I’m not at the hospital I enjoy travel. My travel “bucket list” includes Austria, Germany and Scandinavia; all places where I can indulge in my love of photography.
At home I have my three children, wife and two kittens, Lulu and Buttercup who are especially loved (and named by) my youngest daughter. As with many families, pets are an important part of family life. I believe that pets can help teach our children compassion, empathy and responsibility. Pets can improve our quality of life, and the work I do helps ensure their quality of life too.
I have worked in vet med more almost 10 years, including care in GP and Therio. I love how every day is a new chance to keep learning. I have multiple dogs of my own including my show dog Doc. I also sit in the board for The Great Dane Club of Maryland.
Ashley has worked at Howard County Animal Hospital since September 2021. She loves working here because she loves the small group, small-town feel, and all the familiar faces.
Alexa has 2 dogs, 5 rats, and a rabbit; lives with her husband, enjoys gardening and sewing in her spare time.
Alexa has worked at Howard County Animal Hospital for 4 years. Alexa loves working here because: "Our patients are like family, and I love getting to watch pets grow from tiny puppies and kittens while maintaining good health into adulthood."
My life basically revolves around animals. When I’m not at work, I’m with my own pets or working on my hobby farm.
Bonnie has worked at Howard County Animal Hospital since 2021. Bonnie loves working here because: "Every day presents new adventures, new challenges, and new things to learn."
I live with my parents and 2 sisters, I have 3 hermit crabs and enjoy foster cats and kittens with the SPCA MD. During my free time, I enjoy playing guitar and reading. I love a good hike, my happy place is outdoors. For entertainment, I like to collect Funko Pops and vinyl records. Not to forget I'm a big Marvel fan.
Johara has worked at Howard County Animal Hospital since June 2021. Johara loves working here because: "The Team at HCAH works very well together. We have great clients. Not matter how roaugh thngs get at the end of the day we love and enjoy our work. Therefore I really do enjoy my working at the clinic not to mention meeting new furry friends."
Mostafa - or Max, as he prefers to be called - has worked at Howard County Animal Hospital for 12 years!
Howard County Animal Hospital
8459 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043
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