Dr. Amira Abdel-Malek (also known as Dr. A) a native Houstonian, laughs, “I was four years old when we visited a vet, and I told my mom that’s what I was going to do with my life too! I’ve always had a love of animals. I was known in my Southwest Houston neighborhood as the kid with the ‘zoo’. I had them all: dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, rats, mice, snakes, turtles, and birds!”
A Texas A&M graduate, Dr. A earned her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery at University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine in Scotland. She worked for five years as an associate, and then went to work for herself as a relief (“traveling”) veterinarian for another five years. “That time allowed me to be my own boss, but I missed the relationships with my clients and their pets. Pairing my experience with the knowledge of what aspects of vet medicine I liked and didn’t like during my travels, I launched Sugar Land Veterinary Clinic.”
What’s different? Dr. A really believes in personal service, being thorough, and transparency. “With me, it’s never bing, bam, boom…in and out in a 10-minute appointment. I take the time to get to know you, examine your pet, give you space to ask questions, come up with a game-plan, and make sure I explain it so that we are on the same page. Vet medicine has really changed in the past decade. People want the best for their animals, often the level of care that they would want for themselves. I offer state-of-the-art care (in-house labs, digital x-ray, ultrasound). However, there are no surprises. If your pet requires care, you know the cost upfront. If you cannot do ‘Plan A,’ there’s always a ‘Plan B’ or ‘C,’ etc. I sometimes offer medical boarding for families whose pets may require hospitalization, but they cannot afford the necessary care at the emergency clinic.” Same-day drop-off appointments are also available: Your pet can be seen while you work or run errands.
When she’s not working, Dr. A enjoys reading and spending time with family, friends, and her rambunctious red golden retriever, Kenobi.