What Love Deserves

A team of excellence.

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What Love Deserves

A team of excellence.

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Thorough. Careful. Talented. This is a team of driven veterinary professionals united by one mission: take care of your pet the way we would take care of our own. Every single time.

DOCTORS

Dr. John Samon

Fear Free Certified Professional

Dr. John W. Samon has lived here since 1974. His family has lived in Austin since the early 1900’s, and many of them still live here today. Dr. Samon received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science in 1992, Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science in 1994, and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (Cum Laude) from Texas A&M in 1997. His special interests include surgery, geriatric care and pain management. Dr. Samon is a lifetime member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners with Silver Certification in keeping a Cat Friendly Practice.

Dr. Christine McCoy

Fear Free Certified Professional

Dr. Christine McCoy is originally from Sugar Land, Texas but now considers Austin home. She lives in south Austin with her husband Scott and dogs Alice and Zoe. On her time off she enjoys yoga and stand-up paddle boarding. Dr. McCoy received her Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Her special interests include cardiology, dermatology, wound care and feline medicine. Dr. McCoy is a member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Kimberly Sabo

Fear Free Certified Professional

Dr. Sabo grew up outside of Detroit, MI. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Michigan State University and a certification from the Production Animal Scholars Program prior to acceptance into the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State. After graduation from vet school, Dr. Sabo moved to Boston where she completed an internship in small animal emergency and critical care. Dr. Sabo worked as a relief veterinarian in Austin until March 2018 before finding the right fit here at Star of Texas Veterinary Hospital. Her particular interests are dermatology and critical care. When Dr. Sabo is not busy, she loves playing ultimate frisbee. She has been playing competitively for 14 years! She has 3 cats, Moxie (12), Yoshi (10) and Stewart (13).

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

–Anatole France

LEADERSHIP

Dana

Fear Free Certified Professional

Dana has worked with Dr. Samon since 1997. She has 27 years’ experience working in the veterinary field with the last 16 years devoted to being a practice manager. She is dedicated to the care and comfort of all companion pets. Her family of pets consists of Jada, Dillon, Rhaegar, Nugget, Chewbacca, and Gray Worm. In 2017, she added 2 goats, Brady & Lucy, to her pack. When not at work, Dana can be found playing roller derby with her team, the Holy Rollers, or floating on the San Marcos river.

“Cats are angels with fur.”

– Sark

VETERINARY TECHNICIANS

Vanessa

Fear Free Certified Professional

Vanessa has been with our team since early 2012. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2010. She enjoys the field so much, she went on to complete her Certified Veterinary Technician training at Austin Community College this year. Vanessa has 2 “children”, Precious, her chihuahua, and Gremlin, a one-of-a-kind Terrier-Chi. Gremlin accompanies Vanessa to work, so if you’d like to see what a Terrier-Chi looks like, he’ll gladly come visit you! Vanessa has been a great addition to our team here at Star of Texas!

Hannah

Fear Free Certified Professional

Hannah moved to Austin in 2008 after graduating from Texas State University. She double-majored in Graphic Design and Photography, but it was her passion for animal welfare that led her to our team in 2017. Her favorite things include playing board games, competing with her roller derby team, and snuggling with her two cats, Bear & Thea.

Helena

Fear Free Certified Professional

Bio Coming soon…

Toni

Fear Free Certified Professional

Toni has been with our hospital since 2017. After raising three wonderful children, she decided to finally pursue her passion, animal health and nursing. Toni and her husband Chris, moved to Austin from Chicago in 2012, and fell in love with this city! When not at work, she volunteers her time at Austin Pets Alive, hangs out with her family, and snuggles with her own fur babies.

Val

Fear Free Certified Professional

Bio Coming soon…

Maribel

Fear Free Certified Professional

Coming Soon!

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

–Martin Buber

CLIENT CARE SPECIALISTS

Brenan

Fear Free Certified Professional

Bio Coming soon…

Lori

Fear Free Certified Professional

Lori grew up in south east Michigan and has a degree in illustration from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Lori moved to Austin in 2009 with her husband Dylan and has worked as a video game concept artist in the past. Though Lori loves art and design, her love of pets is just as strong! She began her job as a Client Care Specialist with Star of Texas in 2016. Her 2 pups, Hudson and Jack, and her cat Banzai, make her smile daily with their silly antics (although Lori wishes they’d earn their keep more around the house)! In her spare time, Lori enjoys watercolor, playing video games, gardening and exploring the area with her twin sister.

Rebekkah

Fear Free Certified Professional

Rebekkah moved to Austin in May 2013 to continue her education at Texas State University where she studied Sports Psychology. When she is not working, she is on the trails exploring new adventures with her two Siberian Huskies Jack and Achilles. Rebekkah’s hobbies include: ultra-running, camping, exploring and cooking. Rebekkah’s lively spirit and passionate nature shine when she is working with clients and their pets.

Krystal

Krystal has lived in Austin for the majority of her life, and has worked with Dr. Samon since 2007. She loves working with both animals and people and enjoys learning new things in veterinary medicine. She has two very sweet rescued pit bulls, Jersey and Tyson, a yorkie, Pebbles, and Isaac and Sassy, her 2 cats!

Kat

Office Cat

Kat has been with us since 2007. She is the “brat” of our pack! She rules the roost and lets everyone know it! She is elusive to strangers but once she gets to know you, she will talk your ear off! She has a limp due to the fact that early on in her life, she had a muscle tear that did not heal right.