Dr. Steve Edwards, large animal veterinarian
My story of becoming a veterinarian is not a common path for veterinary students. I was born in Detroit and raised in Redford Twp. I grew up in a suburb but fortunately I had an uncle that farmed in Stockbridge. I got to spend time on the farm on weekends and summers. He raised beef cattle, horses, chickens and hogs. It was a great experience growing up around all these animals. Over the years, I had not experienced a veterinarian on the farm, so it was not a career choice that came to my mind. My family moved to Pinconning, MI when I was in high school. Then, I went to college at Michigan Tech in Houghton. Initially, a chemical engineering student then a pre-med. Surprisingly, I was discouraged from going to medical school by a local physician who was a bit disgruntled with the insurance system. So there I was, a college junior without a career choice.
It was Christmas break, my junior year and I was sitting at the kitchen table with my mother. The local veterinarian drove by the house on his way to treat the neighbor’s horse. I turned to my mother, pointed at the truck and said, “hey, that would be a great job”. I was thinking, I would still be a medical doctor, but for animals instead of people. I would be mobile and not be inside an office all day. I would be able to own my veterinary business and be my own boss. I called the vet and he picked me up the next morning. The following summer I showed up at his home at 8:00 every morning and rode with him all summer. I changed my degree to Wildlife Biology and applied to veterinary school. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from Michigan Tech and was accepted to Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.