Mike Edwards, DVM, MS, DACVS

Dr. Edwards has called Alaska home since 1980. He has enjoyed working with Alaskan veterinarians and pet owners since completion of his professional veterinary training in 1996. During that time he has focused his efforts to work closely with each pet family to determine and provide the optimal treatment for each patient and each family.

Upon graduation from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992  Dr. Edwards completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver Colorado. He then returned to Colorado State University for a three-year residency in small animal surgery. During this residency program Dr. Edwards received specialized training in orthopedic, soft tissue, oncologic, and neurosurgery. He conducted research on total hip replacement in dogs and on the construction and use of pins made from cortical bone to be used for fracture repair. 

At the completion of his training in 1996, Dr. Edwards returned to Alaska, established his practice originally known as Alaska Veterinary Surgical Services, and became the first Alaskan surgeon to offer tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) as treatment for ruptured cranial cruciate ligaments in dogs. He has implemented this technique successfully for the past 22 years. He attained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons by successful completion of the specialty board examination in 1999.  His primary clinical interest is orthopedic surgery including treatment for dogs with ruptured cruciate ligaments, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and fractures. He enjoys the opportunity to work with each patient and pet family to provide the optimal treatment plan suited for each lifestyle and each situation.

Outside of work, Dr. Edwards enjoys all that the Alaska wilderness has to offer.  He enjoys running, hiking, skiing, rafting, and packrafting with his girlfriend, his daughters and his Labrador retriever.