Dr. Ed Mapes



Dr. Ed Mapes graduated in 1980 from Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Since that time he has distinguished himself within the profession through the quality of medicine practiced at his hospital in Michigan, contributions to literature, leadership in the Veterinary Association, and instruction at college level veterinary courses.

Under the stewardship of Dr. Mapes, ELM Animal Hospital PC was known for its high standards of progressive medicine along with quality patient care and client satisfaction.

Dr. Mapes has been included in the Who’s Who of Veterinary Medicine, served as President of the Macomb County Veterinary Medical Association, and authored a newspaper column (Ask the Vet) in the Macomb Daily Newspapers for 15 years. He also contributed articles to Veterinary Practice magazine. He was a regular guest on local radio programs, was interviewed by television stations on matters concerning veterinary medicine, and served as instructor for the Surgery course at Macomb Community College’s Veterinary Technician Program.

Dr. Mapes left the veterinary field after 20 years of practice, and pursued his other passion, sailing. He parlayed his vast experience in sailboat racing and long distance ocean passage making into Voyager Ocean Passage LLC, making use of his standing as a world class sailor.


He provided comprehensive instruction to those desiring to learn the techniques and seamanship abilities necessary for ocean sailing. This involved written course instruction and actual ocean voyages during which the students served as crew members aboard Captain Mapes’ sailing vessel “Voyager”.

Ed Mapes authored three books published by major publishing houses, remains an Associate Editor for Sailing magazine, has written several courses for the on-line sailing institution NauticEd, and conducts live webinars for Seven Seas Cruising Association.

While very successful, the weeks at sea and conducting seminars around the country entailed too much time away from home and family. Ed made the decision to transition back to a career that allows more time at home, and he resumed practicing first class veterinary medicine while ensuring premium client service. The experience gained in presenting seminars to large groups of attendees at major sailboat shows around the country and at other functions has enabled Ed to become a sought-after public speaker.

He was the chief doctor at the Banfield hospital in Plano, Texas upon returning to the profession. After nine months at that hospital, he moved to the Animal Medical Center of McKinney from August of 2010 until April, 2012. He served as Chief Surgeon and handled the more challenging medical cases.

Under his leadership, that hospital began offering orthopedic surgical procedures such as anterior cruciate ruptures and medially luxating patellas. He diagnosed the first cases of Bartonellosis at the hospital, and pioneered the use of human interferon alpha in combination with azithromycin to treat afflicted cats.

He made the decision to establish Stonebridge Animal Hospital in McKinney because of his deep commitment to provide the very best medical options and therapeutics for his patients.

He has invested heavily in the most modern technology, and hand picked talented staff members who share that commitment. In addition to offering compassionate care and unrivaled client service, the team provides the most up to date methods of veterinary medicine. Included in the cutting edge services will be soft tissue and orthopedic surgery featuring laser surgery technology, which enables near bloodless procedures that create far less swelling, inflammation, and pain for faster recoveries.

The latest in-house laboratory equipment will enable comprehensive blood panels and many other tests in just minutes; providing crucial patient information far more rapidly than sending blood to reference labs.

Digital radiographs and digital dental radiography provide images of unmatched clarity and detail to assist in diagnoses that are impossible with traditional X-ray film procedures. This will allow specialized therapies such as restoration of fractured teeth and root canal therapies.

His keen interest in pain control and rehabilitation to help animals with acute and chronically painful conditions led to the investment in a laser therapy unit, and his team will provide a range of rehabilitation services to patients. Dr. Mapes has become certified in the modern techniques of stem cell implantation to treat even severe arthritic, tendon, ligament, and bony conditions.

This range of modern therapeutics sets Dr. Mapes and Stonebridge Animal Hospital apart in Veterinary medicine. While these specialized techniques are ongoing, the hospital also sees and treats the more common veterinary patients including puppies and kittens for examinations, vaccination, spay and neutering; provides comprehensive wellness programs to maintain health and detect disease early in its course, and manages patients with all of the ailments seen at other veterinary facilities. No matter the patient and no matter the ailment, Dr. Mapes and his staff, with the modern technology at hand, provide a high standard of patient care.

An article written by Dr. Mapes and published Town Square Buzz sums up his philosophy on medicine. That article, in its entirety, is seen below:




My first time at sea was in 1987. I was a crewman aboard a 43-foot sailing vessel that sailed from New York Harbor to Bermuda, and then on to St. Thomas in the U.S Virgin Islands. I’d done a lot of sailing and racing in the Great Lakes before that, but discovered that once you’ve gotten sea water in your blood, there’s nothing like sailing across an ocean.

Captain Ed Mapes drives Voyager in a fresh breeze during an ocean passage.


To leave the safe confines of a protected harbor for an ocean passage means taking on the sea and the elements with only the equipment on board and your seamanship abilities. There’s no help in sight, and none will be in sight for days no matter how badly you need it. That for me is the lure that keeps bringing me back.

Over the years I’ve logged over 97,000 ocean miles, and made port into many foreign lands. My business was called Voyager Ocean Passages, and we taught people interested in learning ocean seamanship how to cross oceans. They sailed as crew members aboard my boat, Voyager, and experienced the challenges, the misery, the absolute joy, and the pride of making landfall after crossing hundreds of ocean miles.

Now imagine that you are a crewmember, sailing across a thousand miles of empty ocean. You’ve never been away from the mainland before, and are frankly terrified of the passage and yet it’s something you’ve dreamed of doing since childhood. You come to know the ways of the boat, and what it takes to get through a day at sea. Nighttime is another adventure – yet another barrier for you to surmount; a dark night on the Atlantic Ocean – trusting in your boat and the skipper to get you through until sunrise. You see the vastness of the sea, and come to understand the unbelievable power that it has over you As the hours and days slip past, so do the sea miles. You watch the little dots on an ocean chart progress from your point of departure toward landfall, and it’s a great feeling to know that something incredible is being accomplished.


The end of another day at sea; next comes darkness and night watches.

You sail on through gale force winds; feel the wind-blown seawater against your skin. You endure standing watch in the middle of the night when you’re usually tucked securely into a motionless bed at home. You battle through seasickness and sometimes struggle to keep down food. You learn to overcome equipment failures, making repairs on the fly, and how to maintain a steady course. You work together with your mates toward a common goal – landfall.

And then at last, far away on the horizon, you see it; a tiny puff of land is actually in sight! There is to be an end to this journey after all!


The first sighting of land (left), even the small outline of a distant island, after a passage at sea is an emotional event. It brings about feelings of joy, relief, and a sense accomplishment in knowing that all the preparation abilities to cope with the unforeseen have paid off huge. Now imagine what runs through your mind after an adventure like that. You experience relief. You feel joy in the knowledge that before long you’ll step off the vessel onto a solid dock. You are proud of your accomplishments. And you feel immense gratification in knowing that your efforts have borne fruit. I can attest to all of these feelings, because I’ve lived them so many times, and I’ve seen so many sailing students make that step from the boat to shore with those same emotions. That feeling is why I sail.

Now envision if you will the sensation of knowing that you’ve taken someone’s dear pet that was sick or broken into your care. With the technology you’ve put together and your own hands, you make that animal better and watch as it walks out the door – making landfall. That feeling is why I’m opening this hospital.

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