A San Angelo native, Stevens earned his ASU bachelor’s degree in animal science and then graduated from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. He immediately returned home to work at a local veterinary clinic. But after five years, he wanted a new challenge, so he joined with former ASU and A&M classmate, Dr. Jeff Wheeler, to purchase the Arden Road Animal Clinic.
Since then, the practice has added a second facility, changed its name to Arden Animal Clinics, and expanded to include four vets and multiple vet techs and support staff that provide care for both large and small animals. Stevens also welcomes ASU pre-vet students to the clinics and gives “pep talks” on campus.
I want today’s students to know what is expected and to be prepared.
Dr. Brian Stevens
“I felt that was something I could help with,” Stevens said. “I know I felt a bit lost at times trying to figure out what classes to take, where my GPA needed to be and what my goals needed to be as an undergraduate. I want today’s students to know what is expected and to be prepared.”
It’s also how Stevens repays ASU for giving him a good start.
“I had some professors who were good mentors and were willing to push me,” he said. “They helped me realize that I wasn’t going to be given anything – I had to earn it. Because of them, I was prepared for vet school when I arrived. I think ASU does a great job of preparing students for other studies after undergraduate.”
For his career success and ongoing commitment to ASU, the Alumni Association has named Stevens its first-ever Distinguished Young Alumnus.
“I think it’s awesome that somebody thought enough of me that my name even came up for this,” Stevens said. “It’s definitely an honor. I’m excited to have this opportunity, and I think it’s cool that I’m the first, for sure.”