If you’ve ever taken your pet to McAfee Animal Hospital (MAH), you’ve doubtless interacted with one of their experienced and knowledgeable veterinarians. Over the course of the clinic’s nearly eight decades of experience, MAH has become one of the most trusted and respected animal hospitals in Northwest Indiana. As a leading animal healthcare provider in the Region, MAH has assembled an impeccable team of experts.
For nearly 30 of those years, Dr. Steve Violanti has worked vigorously to further MAH’s mission to enhance the health of the area’s loyal companions and, in doing so, has become one of the clinic’s favorite vets. Violanti knew early in life what he wanted to do when he grew up.
“It was a childhood dream,” Violanti said. “When I was about 10 years old, I decided I wanted to be a vet and never thought about doing anything different — I didn’t even have a backup plan if I didn’t get into vet school. I’m fortunate that I have found a really great passionate job that I enjoy going to every day.”
After graduating from Chesterton High School, Violanti attended Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. During vet school, Violanti got the chance to return home and earn an internship at one of the Region’s leading veterinarian clinics, MAH.
“I did my internship here back in 1989, and in 1996, I joined the practice as a full partner. This is the first place I’ve worked and the only place I’ll work," he said. "I’ve had the pleasure of working with both Dr. John [the founder of MAH], Dr. Larry, and his daughter who also practices here, Dr. Brooke.”
Through his three decades of experience at MAH, Violanti has developed an interest in small animal surgery. Each day is different for Violanti and the team at MAH, which drives their continued passion for their work.
“I look forward to coming into work every day and still enjoy going,” Violanti said. “If I had to redo it any other way, I wouldn’t change a thing. Seeing patients is great, but surgery and orthopedic surgery is something I’ve become passionate about.”
Aside from getting to do what he loves every day for a living, Violanti loves the family aspect at MAH.
“When MAH started, it was a small tiny house that had been remodeled a couple of times. About 13 years ago, we built the new place and we’ve been growing ever since. It’s a great family practice — I’m not a McAfee by any means, but we make the practice a good family,” Violanti said. “The family may change members every now and then, but a lot of people that have been here have been here a long time.”
In his free time, Violanti enjoys spending time with his wife, Catey, their three children, and their two Cavapoos.
For more information on McAfee Animal Hospital, visit www.mcafeeah.com.