Dr. Steven Haase is a veterinarian with over 19 years of experience.
I grew up on a farm near Gilman, Illinois, and graduated valedictorian of my high school class. I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of Illinois. Prior to that degree, I was a Presidential Scholar at Illinois State University and obtained a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in German. My passion is to help animals and their families.
I enjoy all areas of medical and surgical practice, in particular soft-tissue surgery and dentistry, dermatology, and behavioral medicine. I enjoy interacting with clients and educating them on animal care—whether puppies and kittens, geriatric pets, birds, or “pocket pets.” I am a member of the AVMA, the ISVMA, the Chicago VMA and the University of Illinois Alumni Association.
In addition to veterinary medicine, I have taught community education courses in introductory-level German at the Heartland Community College branch in Pontiac. In July of 2011, my clinic was featured on a popular German television show at the time, called der XXL-Ostfriese: Unterwegs mit Knochenbrecher Tamme Hanken (“the XXLarge East Frisian: on the road with the Horse Chiropracter Tamme Hanken” ), which filmed at the clinic in November of 2010. I am fluent in both German and Low German (East Frisian dialect).
In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and going to my three kids’ activities—coaching them or keeping stats for their teams in baseball, basketball, and volleyball. My hobbies include hiking, traveling, wildlife watching, learning foreign languages, drawing/painting, volleyball, basketball, tennis and swimming. I also enjoy listening to music—including German pop music— and going to concerts of my favorite band, Santiano. Along with my wife and children, we live with our five pets: Shih Tzu Max, Moyenne Poodle Ruby, and Goldendoodle Minnie, and two Devon Rex cats named Benny and Gabby.