VCA Swengel Animal Hospital

John Swengel, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Purdue University


A member of the team to first successfully implant a pacemaker in a dog, Dr. John Swengel established Swengel Animal Hospital in 1983. A native of Indianapolis, Dr. Swengel previously practiced medicine as a clinician at Shelby Street Animal Clinic from 1971 to 1983. Dr. Swengel attended Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1971. His professional interests include general surgery and internal medicine. Dr. Swengel is a member of a number of veterinary and professional organizations, including the Central Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (Past President), the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. He also served previously as a board member of the Indiana State Board of Health and Controlled Substances Subcommittee and is a past member of the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Dr. Swengel and his wife, Anne, have two children, Julie and Jenni, and a granddaughter, London. His hobbies include golf, skiing, reading and riding his motorcycle.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.