About Us

At Pekin Veterinary Clinic, people and their pets are our highest priority.

Small girl examining a dog with a veterinarian

We strive to provide your pet with the very best and most current in veterinary care through cutting edge medicine. For you, the pet owner, we offer outstanding service – we want you to know you are part of our family.

Our history

Dr. Joel Jess and wife Tammy purchased the Pekin Veterinary Clinic in 1990. Prior to that, it was a one-doctor practice with three support staff. Tammy Jess became the Hospital Administrator at that time, managing the clinic team of professionals, overseeing staff hiring and training, and handling financial concerns.

Tammy took on the challenge of designing and overseeing the building of Aboard the Ark in 1998 so that we could provide much needed boarding services for patients. Pursuing an area of intense personal interest, Dr. Jess obtained his certification in Canine Rehabilitation and Therapy through the University of Tennessee. As Dr. Jess expanded his field of expertise, he and Tammy opened the Small Animal Rehabilitation Center in 2004.

They quickly grew out of their original building and, in 2007 they added an addition and completed an extensive renovation to the veterinary hospital. Tammy tells us, "This expansion has allowed us to continue adding new and innovative equipment and services to serve our clients in the best possible manner."

  • They got my dog in right away when I called. Everyone is courteous and seem to genuinely love animals. Took good care of my dog and kept me informed.

    —Bruce Green

  • Doctors and staff are always kind and extremely efficient. Our pet loves going there which says a lot for their care.

    —Lori Bennett

  • Very professional, wonderful treatment!! I would recommend this facility to anyone who loves their pets

    —Lora King

  • Everytime I come here for any treatment they ALWAYS treat us like family. They show a deep concern for the pet and the owner. I tell everybody I know to bring their pets here!!! Thanks!!

    —Dawn Wade

  • "Best place I've ever been to! Everyone was extremely nice and helpful, I couldn't have asked for better!"

    —Tiffany Larson

  • "I'm always very happy with my interactions with the staff and doctors at Pekin Veterinay Clinic. I feel as though my concerns are addressed, and that the staff really cares about me and about my furbabies."

    —Sylvia Shults

  • "You can tell the Vet loves the animals. She got on the floor and played with the puppy and put her at ease. I thought that was very sweet!!"

    —Sheri Jones

  • "Great service. My dog was in need of care due to her condition and I was able to take her over right away and they worker her in. This is the kind of care and reaction I need for my dogs, and I received it."

    —Jacque Hess

  • "I have referred them to all my friends and family. They are great. There willing to work with you and are also fantastic with my dogs."

    —Diane Canizzo

  • "Wonderful as always! The people are always so nice and friendly. I feel our pet gets quality health care here."

    —Maribeth Kilbride

  • "You’re all the kind of people that make the world a better place for critters of all kinds."

    —Pekin family members Jody, Ed, Alyssia, Jake, Sweet Pea, Pippy, Simba, Cuddles, and Kera.