Meet the Central Illinois Small Animal Rehabilitation Center Staff
Dr. Joel Jess
I am a 1986 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I acquired my love of animals growing up on a cow-calf farm in western Iowa. I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was ten or eleven years old. I guess I was lucky to know what I wanted to do with my life at an early age. Combining my love for animals and medicine has allowed me to live a fulfilling, wonderful life.
Although I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine, my areas of special interest include gastroenterology, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, and canine rehabilitation. I became certified in canine rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee in 2005. Practicing medicine gives me a great deal of pleasure when I can help not only our four legged friends but the owners as well. I strive to offer an array of options according to the owners’ desires. Flexibility is the key when consulting clients, and I try to provide the most current options and treatments available. I continue to update my professional skills to meet those demands. My passion is to help patients and their moms and dads with the most compassionate and complete care I can provide.
My pets include an independent tabby cat named Tuesday and a very soft-hearted, smart English Shepard named Lance. When not practicing medicine I enjoy spending time with my family, playing "over the hill" baseball, fishing, working at our Virginia, IL, land, and umpiring girls' senior and junior high softball. I've been practicing veterinary medicine for 30 years and love doing so more now than when I started.
Lead Technician/ CVT
I am a certified veterinary technician. I graduated from Parkland College in May 2010 with an Associate's in Veterinary Technology. I started working at Pekin Veterinary Clinic in August 2012. I chose to become a veterinary technician because growing up I have always had a love for helping and working with animals. I love seeing how helping someone's pet can not only change the pet's life but also the owner's. My pets include two American Quarter Horses named Scotty and Cash, a pony named Dorothy, and a cat named Vinny.
In May 2014 I married my husband and we have one son. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, barrel racing, canoeing, and many other outdoor activities.
I am a Certified Veterinary Technician. I graduated from Parkland College in 2007 with an Associate's degree in Veterinary Technology. Some of my veterinary interests include anesthesia, radiography and phlebotomy. I chose to become a technician because I have always had animals and felt compelled to help them.
I got married in August of 2010 to my high school sweetheart and we have a son named Brayden who keeps us on our toes. Our house is overrun by our three dogs, Rex, Rosco and Reese and our cats Dusty and Maverick. We also have our three horses, Copper, Derby and Faith as well as two goats. In my free time I am a volunteer firefighter/EMT and enjoy spending time with my family, horseback riding, and anything else outdoors.
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.
Doctors and staff are always kind and extremely efficient. Our pet loves going there which says a lot for their care.
Very professional, wonderful treatment!! I would recommend this facility to anyone who loves their pets
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!!
"Best place I've ever been to! Everyone was extremely nice and helpful, I couldn't have asked for better!"
"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."
"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!!"
"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."
"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."
"Wonderful as always! The people are always so nice and friendly. I feel our pet gets quality health care here."
"You’re all the kind of people that make the world a better place for critters of all kinds."