Fiia A. Jokela, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Canine/Feline Practice)
Dr. Jokela is a 1990 graduate of Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1998 she achieved Board Certification in Canine and Feline Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). In 2008 she renewed board certification by passing the ABVP recertification exam.
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Dr. Jokela is one of the original founders of Deer Run Animal Hospital which first opened its doors in 2001.
Dr. Jokela has a special interest in veterinary behavior medicine. This is a field that is sadly not taught to most veterinarians during their education. She currently is working toward a second board certification in Veterinary Behavior Medicine and is currently working on a behavior residency under the mentorship of Veterinary Behavior Specialist, Dr. Sara Bennett, MS, DACVB.
Dr. Jokela currently has a family of 4 pets.
"Tuovi" is a female terrier mix that came to Deer Run as a homeless puppy with severe low blood sugar. After a few days of intensive care, the bond between dog and DVM was permanent and "Tuovi" joined the family. "Teppo" is a very debonair kitty with deep green eyes, he was born of a feral mother in Dr. Jokela's neighborhood. "Bentley" was a sad little homeless puppy turned into Deer Run during the freezing winter of 2013. He is a mixed breed with a splash of Boxer heritage and he has grown up to be the most handsome boy!
The latest addition is the magnificent "Arandano" a rescued Galgo or Spanish Greyhound who came back from Spain with Dr Jokela when she was on a mission to help this tortured breed of Spain. To learn more about the mission, view the video documentary: Unbreaking the Galgo. The Galgos were once the dogs of royalty in Spain but are now cruely treated and discarded like trash. Arandano says he is loving the US and his new family!
Some of Dr. Jokela's most special pets sadly have passed over the rainbow bridge recently and included "Tikko",her beloved diabetic kitty and "Saima" a Black Lab Mix that was the heart and soul of her animal family. "Raimo" her beloved rescued Whippet who bravely fought bone cancer and loyal "Liisa" a sweet and beautiful rescued black lab.
Although it is difficult for Dr Jokela to find time to get away from the animal hospital, she enjoys visiting the beautiful northwoods of Northern Minnesota where her grandparents settled after immigrating to America from Finland. She enjoys spending time at her family's rustic cabin on an island near Ely, Minnesota and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.