Fiia A. Jokela, DVM, Dips. ABVP (Canine/Feline Practice)

Special Interest in Veterinary Behavior

Dr. Jokela is the founder and owner of Deer Run Animal Hospital in Schererville, IN. Recently, she discovered a passion for the field of veterinary behavior medicine, a topic not commonly covered in the traditional veterinary medical curriculum. She continues to actively pursue many continuing educational opportunities in behavior medicine and studies with some of the best veterinary behavior specialists in the world.

Dr. Jokela enjoys helping her canine and feline patients overcome behavioral problems such as house soiling, anxiety and aggression. Enlightening pet caregivers with behavioral knowledge and helping to relieve the fears and anxieties of her canine and feline patients has fulfilled a life long dream! She believes true holistic veterinary care needs to encompass both physical and behavioral health. She also believes that veterinary professionals and dog training professionals who work together can empower each other to better serve the needs of pet caregivers around the world! 

Joining the A Sound Beginning Program has provided a wonderful opportunity to share ideas and work alongside some incredibly talented dog training professionals. The program provides a way to use Dr. Jokela's veterinary background and knowledge of animal behavior to help shelter and rescue dogs join with their new adopters to achieve successful transitions into their forever families. “There is nothing more rewarding than building and preserving the precious human-animal bond!”

Dr. Jokela currently has 5 pets of her own, 4 dogs and 1 cat, each named in honor of her Finnish heritage. Although it is difficult to find time to get away, she enjoys visiting the beautiful forests 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.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, 1990
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine & Feline Practice 1998
  • Member of Chicago Veterinary Medical Association CVMA
  • Member of American Society of Veterinary Behavior AVSAB
  • Attended the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) Institute of Behavioral Medicine instructed by Dr. Karen Overall, DACVB, CAAB
  • Currently taking a year long online course on Veterinary Behavioral Medicine from the University of Sydney, Australia
  • Currently mentored by Veterinary Behavior Specialist, Dr. Sara Bennett, MS, DACVB 


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In-Home Training

For those who prefer personalized training in the comfort of your home, we offer several options with one of our experienced behavioral trainers using only humane, science-based methods.

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