Dr. Deckert received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Western Illinois University, and started at University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine with a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1996. She and her husband, Rob moved back to the Peoria area to stay and raise a family. With her three 2- legged children and many 4 legged kids, she spends her spare time enjoying outdoor activities like gardening, fishing, hunting, running, biking and raising poultry as a hobby. Her current 4 legged household includes Jack, a black Lab, 4 cats (Pig, Batty, Possum, and Cupcake), 3 tortoises, and a variety of chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl and peafowl.
What is Dr. Lora Deckert’s favorite thing about being a veterinarian?
Pets are an important part of our lives, both mentally and physically. Pets provide unconditional love (yes, even cats) to make the bad days better and the good days great. As a vet, I enjoy watching these relationships develop and mature, re-living some of the crazy things our pets do. Physically, they force us to be active, even if it is to get up and feed them or take them for a walk. My job, as a veterinarian, is to make sure these relationships can continue for as long as we have our furred friends. Another part of this career is public health. There is significant overlap between veterinary and human medicine, and this can only benefit our patients as well as learning more about our species. We learn something new almost every day, even after 20+ years of practice.