Jennifer Van de Kieft
Jennifer is a Certified Advanced Feline Training and Behavior Professional through the Animal Behavior Institute (ABI). This comprehensive program focusing entirely on cats included coursework on feline history, reproduction, causes and treatment of problem behaviors, science driven training techniques, enrichment, health issues, CPR / first aid, and nutrition. She is trained to create individualized Behavior Modification Plans to address problem behaviors. She trains cats utilizing humane positive reinforcement methods and is also a Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer.
Helping the rescue community, Jennifer volunteers for Brooklyn Animal Action providing feline behavior advice to rescuers and recent adopters. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and supporting member of the International Association for Animal Behavior Consultants.
Jennifer stays up to date on the latest training, research, and issues impacting felines. She recently completed the requirements for the Natural Animal Nutrition course with the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies. The course provides the knowledge and skills to advise on the advantages and disadvantages of prepared pet foods, alternative feeding approaches and home-made diets. She also recently became a Certified Pet Nutrition Coach through the North American Veterinary Community. What and how we feed cats is something Jennifer is passionate about.
Other education includes an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a law degree. Jennifer lives with her husband, son and five cats in Brooklyn, NY. Maya is the black cat pictured with her and Luke loves to high-five. Their other cats are Lily, Josh, and Oscar.