Jennifer Van de Kieft
Jennifer is a Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist 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.
As part of the ABI certification program, she completed her field placement at Animal Haven in Manhattan volunteering in their cattery. Jennifer is also TNR certified through Neighborhood Cats.
Jennifer currently 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, behavior studies, and issues impacting felines. She completed the Advanced Feline Training Course at ABI last Spring, and recently completed the Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program, and is now a Fear Free Certified Professional.
In addition to the feline behavior certification, Jennifer has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a law degree. She is currently fulfilling a 3 year term on the Animal Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Jennifer lives with her husband, son and five cats in Brooklyn, NY. This is Luke pictured with her. Their other cats are Lily, Josh, Maya and Oscar.