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 completed the Living and Learning with Animals course in March through Behavior Works with Dr Susan Friedman. This is a course for animal professionals to learn the foundations of behavior analysis and the science and technology of behavior change for captive and companion animals. She is currently enrolled in 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.
In addition to the feline behavior certifications, Jennifer has 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.