Beyond Behaviour


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After graduating from film school, Jessica began her career as a video editor. She began volunteering at an animal shelter in her free time; walking dogs, raising kittens, and performing pre-home inspections. During this time, her cat, Milkshake, went missing. After days of searching high and low, Milkshake was eventually found under the neighbour’s shed.
Her face was crushed. Dehydrated and in severe pain, she was raced to the vet, where she stayed for a week and underwent multiple surgeries. Milkshake’s sister, Foosball, was pining for her at home. But when Milkshake returned, Foosball seemed to have amnesia; she went straight for the attack!
With the help of a behaviourist, the cats were able to rebuild their relationship. Working through the behaviour modification programme, Jess realised that although she had always loved animals, she knew nothing about their behaviour!
She has since qualified as a ThinkingPets Conti-Puppy instructor, holds the OCN UK accredited Diploma through the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology. She is accredited with the CAPBT, ICAN, and the Animal Behaviour Consultants of South Africa. She marks and tutors the Diploma course for COAPE International.
Jessica serves on the committee for the Midrand SPCA to improve the welfare of the animals in their care, specifically focusing on behaviour problem prevention, and public education.
After having children, Jessica developed a keen interest in early child development. Her second-born son developed a seizure disorder, which required a shift away from conventional parenting. This drove her to become a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator.
This deep understanding of animal and human emotion allows her to offer unrivalled support for the families with whom she works.
Jessica is a co-founder of the Conscious Parenting Association South Africa.
Jessica is currently studying Bachelor of Applied Social Science through SACAP.
​She remains well trained by her dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, rats, and two young sons.

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