As a little girl, Jill played in the dirt and volunteered at local veterinary clinics in her hometown of Ottumwa, Iowa. From a farming family, Jill appreciates the importance of keeping up land and animals for crops and sources of food. Herding, dog training, veterinary science for agriculture, horticulture science, and farming are all trades within Jill’s family tree.
Jill’s love for animals was demonstrated early on, from the time the new van hit a deer (she was concerned about how much pain the deer might be in) to when a bird hit the windshield (she wondered if the bird survived). Volunteering at veterinary clinics fed her desire to help care for any hurt or sick animal.
As she grew up, Jill’s empathy and care branched off to concern for people in emotional pain. After earning her bachelor of science degree in psychology, she worked at programs that served the young, the confused, and socially lost teenagers. Continuing to volunteer in animal facilities in her spare time, Jill pursued a graduate program in Macomb, Illinois, to learn aquarium and zoo management. During her studies, she volunteered at the Field Museum in the Taxidermy department and at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. At the Shedd Aquarium, she completed her Ethology study of Pacific White Sided Dolphins.
Jill’s interest in the veterinary field increased, as did her desire to watch and learn from animal necropsy (autopsy). Informed that she had to be a registered veterinary technician or a veterinarian to participate, she immediately began her search for a veterinary program. With her experience with marine mammals, Jill was able to complete the Foothill College Veterinary Technology program in Los Altos Hills, California, taking advantage of marine mammal opportunities nearby. She volunteered at the Marine Mammal Center in Moss Landing, California, and held paid positions at veterinary clinics near school. Loving that experience, Jill continued her education at DeAnza College in Cupertino, California, completing management and entrepreneurship programs. At DeAnza College, Jill’s accounting instructor proposed a class project. Jill worked with students who needed dog training; this school project ultimately sparked the idea of PawsClause, Inc.
With support from instructors at Foothill and DeAnza Colleges, Jill entered a business plan competition. The second place winner with her idea of PawsClause, Inc., Jill has since opened the doors to her business. She continues to cultivate growing experiences, friendships, and ideas for even better service for pets and their owners.
Jill is Pet First Aid Certified. She is also a member of the Pet Professionals Guild, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NATVA), the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), South Bay Trainers (SBT), and Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians (SVBT). Jill is TAGteach™ Certified and is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP).
Jill lives in San Jose, California, with her three dogs and two cats, two daughters, and a wonderfully supportive husband.