Dr. Jill Goldman is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) and a court qualified animal behavior expert. She was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. At five years old she knew she related to animals (perhaps better than people), and by 13 she decided to become an animal behaviorist (despite it being a non existent mainstream career path at the time). After studying rats, mice, and geriatric humans for her B.A. and Spec. in Psychology, she moved to Halifax Nova Scotia to study the behavior of wolves and obtained her Masters (M.Sc.) at Dalhousie University. For her Doctorate (Ph.D.), she moved to Toronto, Ontario to study the behavior of non-human primates (monkeys) and birds at York University and The Toronto Zoo. Her Post Doctoral Fellowship was fulfilled at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Central Park Zoo (CPZ) in New York City where she treated the behavior of dogs, cats, and some exotics. After completing her 2-year behavior clinical residency, she moved to Southern California and began working with animal shelters and private clients from her own animal behavior clinical practice.
Over the course of her academic and professional experiences, and the many animals she has had the pleasure to meet, Dr. Goldman has learned that if there is one thing for sure...it is that every single animal is unique and deserves to be treated as such. Each species, and each individual in that species experiences and interacts with the world through their own unique sensory system and past conditioning. To treat an individual with a cookie cutter approach is deny that individual the qualities that make them special. Dr. Goldman treats each case by working to understand the situation from the animal's perspective (Umwelt (o͝omvelt): The world as it is experienced by a particular organism.), and using science and ethics to improve the lives of animals and people.
Dr. Goldman's CV is available upon request.