Dr. Jean Hofve earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University in Fort Collins in 1994. She is an accredited veterinarian, licensed in Colorado. She practiced holistic and conventional medicine in two feline-only clinics in Denver. She is now retired from active practice and mainly does freelance writing. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. She is an accomplished author on both dog and cat care, including The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care: An Illustrated Handbook and Paleo Dog: Give Your Best Friend a Long Life, Healthy Weight, and Freedom from Illness by Nurturing His Inner Wolf.
In addition to her conventional veterinary training, Dr. Hofve has studied veterinary homeopathy, Reiki (Master), and holistic medicine. She has a strong interest in flower, animal, gem, and etheric essences, and founded Spirit Essence Flower Essence Therapy for Animals in 1995 (still the only line of essence formulas designed by a veterinarian). She is certified in cat behavior by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Inc. (IAABC), and a member of the American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior (AVSAB).
Nutrition is of special concern to Dr. Hofve. She has researched pet food and cats' unique nutritional needs since graduating from veterinary school. Jean has written extensively for publications such as Animal Wellness Magazine, Dog World, Cats, The Whole Cat Journal, The Whole Dog Journal, and the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. She has been interviewed on radio and television from California to Colorado to England on pet nutrition, supplements, and the commercial pet food industry. Dr. Hofve was an official liaison to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) for two years, and continues to keep in touch with the latest developments in the pet food industry. She has also taught many classes and seminars on flower essences, energy therapies such as E.F.T. - a powerful tool based on acupuncture meridians - and other alternative treatments to pet guardians, shelter personnel, veterinarians, and veterinary students at Colorado State University and the University of California at Davis.
Jean currently lives in Denver, Colorado with four fabulous felines: Flynn, Puzzle, Sundance, and Spencer.