Fredericksburg SPCA Behavior Manager, Jennifer Burks, is excited to bring affordable, high quality classes and canine training to the Fredericksburg community. Jennifer became interested in animal behavior with an emphasis on the human-animal bond over a decade ago when she began her work in the animal welfare field. Working as a Behavior Technician focusing on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Jennifer grew passionate about shaping behavior through knowledge of what motivates each action.

Jennifer graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland. She attended the Animal Behavior Institute and was awarded the Certified Canine Training and Behavior Specialist (CCTBS) Certificate. 

Jennifer is excited to embark on launching the Behavior Program for the Fredericksburg SPCA, and has high goals of expanding the program to offer many different classes. She recognizes that many animals are surrendered to shelters because their families do not have the tools for training. By offering an accessible program, Jennifer hopes to help bolster the Fred SPCA’s mission of animal retention by keeping pets in the homes of families who already love them.

She now calls Fredericksburg home with her husband Steve, 2 children and her fur babies Allie, Hazelnut, and Clarabelle.