Jennifer Boonstra, DVM


Dr. Boonstra joined Bellwood in January of 2021.   She is a 2006 graduate from the University of Illinois, with a custom track in exotics/zoo/wildlife.  She also competed a 1-year small animal medicine and surgery internship.

Dr. Boonstra is a well accomphlished veterinarian.  She received her Masters in Public Health from University of Illinois – Chicago.  She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.  She has received her certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institute.  She is also a graduate of the Healing Oasis Wellness Center – VSMT.

Dr. Boonstra has also completed a 1-year fellowship at Shedd Aquarium, has published several original research and other scientific publications, and is Fear Free Certified.

Dr. Boonstra says she has a passion for exotic animals with many years of training, and has experience with all types of animals working as a zoo and exotic veterinarian.

She loves working with dogs and cats.  She has one dog, three cats and one duck of her own.

Dr. Boonstra enjoys spending her free time skiing, hiking, kayaking or anything outdoors with her fiancé and daughter.

Jennifer Boonstra