Dr. Kempf attended the National Veterinary School of Lyon, from 1978 to 1982 and got the DVM degree in 1983, then a certificate of animal and compared immunology in Maisons Alfort 1983. She got a PhD Thesis on avian mycoplasmas from the University of Rennes I, area : Biology, Molecular Genetics. She is a European Veterinary Specialist in Poultry Veterinary Science since 2013.
As a scientist in CNEVA, AFSSA then Anses in Ploufragan (France) she specialized first in avian mycoplasmas, then in antimicrobial resistance of bacteria of avian and swine origin
She has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed publications