She is the owner of Animal Behavior Consultants of Michigan, where she practices an approach to behavioral medicine that combines learning theory, skilled medical training, and experience along with compassion and effective communication to create an integrated treatment plan that is tailored to the individual patient’s needs.
As a member of 4-H, Dr. Jill Sackman grew up raising and showing horses, rabbits, and chickens, and her family has always included dogs and cats. Her desire to pursue a career in science and veterinary medicine was encouraged as a teenager when her uncle, a biology professor at the University of Colorado, introduced her to polio vaccine creator Jonas Salk, MD.
Dr. Sackman is a board-certified veterinary surgeon, and she has worked side-by-side with human surgeons exploring causes of cardiovascular diseases, a special interest of hers. She spent several years in research and development at Johnson & Johnson where she led a team of veterinarians and engineers in developing cutting-edge medical products.
Fascinated by cognition and behavior in all species, she completed her American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) approved residency program. Dr. Sackman is focusing on the human-animal bond as well as ways veterinarians can continuously improve the quality of life of their patients. Particularly interested in early detection and treatment of canine aggression, she works with pets families to help them build strong early relationships with their pets including basic life skills, socialization, and home enrichment.
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