Dr. Jill Sackman grew up raising and showing horses, rabbits, and chickens; her pet family has always included horses, dogs, and cats. Fascinated by cognition and behavior in all species, her practice focuses on improving the human-animal bond as well as on ways veterinarians can improve the quality of life of their patients. Particularly interested in early detection and treatment of canine aggression, Dr. Sackman works with pets’ families to help them build strong early relationships with their pets, including basic “life skills,” socialization, and home enrichment opportunities. She leads the Blue Pearl hospitals in Michigan on low-stress patient-handling techniques.
Dr. Sackman is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received advanced clinical and research training at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Tennessee, and Washington University in St. Louis. A resident in the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, Dr. Sackman specializes in the evaluation and treatment of horse, dog, and cat behavior problems. She is a 2015 Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Dog Trainer Professional program graduate.
Dr. Sackman has raised and shown her dogs in conformation, agility, Rally, and obedience. She is a lifelong equestrienne, and rides and trains dressage and carriage-driving horses.